It’s common for engineers to have deep-seated anxiety over which training course to register for. Should they attempt to certify as an Automotive Functional Safety Professional (AFSP)? Just like when your mother tells you to eat broccoli because it’s nutritional, the choice is assigned to you, but the benefits may still be unclear.

We all know that ISO 26262 is a voluntary standard in the U.S., but to what extent? As kVA Managing Partner, Bill Taylor, always says in his headliner at training, “ISO 26262 didn’t invent safety.” ISO 26262 is more than a safety methodology. It’s a framework used to eliminate unreasonable risk to human health and life.

In terms of ISO 26262, every system has to perform a set of functions safely. This can be ensured by careful consideration of safety requirements. Let’s say “unintended acceleration shall be prevented” is a safety requirement. The engineer should use this requirement to validate their safety goal and determine if their accelerator pedal is “safe”. Hence, designing the system requirements and high-level concepts, and then handing it off to their hardware and software product development teams for deeper analysis.

In kVA’s 3.5-day ISO 26262 training course, developed in partnership with SGS-TÜV, we emphasize safety analysis to make sure your design is complete and safe. Despite the complexity of the process, a complete and safety-assured design is ultimately what safety assessors are looking for. We will also teach you how to verify that your product is safe by teaching you how to build your own safety case. Read more here:

At the end of the course, kVA administers an optional two-hour certification exam called AFSP. This exam allows the engineer to test their knowledge of ISO 26262.

Three benefits to being AFSP certified are:

  1. It’s personal: Whether you’re a student or full-time engineer, once you’re certified you can carry the title AFSP with you wherever you go.
  2. It’s recognizable: SGS-TÜV is the world’s largest certifying body. The SGS name is not only respected in the automotive industry but also in agriculture, finance, energy, mining, and oil & gas.
  3. It’s highly valued: Having AFSP certification will help you prove to your clients or auditor that you truly understand the ISO 26262 standard in its entirety.

After three years, the AFSP certification holder has the option to recertify. After five years, they have the option to become an AFSE, or Automotive Functional Safety Expert. Certification is optional, just like the ISO 26262 standard is voluntary. However, like ISO 26262, ASFP certification demonstrates your commitment to achieving the highest standard in automotive safety.

AFSP certification is more than just a piece of paper, it’s a promise to society that you are choosing to do your best to make the world a safer place.

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  1. Syed Hussain comments on Don’t Fear AFSP: The Benefits of Certification
    Syed Hussain

    Nice Article.. informative and provides good justification to have AFSP certification if you are in Automotive industry