In today’s day and age, functional safety certificate and certification programs are becoming common. There are many to choose from with their own set of requirements and expectations.
So how do we know which one to choose?
The CFSE program has remained the “Gold Standard” for many reasons. One of the main reasons has been the “fairness” on the exams given around the world. The CFSE certification has a database of questions that are always circulated and updated based on the exam results from the candidates. The CFSE database of questions go through something called psychometrics. Here are snippets from ISO/IEC 17024:2012 in regards to this process:
“9.2.4 The certification body shall verify the methods for assessing candidates. This verification shall ensure that each assessment is fair and valid.
9.3.1 Examinations shall be designed to assess competence based on, and consistent with, the scheme, by written, oral, practical, observational or other reliable and objective means. The design of examination requirements shall ensure the comparability of results of each single examination, both in content and difficulty, including the validity of fail/pass decisions
9.3.5 Appropriate methodology and procedures (e.g. collecting and maintaining statistical data) shall be documented and implemented in order to reaffirm, at justified defined intervals, the fairness, validity, reliability and general performance of each examination, and that all identified deficiencies are correct.”
If you are going for a certification, make sure to ask the organizer how they handle psychometrics. If they are able to answer the question with justification then you are in the clear! If they can’t, then you may want to reconsider.
Remember: Self-branding and holding certain accolades are only as good as the organization you are receiving them from.
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