CFSE / CFSP Specialities

Machinery Safety Applications


The CFSE Governance 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 Board reserves the right to revise curricula to reflect these changes.


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

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

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

  1. General requirements of IEC61508 and IEC62061
  2. Other relevant international standards (i.e. EN ISO 12100, EN13849)
  3. Common terms and definitions
  4. Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives                    
  5. Category selection
  6. Fault consideration and tolerance
  7. Safety, availability and reliability relationships                    
  8. Requirements for Management of Functional Safety
  9. General documentation requirements
                          a. Change control requirements
                          b. Approval requirements, independence of approval                    
  10. Achieving Machine Safety
  11. Hazard identification, analysis and risk assessment concepts and procedures (EN1050)
  12. Safety function and protective measure identification, selection and development
  13. Safety Requirements Specification requirements                    
  14. Typical failure modes of equipment used in SIS
                          a. Light curtains
                          b. Switches
                          c. Motor controllers
                          d. Floor mats
  15. Wearout mechanisms of equipment used in SIS                    
  16. SIL (and category) verification concepts and procedures
                          a. Understanding of different calculation methods and limitations
                          b. Understanding of failure rate data and limitations                      
                          c. Understanding of periodic test procedures and effectiveness
                          d. Understanding fault tolerant testing
  17. Design concepts and procedures
                          a. Pressure-sensitive devices
                          b. Opto-electronic devices
                          c. Human-machine interfaces
                          d. Two hand control
                          e. Perimeter guarding
  18. Installation requirements
  19. Safety validation concepts and procedures                    
  20. Management of change concepts and procedures                    
  21. Decommissioning concepts and procedures

Please note that training in these core competencies is currently under development. Further information will be posted as it becomes available