As an engineer responsible for critical industrial processes, you face a myriad of challenges:
This makes it difficult to develop, maintain, and document the expertise needed to excel at your job.
This raises the potential for catastrophic safety-related accidents such as the explosion at Texas City, which killed 15 people while injuring 180 more, and the fire at the Buncefield Oil Depot, which resulted in a £1 billion (1.6 billion USD) loss.
Having trained and competent people is a requirement for compliance with international safety standards IEC 61508, IEC 61511 / ISA 84, and IEC 62061.
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.
|CFSE Requirements||CFSP Requirements|
|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|
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 Governing Board cannot take any liability for the work of any individual CFSE. The program is not a governmental program as is most state PE programs.
A company cannot assume any liability protection by using a CFSE 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.
The Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) program helps individuals gain the knowledge and skills to become recognized experts in the application & design of safety systems.
Provides proof of competence
Hiring a CFSE / CFSP is a critical step in developing a safety culture
Screening criteria for hiring new employees
Saves Money (Reduces False Trip Rate for End Users and Prevents Loss)
Increases Functional Safety Skills
Increasing your value as an employee
Opportunities for advancement, responsibility, & increased compensation