CFSE / CFSP Specialties

Automotive Safety Applications


The Automotive Safety Applications program applies to personnel involved in the implementation of safety-related systems in Automotive Applications.

The CFSE/CFSP Automotive Safety exams consist of questions prepared and reviewed by Automotive Safety Experts. A periodic review is done to assure that questions are understandable to those well versed in the applicable standards and fields of practice.

This exam is for the engineers in the automotive supply chain including working at an OEM, a Tier 1 supplier and including people in semiconductor design for chips that will be used in automotive applications.

The CFSE Advisory Board, in conjunction with industry experts, determines curricula based on the competencies required by international standards and industry best practice. As industries evolve through the application of improved or different technology, the Advisory Board reserves the right to revise curricula to reflect these changes.

The CFSE/CFSP Process Safety program requires demonstrated competency in current standards. Anyone not up to date will be unlikely to pass. While experience and conservative judgment is important to safety, experience alone is not enough. Additional preparation is needed for anyone not completely up to date with current standards and practice.

The CFSE Advisory Board highly recommends that you study at least 40-50 self-study hours for preparation of the CFSE/CFSP exam.

Recommended Standards:

  • ISO 26262
  • IEC 61508
  • ECE-R13
  • ECE-R79 Especially Annex 6

Recommended Course:

Sample Exam:

The curriculum for this program consists of general functional safety knowledge plus the knowledge in the applicable field of expertise:

  • General requirements of ISO 26262
  • Other relevant national and international regulations
  • Common terms and definitions
  • Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives
  • Safety management in a distributed development environment during the concept phase, product development, and after the item’s release for production
  • General documentation requirements
    • Configuration management and Change control requirements
    • Confirmation measure requirements, independence of confirmation
  • Item definition
  • Hazard identification, analysis and risk assessment concepts and procedures
  • Product development at the system, hardware, and software level
  • Development of functional and technical system-level requirements, Functional and Technical safety concept
  • ASIL decomposition
  • System, hardware, software design traceable to the functional and technical safety requirements
  • ASIL- oriented and safety-oriented analyses
    • Interpretation of tables
    • Dependent failure requirements and recommendations
  • Safety case compilation

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