The CFSE certification program entails both a review of the applicant’s
experience and the satisfactory completion of a proficiency exam. Passing the CFSE exam requires a solid in-depth knowledge
of functional safety. Many applicants choose to augment their existing skill set prior to the exam by attending one of the
optional preparatory training classes offered by our partners.
Certification is provided in two levels; CFSE and CFSP. The CFSE is aimed at professionals where functional safety is a major part of their role in the organization. They are typically responsible for leading, coordinating, and reviewing the activities of the safety lifecycle, including the more complex activities such as SIL Selection and SIL verification. The CFSP is targeted at professionals where functional safety is a secondary role or they are expected to support safety lifecycle projects on an execution level.
|10 years of equivalent experience (adjusted for education level) with a significant safety component
||2 years of equivalent experience (adjusted for education level ) with a significant safety component
|Submit a case study that demonstrates the applicant’s knowledge and safety experience.
||No case study required
|Score > 80% on a two part exam containing multiple choice, short answer, and case study problems
||Score > 80% on a single part exam containing multiple choice and short answer questions
CFSE vs. CFSP
The CFSE is the higher level certification and is aimed at professionals who actively lead, coordinate and review the more complex and demanding activities in the Safety Lifecycle in leadership positions including SIL selection and SIL verification.
The CFSP is targeted at professionals who need a thorough understanding of the Safety Lifecycle activities at the execution level without necessarily leading, coordinating or reviewing the more complex and demanding activities.
The CFSE Advisory Board cannot take any liability for the work of any
individual CFSE. The program is not a governmental program as is most state
A company cannot assume any liability protection by using our Certification program or any
other functional safety personnel competency program. Any company must
evaluate the competency of anyone working on functional safety and the
company must evaluate the correctness of all work.