General Information

TinoVC is an accepted course provider of the TÜV Rheinland Functional Safety Program for Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS). The course focuses on functional safety aspects for the process, oil & gas, petro-chemical and chemical industries according to IEC 61508 / 61511.

Course objective

The main objective is to provide all engineers involved in safety instrumented systems with elementary and necessary knowledge about functional safety, based on the leading international functional safety standards IEC 61508 and IEC 61511.

A second objective is to give attendants the possibility to obtain the worldwide acknowledged FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) certificate upon successful participation in the exam.

Who Should Attend?

–    Plant and quality managers
–    System integrators and independent consultants
–    Control and process engineers
–    Maintenance and instrumentation engineers
–    Managers of engineering departments
–    Risk, reliability, safety and quality engineers
–    Loss prevention engineers
–    Sales engineers - Sales managers - Marketing specialists for safety-products, systems and services
–    Technical staff involved in any part of SIS lifecycle that need or want to develop their competency in Functional Safety

Why Should You Attend?
IEC 61508 ed2.0, released in April 2010, clearly indicates as a ‘Normative’ requirement, that anybody involved in safety lifecycle activities shall be competent to carry out the activities for which they are accountable.

Take advantage of this course, examination and certificate to prove your clients, peers and management, your competency in the field of Functional Safety. Success in the final examination confirms your functional safety knowledge on your personal name, adding a great value to your professional career and image.

Participant eligibility requirements

In accordance with the FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) Program:

•    Minimum 3 years experience in the field of functional safety
•    University degree (Master's or Bachelor's degree in Engineering)
 OR equivalent engineer level responsibilities status certified by employer

Course Duration

3.5 days: 3 consecutive days vocational training with student exercises, + 4 hours closed book exam in the morning of the fourth consecutive day.




Introduction to functional safety

•  Modern history of disasters
•  What is safety?
•  Legal status IEC61511
•  Overview of legal requirements
•  Layers of protection
•  Safety Instrumented System
•  Safety Integrity Level
•  Problems with safety systems
•  Safety system failures
•  What is Functional Safety?
•  Functional Safety Standards

Management of Functional Safety
• Lifecycle concept 61508/61511
• Functional Safety Management
• Competency
• Risk evaluation and management
• Safety Planning
• Implementation and monitoring
• Functional Safety Assessment
• Functional Safety Audit
• SIS configuration management

Planning the Safety System
Safety lifecycle structure/planning
FS management system
Verification & Validation plan
Safety Requirement Specification

Verification & Application Program
Verification planning
Verification testing
Application program verification

Process Hazard & Risk Assessment
Hazard & Risk definition
Tolerable risk and ALARP
Risk management
Hazard Identification Techniques, FMEA, FTA, HAZOP
Hazard Analysis Techniques, ETA, dispersion modeling, bowtie
Hazard Analysis Techniques ETA
Risk Reduction Techniques, risk matrix, risk graph,
Security Risk Assessment, digital mapping, Security Levels, Security Assurance Levels, Foundational Requirements

Allocation Safety Function to layers
Layer Of Protection Analysis LOPA
• Typical IPL characteristics
LOPA working example
LOPA pros and cons
LOPA CCPS books references
SIF operating modes and Safety Integrity Requirements

Safety Requirement Specifications
SRS general requirements
SIF description requirements
Application Program SRS

SIS Design and Engineering, AP development
General requirements H/W
Safety Manual as per IEC61508
Hardware concepts
IEC61511 SIF - mode of operation
Safety - vs Process - HFT
Diagnostics - vs Proof - test
IEC61508 Safe Failure Fraction
Architectural constraints Route 2H - Route 1H
Selection of devices/field devices
Maintenance and testing requirements
Quantification of Random Failures
Three barriers to clear to claim SIL
General requirements AP
Application Program (AP) design
V-model lifecycle documentation
AP implementation
AP verification and testing
AP methodology and tools

Installation, Commissioning and Validation
Installation plan and documentation
Activities, procedures and techniques
Validation FAT - SAT

Operation and Maintenance
Planning operation/maintenance
Procedures operation/maintenance
Bypass - MOS
Proof test procedure for every SIF
Rraining for operators/maintenance personnel

Modification objectives
Input needed
Change vs Modification
Before you start modification
During modification
After modification
FSA before you begin

Procedures, analysis and authorisation
SIF requirements

Wrap up
Exam preparation

Student exercises
With the student exercises, the participants will have the opportunity to put the learned theory into practice
Failure classification
Hazard and risk analysis (FMEA, FTA & HAZOP)
Selecting the appropriate SIL
Safety versus HFT
Design a Safety Integrity Function
Define device level safety functions
Selection and comparing devices
Accident documentary


Rules & regulations

•    The applicant has to attend the 3 consecutive days training course given by TinoVC
•    The Eligibility Requirements forms must be completed, signed and supported with the necessary documents (University degree or statement letter from employer)

•    The maximum duration of the exam is 4 hours
•    There are 85 questions:
•    60 Multiple Choice questions to be answered by selecting A-B-C or D. Only 1 will be the most complete and correct answer. Every good answer will be 1 point. (There are no negative points for wrong answers)
•    25 Open Questions to be answered in a written form. Every single question can score anything between 0 and 1 (There are no negative points for wrong answers)
•    The passing criteria is 75%, so you need minimum 63.75 points in able to pass the exam
•    All exams are monitored by TÜV Rheinland, which will issue the successful participants their personal certificate.

What you will need

•    A pen or pencil / eraser - both are acceptable
•    A bilingual English-.......... dictionary is allowed, but not a must
•    What you do not need is:
•    A calculator

What is absolutely forbidden

•    Mobile telephone
•    Photo/video - camera or ‘any’ recording enabled devices
•    Course manual, notes or summaries


•    The retake needs to take place within max 1 calendar year from the first exam date without re-following the complete training again.
•    You are free to choose a location in one of the upcoming TinoVC trainings currently released on both the TinoVC (www.tinovc.com) & TÜV Rheinland (www.tuvasi.com) website.
•    You will need to register at least 4 weeks before the event is due in able to comply with the administration regulations.
•    After 1 calendar year from the first exam, a complete course (and fee) will be obliged again.




will depend on location, please contact us for more information.

Price includes:
•    Course material
•    Registration fees and FS Engineer (TÜV Rheinland) certificate (If requirements are fulfilled and exam passed accordingly)
•    Refreshments and Lunch (however the last day (exam day) there is no lunch foreseen as every participants is allowed to leave once he/she completed the exam)


If you want to register for this training or have any questions, please contact by email:

Mr. Tino Vande Capelle

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