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:
General requirements of IEC61508
Common terms and definitions
a. Safety, availability and reliability relationships
Safety Lifecycle concepts and objectives
Requirements for Management of Functional Safety
General documentation requirements
a. Change control requirements
b. Approval requirements, independence of approval
Hardware Safety Lifecycle Requirements
Methods for avoidance of Systematic Hardware Faults
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Diagnostic Coverage Analysis
Safety Requirements Specification requirements
Typical Failure Modes of Components
Wearout Mechanisms of Components
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