Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems Training

We organise the Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems training with certification since 2004. In the mean time the Risknowlogy training material has reached over 10000 professionals world wide.

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  • Length: 5 Days
  • CPD: 36 hours
  • Personal Development Program(s): SILComp
  • Exam: Yes
  • Certification title: Functional Safety Specialist, Functional Safety Engineer orFunctional Safety Professional
  • Safety passport: Yes
  • Availability: Public, In house

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Course Description

Risknowlogy offers the accredited Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems training course for specialists, professionals and engineers. The course focuses on functional safety aspects for the process, oil & gas, and chemical industries according to IEC 61511.

The main objective of this course is to give engineers, professionals and specialists involved in safety instrumented systems the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of functional safety and the requirements of the functional safety standard IEC 61511 in reference to the IEC 61508 standard. A second objective is to give anybody attending the course the opportunity to certify their knowledge through an exam.

What you will get

All participants get:

  • The course material
  • White papers on functional safety topics
  • Safety Passport
  • Upon successful completion of the course:
    • A Risknowlogy or TÜV SÜD certificate,
    • A knowledge certificate for those that pass the exam

Knowledge Certification

This course comes with an exam and personal knowledge certification.

  • Functional Safety Specialist, Engineer (TUV) certificate for those that obtain 60% or higher on the exam
  • Functional Safety Professional (TUV) certificate for those that obtain 75% or higher on the exam
  • Functional Safety Specialist certificate with distinction for those that obtain 85% or hire on the exam
  • Certificate of Attendance for that that do not pass the exam

Who should attend Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems training?

Any professionals working directly or indirectly in their workplace with Functional safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems.

Course content

Day 1

  • Introduction to functional safety
    • Business case for functional safety
    • Important laws
    • The IEC 61508 and IEC 61511 standards
    • Random, common cause and systematic failures
  • Functional safety management:
    • Life cycle concept
    • Competency
    • Verification
    • Validation
    • Assessment
    • Audit
    • Documentation
    • Important FSM procedures
    • Modifications
    • Configuration management

Day 2

  • Hazard & Risk Analysis:
    • Hazard identification
    • Hazard and risk analysis
    • Risk reduction
    • HAZID, FMEA, FTA, HAZOP, ETA, 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)
    • Architectural constraints according to IEC 61511

Day 4

  • Hardware reliability
    • Reliability modelling
    • FMEDA
    • Block diagrams
    • Simplified equations
    • FTA
    • Markov
    • Failure data
    • PFD calculation
  • Software design
    • Software lifecycle
    • Embedded software
    • Application software
    • Utility software
    • Fixed programming languages (FPL)
    • Limited variability languages (LVL)
    • Full variability languages (FVL)
    • 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

Day 5

  • Exam

Personal Development

Participants in the Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented Systems training course can further develop their SIL skills be attending the following courses:

  • HAZOP training
  • LOPA training
  • HAZOP/LOPA Leadership training
  • SIL Verification and calculation
  • Functional safety and SIL for Technicians
  • Functional safety and SIL for Operators

