CFSE / CFSP Specialities

Safety Hardware Development


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.

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

Questions related to configuration of Management, Functional Safety Management and Safety Architecture may be asked.  These are all areas that must be understood by both hardware and software engineers in order to avoid safety design errors.  Engineers should have a good understanding of diagnostic techniques that often require a combination of hardware and software.

1. The Safety Hardware Development program applies to personnel involved in the hardware implementation of safety-related systems utilizing electronic or programmable electronic components.

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

  1. General requirements of IEC61508
  2. Common terms and definitions
    a. Safety, availability and reliability relationships
  3. Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives
  4. Requirements for Management of Functional Safety
  5. General documentation requirements
    a. Change control requirements
    b. Approval requirements, independence of approval
  6. Hardware Safety Lifecycle Requirements
  7. Methods for avoidance of Systematic Hardware Faults
  8. Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  9. Diagnostic Coverage Analysis
  10. Safety Requirements Specification requirements
  11. Typical Failure Modes of Components
  12. Wearout Mechanisms of Components
  13. SIL 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
  14. General design concepts and procedures
  15. Detailed design concepts and procedures
  16. Installation requirements for equipment
  17. Safety validation concepts and procedures
  18. Management of change concepts and procedures