CFSE / CFSP Specialities

Safety Software 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 Software Development program applies to personnel involved in the software implementation of safety-related systems including operating systems, embedded software, and full variability language implementations.

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. Software Safety Lifecycle Requirements
  7. Requirements Tracking
  8. Language Requirements
  9. SIL selection concepts and procedures
    a. Layer of Protection Analysis
  10. Software Safety Requirements Specification requirements
  11. Module/ Unit Test Requirements
  12. Integration Test Requirements
  13. Validation Testing
  14. General design concepts and procedures
  15. Detailed design concepts and procedures
  16. Management of change concepts and procedures