Paul Reeve BEng CEng MIET FinstMC is the Principal Trainer at SILMETRIC ®

Paul has been delivering functional safety training courses for over ten years in the UK, Canada, USA, France, Germany, Norway, Holland, Israel, Russia, Middle East, India and South Korea. (In fact, over 68 courses, to date). Our courses optimise the use of visuals together with worked examples, case studies and practical exercises to ensure each participant is fully engaged and achieving the maximum learning experience.

The following training courses available:

Course title


Product developers

Systems integrators

System Users

Overview to functional safety, SIL & IEC 61508 1-day

Reliability modelling and calculations for safety instrumented systems 1-day

Developing hardware to IEC 61508-2 2-days

Developing software to IEC 61508-3 1-day

Hardware failure analysis for IEC 61508 and ISO 13849 compliance 1-day

Functional safety management (FSM) 1-day

Functional safety and IEC 61511 for the process industry 2-days

SILs for valve and actuator manufacturers 1-day

Applying the machinery safety standards IEC 62061 & ISO 13849-1 3-days

IEC 61508 auditor training 1-day

Overview of ISO 9001 and how this relates to FSM ½-day


There is no such thing as ‘one size fits all’ with functional safety so every course is usually tailored for the specific audience (e.g., by preparing examples and case studies that are most relevant) as many of our testimonials indicate.

Customer feedback for our courses is consistently high:

Overview to IEC 61508, SIL and functional safety’ (feedback from the last 10 courses)

Technical content starstarstarstarhalf star 4.5
Delivery and presentation starstarstarstarhalf star 4.8
Overall fulfilment of expectations starstarstarstarhalf star 4.5


Functional safety management’ (feedback from the two courses since release in November 2014)

Technical content starstarstarstarstar 5.0
Delivery and presentation starstarstarstarhalf star 4.7
Overall fulfilment of expectations starstarstarstarstar 5.0


So, what do people say about our training?

  • ‘Excellent introduction to the subject, good worked examples’. Engineering Manager, Rotork
  • ‘Very useful and informative training’. Group Electronics Manager, Rotork
  • ‘Excellent, and very well tailored to our requirements’. Electronic Design Engineer, Rotork
  • ‘Very useful and many questions discussed and answered’.
  • ‘Tailored course very much met our requirements’. Quality Officer, Tracerco
  • ‘Pitched at the perfect level to suit all attendees’. Quality Manager, Tracerco
  • Engaging and interesting, good training style’. Quality Manager, Tracerco
  • ‘Came away with a good understanding of the requirements’. Quality Manager, Tracerco
Training with SilmetricOn-site training works particularly well as this allows openness to handle project-related issues in confidence. We specialise particularly in training organisations involved in instrument or system design that need assistance in forming compliant lifecycle processes and performing hardware analysis. The training is structured to cover the theory and principles, followed by practical workshops either based on worked examples, case studies or the client’s own project. The aim is always to ensure the participants learn how to apply the techniques in a relevant context. Training courses are typically 1 to 3 days in duration, and can be extended with mentoring or consultancy as necessary.
SILMETRIC training courses are specifically aimed at developing delegates’ competence so they can:
  • Quantify risk and determine safety integrity targets (SILs) or PLs
  • Apply reliability concepts of failure rates and probabilities
  • Construct reliability models and perform PFD/PFH calculations
  • Determine architectural requirements for a given SIL or PL
  • Specify appropriate test, verification and validation techniques
  • Define a compliant lifecycle and functional safety management procedures

Training with SilmetricTypically, delegates are engineers (electrical, electronic, software, mechanical, control and instrumentation), quality and technical management staff. Training can also be provided for staff involved in the evaluation (e.g., inspection or auditing) of supply chain deliverables.

Each delegate receives a comprehensive manual based on the lecture slides, numerous supplementary hand-outs for the exercises and a certificate of attendance for each individual’s training record.

To discuss your specific training requirements, please contact us.

Whether you are looking for a crisp overview for the directors or an in-depth workshop for design engineers, SILMETRIC has the right course for you

Training is available for:

  • Developers of electronic products with embedded software
  • Developers of mechanical products
  • Systems integrators of safety-instrumented systems for the process industry
  • Developers of safety-related electrical control systems for machinery applications
  • Organisations needing to extend their quality management system (QMS) with functional safety management (FSM) capability