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Functional Safety and SIL for Technicians (IEC 61511) Training


Dates and Locations

This course is offered in house.

About this course

TUV Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented SystemRisknowlogy offers a SILComp® certified functional safety and SIL training course for instrument and field technicians. The course focuses on functional safety aspects for the operation, maintenance, repair and testing of safety instrumented systems in the process, oil & gas, power and chemical industries according to IEC 61511.

Course objectives

The first day of the course provides an overview of Functional Safety, to give a solid understanding of the key concepts of the relevant standards and to ensure that those attending the course understand the role that a Technician plays in the context of the work that has gone before. If the SIL of the safety function is not maintained during the “operate, maintain and repair” part of the lifecycle, then all the essential work to correctly identify the required SIL and to design and install it is lost – and the required protection will no longer be in place. By reviewing the tasks that occur prior to the Technicians taking responsibility for safety functions, their responsibility in ensuring Functional Safety is made clear.

The second day of the course provides more practical instruction on the tasks that Technicians will be expected to perform. A number of classroom exercises are completed, that are designed to show model approaches to various tasks, while highlighting typical pitfalls.

For courses that are run “in-house”, the second day of the course can be customised to reference the actual procedures, terminology and approach of the end client, which further enhances the relevance of the teaching to the class and to their day-to-day role.

The need to adopt an appropriate attitude towards safety is a key concept addressed throughout the course, through the taught material, through video case studies and in the concluding section of the second day. Technicians often face pressure to ignore procedures and to cut corners – from their peers, their superiors and due to time and cost constraints. The course specifically addresses these issues and a key goal is to equip those on the course with the knowledge they need to understand why these pressures must be resisted.

The course incorporates rigorous and formal assessment (by way of tests at the end of each module and a final, short examination). If students attain the required pass mark and can demonstrate sufficient prior experience, they are awarded their SILComp Technicians – FS Tech qualification.

What you will get

Safety Passport

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All delegates receive:

  • The course material
  • A Risknowlogy Safety Passport
  • Upon successful completion of the evaluations and examination a Risknowlogy certificate
    • Certified Technician – FS Tech – Passing rate exam >60%
    • Certified Technician – FS Tech with honors – Passing rate exam >85%
  • The Risknowlogy certification is valid for 5 years
  • The Risknowlogy certification is recognised world wide

Certification Levels

This course comes with an exam that leads to the title: Risknowlogy Certified Technician.

Course information

  • Course dates: See our public schedule,
  • In-house training: Yes it is possible and is a very popular option for this course, contact us for more details
  • Course evaluation and exam: during the course
  • Course material language: English
  • Course instructor language: English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Course exam: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Time: 9:30 – 16:00

Who should attend

The training course is meant for those technicians involved in safety equipment (transmitters, barriers, solenoids, actuators, valves)  that require functional safety in the oil & gas, chemical, power and processing industries, for example:

  • Instrument Technicians
  • OEM Service Personnel

About the exam

The attendees on the course are given a number of evaluation exercises throughout the course, with a short, formal examination at the conclusion of the second day. The emphasis of the assessments are to ensure that attendees have understood the course material and the requirements placed on them by the standard. Support and feedback are provided during the course to ensure that attendees achieve the required standard.

What this course covers

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Functional Safety
  • Aspects of Functional Safety
    • Types of failure
    • Safety Integrity Levels and what they mean
    • Functional Safety Management and Lifecycle
    • Hazard and Risk Analysis
    • Safety Requirement Specification
    • Design, Installation and Commissioning
    • Operate, Maintain, Repair

Day 2:

  • Proof Testing
    • What is a Proof Test
    • Ideal Proof Testing
    • Lessons from a real world review
    • Issues for practical Proof Testing
    • Proof Test Worked Examples
  • Legal requirements
    • Introduction
    • PFD Calculations
    • Identifying Failure Modes
    • Diagnostic Functions
    • Direct Test Methods
    • Other Methods
    • Partial Proof Testing
    • Proof Test Procedures
    • Redesign
    • Managing Failures
    • Auditing and Monitoring Performance
  • Attitude and Behaviour

You will understand

  • The basics of functional safety
  • How the SIL of a safety function is determined
  • What SIL actually means
  • Why safety functions need to be treated in a special way
  • How your role is relevant to the safety lifecycle
  • How your work relates to Functional Safety Management
  • What your local regulatory body expects of you
  • What went wrong in a number of practical case studies