TUV Certified IEC 61511 Functional SafetyTraining Course


As part of the TUV SUD Functional Safety Certification Programme, =Method offer the Functional Safety for Safety Instrumented Systems Professionals training course. The course is universally recognised as the essential qualification for professionals and engineers working with any aspect of the Functional Safety lifecycle in the Process and Power industries. The course provides an overview of the entire IEC 61511 lifecycle and details how key aspects such as Verification, Validation, Functional Safety Assessments and Audits can be practically implemented. On successful completion of the course and the examination, candidates that can demonstrate the required level of experience will achieve the “TUV Functional Safety Professional” award. Certification takes place in cooperation with TUV SUD.

The Course is structured over 3 days of class room training, followed by a 4-hour exam on the 4th day.

Course Content

  • Functional safety management
    • Life cycle concept, documentation requirements, verification, validation, assessments and audits, modifications
  • Hazard & Risk Analysis
    • Hazard identification, hazard analysis, risk reduction, safety function definition using FTA, HAZOP, LOPA, Risk Matrix, Risk Graph
  • Planning the safety system
    • Planning for end users, integrators, realisation of safety systems, safety plan, verification plan, validation plan, safety requirement specification, requirements for suppliers, FAT, SAT
  • Hardware design
    • Hardware lifecycle, energise vs de-energise, low demand, high demand and continuous mode, redundancy, diversity, hardware fault tolerance, safe failure fraction, type A/B, architectural constraints, proof testing, diagnostic tests, measures to avoid and control failures
  • Hardware reliability
    • Reliability modelling, FMEDA, failure data, PFD, PFS, SIL
  • Software design
    • Software lifecycle, embedded software, application software, utility software, fixed programming languages, limited variability languages, full variability languages, 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

Who should attend

Engineers and professionals who require a broad level of knowledge and may be responsible for functional safety, its principles and methods, within their workplace.


There are no formal pre-requisites to start the training course - we assume no prior knowledge, but of course experience of Functional Safety in general and the IEC 61511 standard is advantageous.

To achieve TUV FSP status, you must attend the course, pass the exam and demonstrate the correct number of years of relevant experience, which are:

  • 6 years experience in the applicable industry
    • For which education gives credits
      • Bachelor degree deduct 2 years
      • Masters degree deduct 3 years
      • Ph.D. degree deduct 4 years
    • Evidenced by two professional/ experience references and summary CV

Exam format

  • Closed book exam
    • Multiple choice: 60
    • Open questions: 25
    • Pass criteria: 75%

After this training course you will be able to

Communicate the essential elements of functional safety to your colleagues, management and peers in industry

  • Apply functional safety management
  • Understand and play a role in hazard and risk analysis
  • Determine the required SIL with risk graph and matrix methodologies
  • Understand how to verify and validate safety instrumented systems
  • Understand the basic requirements of the functional safety standards
  • Create basic designs of safety instrumented systems, taking into account architectural constraints
  • Understand the effect of redundancy, diagnostics, proof test intervals, hardware fault tolerance on the SIL
  • Understand the routes by which devices can be shown to be compliant

What you will get

All delegates receive:

  • The course material in printed format
  • A Certificate of Attendance and upon successful completion of the programme, a TUV SUD Functional Safety Professional certificate and a listing on the TUV SUD website
  • The TUV SUD certificate is valid for life

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