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Certified Functional Safety Expert (CFSE) 
– For Electrical and Fluid Power Systems

Ensuring safety in control systems is paramount. Industry standards like EN ISO 13849 and EN IEC 61508 provide invaluable guidance for machine builders. In this course, we guide participants through a comprehensive journey, unraveling the complexity behind reaching a specific performance level (PL). We delve deep into the integration of safety-relevant sensors, logic, and actuators, encompassing electrical and fluid power devices. It's a holistic approach to control system safety that equips you with real-world insights and expertise. 

By successfully completing the program and passing the exam, you'll not only gain a profound knowledge but also earn the prestigious "CFSE – Certified Functional Safety Expert" globally recognized certificate. Your gateway to mastering safety in control systems and opening doors to the world of machinery safety.

"The new seminar on 'Certified Functional Safety Expert' provides comprehensive training for the practical implementation of functional machine safety – also in an international context. The title serves as a qualification proof as currently required for conducting the CE conformity assessment procedure."

Franca Hopf, Product Manager Safety Service & Training, Wieland Electric GmbH

COURSE OVERVIEW:
CERTIFIED FUNCTIONAL SAFETY EXPERT (CFSE)
– FOR ELECTRICAL AND FLUID POWER SYSTEMS

Uncover the essential components of our comprehensive training program. Gain in-depth insights into:

  1. Directives, laws, and standards
  2. Risk assessment according to ISO 12100
  3. Functional safety according to ISO 13849-1 and -2
  4. Safety-related aspects of sensors, logic, actuators, pneumatics, and hydraulics
  5. Achieving safety performance levels (PL)
  6. Verification and validation of safety systems

 Stay tuned for a comprehensive exploration of the topics listed below.

LET YOURSELF BE CONVINCED:
KEY FEATURES THAT SET US APART

Partners for success

We've partnered with industry-leading experts at ROSS CONTROLS to present our latest offering: the TÜV Certified Functional Safety Expert Seminar. With its headquarters located in Michigan, USA, ROSS CONTROLS stands out as a global pioneer in delivering safety solutions for fluid power and poppet valve technology. 

This collaboration empowers us to deliver a distinctive seminar that offers comprehensive insights and expertise in the realm of functional safety.

Learn more about ROSS CONTROLs

✅ INTERNATIONALLY ACCREDITED TÜV CERTIFICATION: 

Obtain a globally recognized TÜV certification, demonstrating your expertise in the field of functional safety for machinery.

✅ RE-CERTIFICATION OPTIONS: 

Keep your qualifications up-to-date with the opportunity for re-certification, ensuring your expertise in the latest changes in the world of functional safety.

MODULAR LEARNING:

Our course is designed with modular learning in mind. You can learn at your own pace, making the most of your time and ensuring a comprehensive understanding of the material.

✅ ONLINE, FACE-TO-FACE, ON DEMAND:

Whether you prefer online courses, face-to-face interaction, or on-demand modules, we cater to your learning style and schedule. Let us know your preferences!

GLOBAL CONSISTENT EDUCATION OPTION: 

Access our program at multiple locations worldwide, ensuring uniform and standardized education across borders.

✅ COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE CE PROCESS: 

Explore the entire CE process, ensuring you have a thorough understanding of its intricacies.

✅ EXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS AS INSTRUCTORS:  

Learn directly from industry experts involved in standardization committees like EN ISO 13849 or ISO 12100, gaining practical knowledge and valuable insights seamlessly transferred from committee to classroom.

✅ FIVE-DAY TRAINING PROGRAM:  

Participate in a structured, intensive five-day training program designed to equip you with essential skills and knowledge efficiently.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: 
A DEEPER DIVE INTO COMPREHENSIVE COURSE CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

STRUCTURE OF THE SEMINAR

The seminar is structured into distinct modules. You have the flexibility to choose between online or face-to-face delivery for each module:

  • Part 1: ~ 2.5 days of content focusing on Electrical Safety Engineering (10 modules)
  • Part 2: ~ 1.5 days of content focusing on Hydraulics/Pneumatics (9 modules)
  • Part 3: ~ 0.5 day workshop titled ‘Practical safety functions’ (2 modules)
  • Part 4: ~ 0.5 day final examination (2 modules)

This modular approach allows you to tailor your learning experience and select the format that best suits your needs.

