Functional Safety for the Process Industry Training

Functional safety for the process industry for Siemens PROCESS CONTROL solution SYSTEM partners

The Siemens Process Control Solution System Partner Program is accessible to system integrators world wide interested in using Siemens solutions for functional safety.


Live Online STARTS ON Aug 26, 2024 at 12:00 Singapore ENDS ON Aug 27, 2024 at ±18:00
Live Online STARTS ON Sep 03, 2024 at 8:00 EDT (NY) ENDS ON Sep 04, 2024 at 14:00


As system integrator you are at the heart of the work that needs to be performed to achieve safety instrumented systems that meet not only your clients expectations but also the IEC 61511 standard.

This training course teaches you how IEC 61511 applies functional safety to safety instrumented functions and how IEC 61508 needs to be utilised to select SIL rated hardware. This training is one of three mandatory workshops for the Siemens Partner program. If you pass the associated exam, you earn an internationally recognised knowledge certificate.

Key Course Outcomes:

  • What functional safety is and why it exists in the first place
  • How functional safety applies to your job, your services, and your company
  • What end users to do select SIFs and SILs
  • How system integrators apply functional safety management
  • The four documents you need to plan and start building safety functions.
  • What the content of an SRS is and why it is the most important document
  • How to select SIL rated devices that meet IEC 61508
  • Important hardware concepts that apply to devices Type, Voting, HFT, SFF, diagnostics, etc.
  • How to design architectures that meet the SIL requirements
  • What PFD means and how to calculate PFD for a safety function.
  • The different PFD modelling techniques.
  • How to achieve application programs that are SIL compliant.
  • The role of FAT, iFAT and SAT
  • The content of the safety manual on SIS level

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The Curriculum

Explore the functional safety for the process industry Training curriculum

This course explains the theory of functional safety and how it applies to system integrators. As a system integrator, you will learn what it means to apply functional safety to your project. You will know which documents you need to get started and which documents you need to create to demonstrate compliance. The course will explain how to select the proper hardware and build a SIL-compliant architecture with SIL-rated hardware. Furthermore, you learn how to calculate the PFD for the designed hardware and architecture. Next, the course addresses the application program's specification, development and testing. And consequently, FAT testing. Last but not least, the course addresses the user and safety manuals to be delivered to the end user upon completion of the project.

IEC 61508 Certification Training

Module 1 - Introduction

A warm welcome to everybody. You will have the opportunity to introduce yourself, your company and why functional safety is important to you. Further more you will receive an overview of how you can become a Siemens Functional Safety Professional.

Module 2 - Functional safety in a nutshell

You need to understand what functional safety is before you can apply it effectively. That is exactly what we do in this module. We will address where functional safety comes from, how it is defined and which standards are important for system integrators.

Module 3 - Hazard and risk analysis

Before an system integrator needs to create a functionally safe safety instrumented function, somebody has to decide that a SIL rated SIF is needed in the first place. That is why industry applies hazard and risk analysis. In this module we will explain the work that is done by end users before system integrators start their work.

Module 4 - Functional safety management for system integrators

Once we have decide that we need a safety function, engineers get excited. They love designing and building stuff. But in the functional safety world you need to get your foundation right. You need to understand and apply functional safety management. In this module we explain who FSM affects system integrators.

Module 5 - Safety requirements specification (SRS)

At the technical heart of the SIFs are the safety requirements. We document those in the famous safety requirements specification. We will explain in this module who is responsible for the SRS, and what the content should be according to IEC 61511.

Module 6 - Selecting hardware devices

As a system integrator you are often required to select the required hardware for the SIFs. In this module we explain what you need to look out for and give you a checklist to select your next hardware.

Module 7 - Designing the hardware architecture

Once you have the correct, SIL rated hardware you need to design the correct architecture. You cannot design any architecture you want. In this module we explain the rules that make sure you always design a SIL compliant architecture.

Module 8 - Probability calculation

The most famous functional safety requirement in the SIL world is the probability calculation. You can only do this once you decided which hardware you integrate into which architecture. In this module we explore its importance, what can be calculated and how to do it. 

Module 9 - Application program

Today, there is not a SIF that does not contain software. In this module we teach you how to achieve SIL compliant application programs. This could well be the most important module as industry completely under estimates the effort needed to be compliant with IEC 61511.

Module 10 - Validation testing

At this point we have the correct SIL rated hardware implemented in the correct SIL rated architecture and we downloaded the correct SIL rated application program. Now it is time we validate (test) that all works perfectly well together. We teach you in this module what is involved in FAT, iFAT or SAT testing. 

Module 11 - Safety manual and user documentation

You are delivering new hardware and new software to the end user. You need to explain to them what they are getting and how it works. A safety manual on system level is needed and we teach you how to write it. 


At the end of the training you can do an exam and receive a Risknowlogy Specialist knowledge certificate. This certificate is needed to proof that you attended the training and passed the associated exam. You are one out of three mandatory trainings closer to becoming a Siemens Functional Safety Professional.
KNowledge and Attendance Certificates

YOur certification options

When you follow this Siemens training you will get an attendance certificate from TUV SUD. Further more, if you pass the associated exam you get a knowledge Certificate from Risknowlogy as a FS Specialist.

Franz Handermann

Manager Siemens Solution Partners and 30+ years functional safety expert

Manager Siemens Solution Partners and 30+ years functional safety expert

Franz is the global manager for the Siemens Process Control Partner program.

He has over 30 years of experience in safety PLCs and functional safety. Franz has specified and helped develop safety PLCs and is an active committee member for several functional safety standards.

  • Global program manager
  • IEC Member for Germany
  • Certified FS Expert

Dr Michel Houtermans

Founder of Risknowlogy, Functional Safety Master with 25+ years expierence

Founder of Risknowlogy, Functional Safety Master
with 25+ years experIence

Dr. Michel Houtermans, Founder and Managing Partner of Risknowlogy GmbH, is an eminent expert in risk, reliability, and functional safety. With an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Risk and Safety Management, he has significantly contributed to the industry. Under his leadership, Risknowlogy has become a global leader in functional safety certification, offering advanced training and tools for risk management. One of the first TUV Functional Safety Expert is renowned for his expertise, shared at various international forums. He has trained over 5000 engineers, developed numerous certification programs, and authored two books and many publications. His fluency in Dutch, English, and German further enhances his international reach and impact.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why can I not enrol in this training program?

This training is organised by Siemens and by invitation only. If you want to attend this training contact your local Siemens office.

Does this training come with a certificate

This training comes with two certificates. A knowledge certificate from Risknowlogy if you pass the exam and a participation certificate from TUV SUD for attending.

When can I do the exam?

The exam is online. You must log in to our platform to attend the exam at your convenience after the course. No need to schedule a time and date. Just make sure you complete the final exam before the end date.

Can I take a retake exam?

In case you fail the exam you must contact Siemens to find out the next exam opportunity.

Will I get a personal Safety Passport®?

Yes, everybody who follows a Risknowlogy training gets a personal, online, Safety Passport®.

Does this course come with a TUV SUD knowledge certificate?

No, you receive an attendance certificate. You will get a TUV knowledge certificate when you complete the full Siemens partner program and meet all the criteria.

Will I be listed on the TUV SUD website?

Not based on this course only. You need to finish the complete Siemens program to achieve Siemens Functional Safety Professional and then you will be listed in the TUV SUD website.
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