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Functional Safety and SIL for Safety-Related Systems Training (IEC 61508) with TUV certification

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A course for Engineers, Specialists, and Professionals

Functional Safety and SIL for Safety-Related Systems TrainingRisknowlogy offers a TUV SUD certified functional safety and SIL for safety-related systems training course for safety-related systems (SRS) specialists, professionals and engineers. The course focuses on functional safety aspects of safety systems according to IEC 61508.

Course objectives

The main objective of this course is to give engineers, professionals and specialists involved in safety-related systems the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of functional safety and the requirements of the functional safety safety standard IEC 61508. A second objective is to give anybody attending the course the opportunity to certify their knowledge through an exam.

What you will get

TUV Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented System personal ID

Your personal TUV ID

TUV Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented System certificate

Your TUV Certificate

Risknowlogy Safety Passport Functional Safety for Safety-Related Systems Training

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All applicants receive:

  • The course material
  • White papers on functional safety topics
  • A Risknowlogy Certificate of Attendance
  • A Risknowlogy Safety Passport
  • Upon successful completion of the exam:
    • A Risknowlogy or TÜV SÜD certificate,
    • A listing on the Risknowlogy and TÜV SÜD website, and a personal ID logo for your business card
    • The certification is valid for life
    • The certification is recognised world wide

Knowledge Certification

This Functional Safety and SIL for Safety-Related Systems Training course offers the following Knowledge Certification levels based on the following passing criteria:

  • TUV FS Engineer: Exam score equal or more than 60% and less than 75%.
  • TUV FS Professional: Exam score equal or more 75%.

Course information

  • Course dates: See our public schedule on the right. In-house training available upon request
  • Course exam date: One day after the course
  • Course material language: English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Course instructor language: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian
  • Course exam: English, French, Spanish
  • Duration: 4 days + 4 hours exam
  • Time: 9:00 – 17:00

Who should attend

The training course is meant for those individuals involved in safety-related systems according to IEC 61508 and that need to get certified. For example:

  • Products, subsystem developers and manufacturers,
  • Hardware engineers
  • Software engineers
  • System engineers
  • Risk engineers
  • Safety engineers
  • Process control engineers
  • Maintenance engineers
  • Managers of engineering departments
  • Anybody who wants to get their functional safety knowledge certified

About the exam

The Functional Safety and SIL for Safety-Related Systems Training course is a complete overview course which means that we explain the concepts of functional safety without going into detail for each topic addressed. The course is for everybody involved in any part of the lifecycle of safety instrumented systems. Everybody involved in functional safety will need to know about topics like functional safety management, lifecycle, risk analysis, reliability calculations, etc. But it is not expected that everybody becomes an expert on these topics. Therefore the questions of the exam will be of a nature that anybody should be able to answer them. What you should not expect is questions that ask you to perform a SIL calculation, to perform a detailed software criticality study. Any question asked can be answered by understanding the fundamental concepts of functional safety. With good reasoning it will be possible for anybody to get to the right answer. Calculators and other tools are not required during the exam. During the course sample questions will be presented and discussed.

You will be able to

  • Communicate the basics of functional safety to your colleagues, management and peers in industry
  • Apply functional safety management
  • Differentiate between safety functions and control functions
  • Perform hazard and risk analysis
  • Determine the SIL with risk graph and matrix methodology
  • Verify and validate safety related systems
  • Understand the basic requirements of the functional safety standards
  • Create basic designs of safety related systems taking into account architectural constraints
  • Understand the effect of redundancy, diagnostics, proof test intervals, hardware fault tolerance on the SIL
  • Use and apply third party reports, certification and proven in use of devices
  • Understand measures to avoid failures
  • Understand measures to control failures

What Functional Safety and SIL for Safety-Related Systems training covers

Day 1:

  • Introduction to functional safety
    • Accidents
    • IEC 61508
    • Random, common cause and systematic failures
    • Measure to avoid and control failures
  • Functional safety management:
    • Life cycle concept
    • Competency
    • Verification
    • Validation
    • Assessment
    • Audit
    • Documentation
    • modifications

Day 2

  • Hazard & Risk Analysis:
    • Hazard identification
    • Hazard and risk analysis
    • Risk reduction
    • FMEA, FTA, LOPA, Risk Graph, Risk Matrix
    • Safety function definition SLATS
    • Safety requirements specification
  • Planning the safety system
    • Planning for end users, integrators, and realization of safety systems
    • Safety plan,
    • Verification plan,
    • Validation plan,
    • Assessment plan
    • Audit plan
    • Safety requirement specification

Day 3

  • Hardware design
    • Hardware lifecycle
    • Energize vs de-energize
    • Low demand, high demand, continuous mode
    • Target failure measure (PFDavg, PFH)
    • Redundancy
    • Diversity
    • Voting
    • Hardware fault tolerance
    • Type A, Type B
    • Diagnostic tests
    • Proof tests
    • Safe failure fraction
    • Architectural constraints according to IEC 61508 (route 1h, 2h)

Day 4

  • Hardware reliability
    • Reliability modeling
    • FMEDA
    • Block diagrams
    • Simplified equations
    • FTA
    • Markov
    • Failure data
    • PFD calculation
  • Software design
    • Software lifecycle
    • Embedded software
    • Application software
    • Utility software
    • Software architecture
    • V-model
    • Measures to avoid failures
  • Operation and maintenance
    • Installation and commissioning
    • Safety validation
    • Operation, maintenance and repair
    • Modification and retrofit
    • Maintenance override

Frequently asked questions

Why should you attend?
The functional safety standards (IEC 61508) require that anybody involved in safety lifecycle activities shall be competent to carry out the activates for which they are accountable. Use this course, examination and certification to prove to your clients, peers and management that you are competent in the field of functional safety. When you pass the examination you get your functional safety knowledge certified and can use the certificate to demonstrate your competency.
How long is the TUV certificate valid?
The certificate is valid for life.
Are there prerequisites?

The training course is a review course only. This means that anybody taking the course should already work in the safety industry and have general knowledge about functional safety, IEC 61508 and other functional safety standards. To take the exam and qualify for the certification eligibility requirements have been set:

      • 6 years experience in the applicable industry
      • Education gives credits:
        • Bachelor degree deduct 2 years
        • Masters degree deduct 3 years
        • Ph.D. degree deduct 4 years
      • Two references
      • Follow a training course and successfully pass the associated exam
      • Pass criteria TUV FS Engineer: Exam score between 60% and 75%
      • Pass criteria TUV FS Professional: Exam score over 75%