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The Safety Instrumented Systems Foundation course is accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers - IChemE. It is an ideal course to take if you have some knowledge about process industry safety, but have not yet delved into any depth on the topic of Safety Integrity Level (SIL) instrumented systems.

Sample certificate for safety instrumented system online course - IChemE and eFunctionalSafety

Sample IChemE Certificate


We specifically designed this course to appeal to the process industry as a whole, and not simply to electrical, control and instrumentation professionals.


As of the end of year 2018, more than 200 people had completed modules of this course. The feedback has been extremely positive, with average ratings over 4 out of 5 for course quality.

eLP003 - Safety Instrumented Systems Course Roadmap

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Section 1 - Introduction to functional safety in the process industry

  • Course instructions and certificate options
  • Author's message
  • Pre-course survey
  • Safety in context - general, process and functional safety.
  • The Buncefield accident, 2005
  • History of electrical and control systems in safety applications
  • What is a SIS, SIF and SIL? Introduction of the basic concepts
  • The safety instrumented system life-cycle
  • Safety life-cycle Quiz
  • Section 1 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 2 - Key SIS terminology, regulations and standards

  • Key terminology - hazard, harm, risk, risk reduction, ALARP, IPL, SIL, SIS, SIF
  • Regulations and standards - US/EU regulations, IEC functional safety series
  • IEC 61511 edition 2 update
  • Key terminology Quiz
  • Section 2 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 3 - Functional Safety Management

  • Functional safety management overview
  • Competence introduction
  • Roles in the SIS safety life-cycle
  • Verification and validation planning
  • Functional safety assessment and audit
  • Functional safety management Quiz
  • Section 3 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 4 - Hazards, risk and SIL assessment

  • Process industry hazards
  • Hazard analysis workflow and methods
  • Introduction to probability and frequency
  • Protection layer analysis and SIL determination
  • Cybersecurity risk assessment
  • Hazard and risk assessment Quiz
  • Section 4 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 5 - Safety requirements specification

  • SIS safety requirements specification
  • SRS challenges
  • SRS Quiz
  • Section 5 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 6 - SIS design, engineering, I&C and validation

  • SIS equipment selection
  • Understanding equipment failure
  • SIS hardware design
  • SIS software introduction
  • Application programming example
  • Installation, commissioning and validation testing
  • SIS design and engineering Quiz
  • Section 6 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked

Section 7 - SIS operation and maintenance

  • SIS  operations
  • Bypass and override
  • SIS inspection and proof testing
  • SIS modification and decommissioning
  • SIS operations and maintenance Quiz
  • Section 7 Assessment - 10 multiple choice questions, automatically marked
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