About the Certificate in Reliability and Functional Safety

The drive for increased safety and a competitive market place has led to the production of IEC 61508, a new standard for providing functional safety using electronic systems. It formalises a risk-based approach to establishing target SIL (safety integrity levels) for instrumented protection systems and assessing if systems meet these targets.

Course Instructor - David J. Smith PhD, CEng, FIEE, FIQA, HonFSaRS, MIGasE

Learning Outcomes

The course, which leads to the Certificate in Reliability and Functional Safety, is accredited by The International Academy for Quality Certification and approved by The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers for CPD. It is provided by Dr. David J. Smith who has had over thirty years of experience in reliability and risk assessment and in-house training courses.

David has written and updates a range of textbooks and software packages on the above topics. Reliability Maintainability & Risk 7th edition is now widely acknowledged as the standard work on this subject. David continues to be an authority in his field and chairs the IGEM panel which produces guidelines on safety related programmable systems. He is a past President of the Safety and Reliability Society.

The certificate is aimed at those requiring an in-depth knowledge of the subject, such that they may become lead practitioners within an organization or embark on consultancy in the field. It is envisaged that participants will already have a numerate professional qualification.

Study involves a combination of:

  • 4 days formal teaching including supervised worked examples,
  • 4 distance learning assignments supervised and assessed by Dr. Smith,
  • A supervised project assignment with an approved mentor,
  • 2 x 2 hour examination papers; marking independently reviewed.

Award of the certificate is dependent upon 100% attendance, satisfactory assessment of all assignments, the submission of a project report (4,000 words) and a pass in both the Reliability and Functional Safety examination papers.

For a full prospectus please e-mail david@M2K.com.

M2K also offer an Intensive One Day Workshop: IEC 61508 for Safety Critical Systems. Click HERE for further details.

M2K have practical experience of applying the IEC 61508 standard, and can provide services ranging from provision of initial advice, through setting up the framework of the methodology, to the management of the complete IEC 61508 process. Used effectively, IEC 61508 can result in the reduction of protection system complexity, without adding significantly to design time schedule and budgets.

View details of FARADIP, the M2K reliability databank, used for initial SIL calculations.

See what others have to say about our training seminars HERE.

Enquiries or comments to info@M2K.com