⚠️ RECOGNITION OF COMPARABLE QUALIFICATIONS: 

We recognize qualifications acquired from reputable sources, which may include certificates from other accredited course providers. If you've earned a similar certificate, you may be eligible for exemptions from specific course components, optimizing your learning experience and respecting your prior achievements. For instance, the Electrical Safety Engineering segment can also be fulfilled through our existing CESE certification or equivalent qualifications.

For any further information or inquiries on this topic, please feel free to contact us. We're here to assist you.

COMPREHENSIVE COURSE CONTENT

Discover the intricacies of our course with an in-depth exploration of the following topics:

PART 1 - ELECTRICAL SAFETY ESSENTIALS

Explore the core aspects of electrical safety, including:

  1. Understanding EU directives, laws, and standards
  2. Fundamental principles of risk assessment
  3. Functional safety in compliance with ISO 13849-1
  4. Achieving and realizing Performance Level PL
  5. The importance of safety-relevant sensors
  6. The importance of safety-relevant electrics
  7. The importance of safety-relevant logic
  8. Validation of application software
  9. Verification of an overall system
  10. Tackling systematic failures and ensuring comprehensive validation

PART 2 - HYDRAULIC/PNEUMATIC SAFETY INSIGHTS

Delve into the realm of hydraulic and pneumatic safety, where you'll explore:

  1. Fundamentals of fluid power, complete with symbols, schematics, and devices
  2. Compliance with fluid power safety standards
  3. Risk assessment specific to fluid power systems
  4. The development of functional specifications
  5. Implementation of risk reduction devices in fluid power applications
  6. Designing effective fluid power safety systems
  7. Verification utilizing SISTEMA for fluid power safety systems
  8. Comprehensive validation of fluid power safety systems
  9. Practical real-world examples in fluid power applications.

PART 3 - UNLOCKING PRACTICAL SAFETY FUNCTIONS

Experience a hands-on journey through practical safety functions, featuring:

  1. Workshop presentations and engaging project tasks
  2. Unveiling valuable insights and results from workshop sessions.

PART 4 -MASTERING THE EXAM CHALLENGE

Prepare thoroughly for your exam with a focus on:

  1. Comprehensive Exam Preparations: This involves preparing for the comprehensive exam, which includes open-ended questions designed to assess your in-depth understanding.
  2. Pivotal Examination: The final exam (online) itself is a pivotal point in your journey, where your newly acquired knowledge and skills will be put to the test.
    • Content Overview: The final exam covers the entire course content and consists of multiple-choice questions. To achieve a positive outcome, you'll need to score at least 60%.
    • Results Submission: Your exam results will be submitted to TÜV for testing and confirmation.
    • Prerequisite: To be eligible for the final exam, participants must have completed all training modules or hold a similar qualification.

RECOMMENDED GROUP OF PARTICIPANTS 
AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

Recommended 
Group of Participants

  • Safety Manager
  • Safety Engineer
  • Machine Safety Specialist
  • Process Safety Engineer
  • Machine Guarding Specialist
  • Machine Safety Techcician

Unlock the Benefits of Smaller Class Sizes

Our commitment to limited class sizes, with a maximum of 16 participants, is designed to ensure that you, as a course attendee, experience a personalized and engaging learning environment. Here's why our approach stands out:

  • Individualized Attention: With smaller groups, our instructor can dedicate their full attention to each participant, addressing your unique needs and questions effectively.
  • Enhanced Interaction: The intimate setting allows for more dynamic interaction and exchange among participants. This fosters a richer and more productive learning experience, as you tap into the collective experience and knowledge of your fellow course attendees, creating opportunities for collaborative learning.

Prerequisites for Enrollment

It's important to note that these prerequisites are specific to the certification and not mandatory for attending the course:

  • Relevant Experience: A minimum of two years of experience in the design, construction, or service of functional safety systems, which can be verified through a self-disclosure form provided prior to the seminar.
  • Proficiency in English: The CFSE seminar is conducted exclusively in English. Therefore, participants should have a strong command of the English language, as the accompanying course material, exercises, and the exam will also be conducted in English.