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The course material and trainer knowledge are fantastic.
P. Dhamodaram, Farah Experience, UAE
Course content and examples are very good. It enhances the knowledge of every engineer.
Deepak. D, McDermott, UAE
The material is very good, it gives much clarity about functional safety.
Deepak. S, McDermott, UAE
This course is very complete, and the training is made simple and clear. It was a very useful course for our projects and explains how important it is to comply with the standard.
Majdi. S, Dar, Lebanon
The course teaches you that functional safety is necessary for all disciplines, very useful.
B. Menon, Dragon Oil, UAE
Trainer was very patient to listen & answered to all questions.
Rajehskumar L., UAE
Effective course teaching all the knowledge about SIL, SIS and SIFs from the basics to the details.
Well organised course that teaches you functional safety in depth.
S. Nellayappan, Equate, Kuwait
This course is very good. I learned a lot.
G. Tkrulja, FLSmidth, Denmark
This course gives you all the detailed information you need to manage your SIS and functional safety. Very informative and relevant.
P. Sridharan, Tebodin, UAE
The course was excellent, from content up to delivery. Eveyr body should learn about FSM.
H. Al Tawil, Aramco, Saudi Arabia
Excellent course that delivers a lot of information about SIS and tools for SIS.
H. Al Mesoudy, Iraq
Very well course and very informative. Every colleague should follow this course to gain knowledge about functional safety.
K. Al Abouli, ADNOC, UAE
Excellent course to learn functional safety. Very good course.
B. Boutoutou, ADNOC, UAE
This course is excellent to develop your career path and to gain knowledge.
P. Walsh, Alderley, UAE
The trainer is highly competent, has explained the course material very well in an excellent manner and easy to understand way.
M. Gajjar, ADNOC, UAE
Great course to understand and apply concepts related to safety systems and to consider them while we bid for new projects. The training sessions where well organised and with good content.
F. Bhutta, Alderley, UAE
Excellent course if you want to understand the standard. Enjoyed the course, excellent trainer and great material.
H. Jadav, Alderley, UAE
Fantastic trainer, demonstration of gaps between standards & industry trend. It is setting a good foundation for my projects involving SIS.
Z. Ansari, DNVGL, UAE
Very good trainer with full knowledge no the subject and always full of energy to answer all questions.
R. Andharia, McDermott, UAE
Very enlightning course. Learned the fundamentals of functional safety.
B. Naralocnik, Comita, UAE
This course is very effective in teaching functional safety for safety instrumented systems. Details are explained in an easy to understand manner.
S. Lakshmanachuryulu, ADNOC Offshore, UAE
Well organised course. It gave me in depth knowledge about functional safety.
S. Nellayappan, Equate, Kuwait
Very educational, mainly functional safety management.
JL Bowlding, STINOIL, Netherlands
Very good but intense course. A lot of fun though with this teacher.
R. Vlug, Endress+Hauser, Netherlands
Very useful to understand FSM fully. End users must cover FSM more strictly.
J. Hakemulder, Eneco, Netherlands
Friendly, knowledgeable teacher who created a great atmosphere during the course.
Anonymous, Netherlands
Relatively boring subject made exciting.
B. Prins, Woodward, Netherlands
There are a lot of practical examples. This course makes a good combination between theory and practice.
S. van Eijk, KH Engineering, Netherlands
Very positive about this course and the instructor. Learned a lot and I can now positively say I know what to do for functional safety.
J. Breugelmans, Raster, Netherlands
It is good to get the knowledge about what is functional safety and how to implement it as per standard requirements. Content is very good, specially for new professionals who do not have background in functional safety. The trainer was excellent, he listed patiently to all queries and tried to answer all of them.
S.A. Fatangare, Citec Engineering, India
Best knowledge and information of functional safety in one course available.
S. Gole, Independent Professional, India
Everybody involved in SIS should follow this course. Great knowledge.
H. Pandey, NM Automation, India
Course gives overview of all the safety life cycle. the trainer is very good in explaining things with regular real life examples. Things get clear easily this way.
Y. B. Sarode, Pinnacle Industrial Controls, India
Very helpful in growing awareness about functional safety management and in building skills related to hazard and risk analysis and SIF and SIS design. It clearly explains the importance of functional safety in in the various stages of the life cycle.
U. S. Shete, Sulzer, India
This course met my requirements and gave me lots of functional safety knowledge and awareness.
M. Shujauddin, Saudi Aramco, Saudi
Gained a lot of knowledge.
R. Thakur, N.M. Automation, India
This course is important for any process industry professional. It teaches functional safety and we as SI understand our role.
D. Trividi, N.M. Automation, India
Teaches you to work in a systematic way, to organise, plan and schedule. I enjoyed the structured way of teaching and the interactivity of the course.
A.Watule, Pinnacle Industrial Controls, India
Very good course. All my practical questions were answered.
P. Atre, Thyssenkrupp, India
This course met my requirements and gave me lots of functional safety knowledge and awareness.
M. Shujauddin, Saudi Aramco, Saudi
Follow this course if you want to improve you skills in functional safety or in your organisation. It is very useful and has a lot of contents.
S. Al Ghassani, Occidental, Oman
Anybody who should be familiar with risk and its impact on process design or who need to design the right SIS should attend this course.
S. Al Abri, Occidental, Oman
Very good for anybody who needs to understand SIS and the importance of SIS.
M. Al Kaabi, Occidental, Oman
Very beneficial for any body involved in SIS. You learn about FSM, hardware and software and much more.
H. Al Waili, Occidental, Oman
A lot of information related to SIS.
M. Al Hajri, Occidental, Oman
If you are involved in SIS,  this is your course.
A. Al Amri, Occidental, Oman
Trainer clearly explained the SIL concepts as they apply to SIS and I feel that I learned something really valuable for my job and career.
R. Saravannan, Petronash, UAE
Absolutely nothing negative about this course. A must follow course for if you want to get certified in SIL.
Prince Presannan, Alkhorayef, Kuwait
It’s a must course for all professionals associated with functional safety
Sudhir Bane, EGA, UAE
Very informative and at the right pace.
Siew Aun Kung Lim, ABS Group, UAE
Safety is a mandatory subject in our company and in order to achieve it we must attend trainings courses like these.
Reem Al Shkeili, EGA, UAE
Most perfect course ever. The trainer made it more interesting and well.
A. Al Jabri, Occidental, Oman
Everything was well organised and systematic.
Haitham AlHarthy, Occidental, Oman
The trainer is very good/excellent and coverage of functional safety is high.
M. Al-Mahrouqi, Occidental, Oman
Easy to understand from the course notebook.
T. AlSiyabi, Occidental, Oman
In general, the course was very very useful.
A. Al-Azizi, Occidental, Oman

In order to achieve the knowledge certificate associated with this Functional Safety and SIL for Safety Instrumented System training course the applicants need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Fill out the Application Form
  2. Have 6 years of experience in the process industry. It is possible to receive the following education credit:
    1. Bachelor degree: 2 years
    2. Masters degree: 3 years
    3. PhD degree: 4 years
  3. Have 2 references that can confirm the experience
  4. Participate at least one time this training
  5. Pass the associated exam

Every participant in our training courses receives a personal Safety Passport®. Your personal Safety Passport is an online independently verified track record demonstrating you competency. An example of a Safety Passport is given here. Your Safety Passport can hold:

  • Knowledge certificates achieved through training,
  • Role or field based certification achieved through practical experience, and
  • Participation in qualified events

The Safety Passport is free of charge for Risknowlogy clients.

Our personal development training and certification program is compliant with ISO 17024, the standard for people certification. We strive to offer you the best personal training, development and certification program in the world. Where applicable we cooperate with industry organisations like TUV, ISA, IEEE, DIN, to have our courses approved.

Our trainers are:

  • Dr. Michel Houtermans
  • Mandar Phadke
  • Didier Turcinovic
  • Ricardo Vittoni

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