Meeting these prerequisites ensures that you can actively engage and fully participate in the course. 

COURSE SUMMARY

Contents
  • Directives, laws, and standards
  • Risk assessment according to ISO 12100
  • Functional safety according to ISO 13849-1 and -2
  • Safety-related aspects of sensors, logic, actuators, pneumatics, and hydraulics
  • Achieving safety performance levels (PL)
  • Verification and validation of safety systems
Duration5 days
Price
  • 3.000 EUR incl. exam and TÜV certificate
  • Inhouse course on request
Target Group
  • Designers
  • Developers
  • Service personnel
  • Safety engineers
RequirementsAt least two years of experience in design, construction or service of functional safety systems
Size of SeminarMax. 20 participants
LanguageThe seminar will be held in English
 Please note the current training terms and conditions.

UNLOCK YOUR EXPERTISE NOW: 
EARN YOUR CERTIFICATE

Elevate your credentials with the globally recognized TÜV Rheinland CFSE certificate. This product-neutral certification serves as concrete evidence of your expertise in the realm of machinery functional safety, acknowledged on an international scale.

CERTIFICATE VALIDITY

Your CFSE certification holds a four-year validity. After this period, you'll have the opportunity to maintain your CFSE status for the subsequent four years by successfully completing the refreshment exam. It's the key to sustaining your expertise and staying at the forefront of functional safety practices.

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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

MARCUS SCHOLLE

Practical relevance guaranteed: For more than 10 years, Marcus Scholle has been dealing with functional safety in mechanical and plant engineering. His experience as a process manager for the design of complex machine assemblies makes him both a professional for the integration and programming of safety controllers from a wide range of manufacturers and an expert in the field of conformity assessment and retrofitting.

WOLFGANG ONDERKA

A Technical Ace in Functional Safety: With over 15 years of experience in automation technology, Wolfgang Onderka has been providing expert advice to clients on all matters related to functional safety for machinery. His expertise as a consultant and trainer is not purely theoretical. Through global service assignments in control engineering, he has overseen numerous projects throughout the entire machine lifecycle, from planning to commissioning.

CHRIS BROGLI

Thirty-three (33) years in the automation industry with more than 20 years focussed on safety.  Job responsibilites ranged from maintenance, engineering, design & build and management.  Core competentcies include mechincal, electrical, fluid power and safety engineering.  This includes all aspects of safety system development that includes risk assessment, functional specification development, mitigation selection, safety system design, implementation and validation.

TODD MCCOY

As a seasoned professional in the domain of controls and electrical engineering, Todd McCoy is on a trajectory towards leadership and supervision within this field. With a substantial background in electrical panel design and expertise in safety measures, Todd's proficiency encompasses a wide range of skills, including Allen Bradley PLCs, panel views, and Autocad electrical. His commitment to safety is unwavering, underscored by his certifications in electrical safety, machinery safety, and functional machinery safety.

LEONARDO SANCHEZ

Leonardo Sanchez is an Electrical Engineer and certified Machine Functional Safety Expert (TUV Rheinland & SGS TUV Saar). He holds extensive expertise in machine safety, with a focus on the entire safety lifecycle, from risk assessments to validation. Leonardo is experienced in assisting companies with CE marking self-certification for machinery sold in Europe and possesses in-depth knowledge of global safety standards. He has a successful track record in managing machinery safety projects and is qualified to certify Machine Safety Engineers.

KEVAN COWLEY

Kevan Cowley, with over 15 years of experience, is a seasoned safety specialist and CESE Engineer for TUV SAAR. With expertise in designing and maintaining safety systems for various machines, Kevan has a comprehensive background in working with safety circuits, E-stops, gate entry systems, and light guards. As a qualified trainer, he has conducted numerous CESE TUV SAAR training courses, both in-person and online, contributing significantly to the safety market's understanding and development. Kevan is also an active member of the Gambica Committee for safety and sensors.

DATES

The events take place at several locations. Please refer to the table below for the location of the specific event.

DateDurationTitleLocationLanguage
15.07.20245 daysCertified Functional Safety ExpertElstead, UKEN
30.09.20245 daysCertified Functional Safety ExpertWorksop, UKEN

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