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3 May – 11 June 2021 | 1 Nov – 10 Dec 2021

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Key Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of the principles and language of Safety Critical Software
  • Appreciate software risk in the context of railway design and safety management
  • Describe how software design and the software safety lifecycle interact and influence each other
  • Appreciate how current best practice in software safety standards and in particular latest EN50128 and EN50657
  • Understand the need for a risk-based system engineering lifecycle approach to enable built-in safety, value and performance
  • Understand how to review case studies to understand the potential for things to go wrong on the railway
  • Understand the complexity of railway accidents involving software failures.
  • The demonstration of SFAIRP and compliance in regard to software.
  • Identify and mitigate Security issues from Cyber Threats

About the Course

This blended training course provides software developers, engineers, testers, managers and others involved in safety-related projects with a detailed understanding of the fundamentals of safety critical software development and testing. This course is supported by a competency-based structure.

The opening module provides background to software lifecycle and the standards and their application in the railway drawing upon best practice. The next modules introduce a number of incidents where software failures resulted in incidents. The next modules go into depth regarding the content, aims and requirements for developing software for the railway in accordance with EN50128 for all SIL levels.

The course content is mapped to:

  • Industry standard competencies, skills and evidence requirements relevant to rail safety work
  • Industry regulations
  • National and international standards

Information is interspersed with practical exercises. There is a short multiple-choice examination at the end to assess the identified learning outcomes.

Who Should Attend?

Any member of staff – decision makers, project managers, line managers, engineers, designers and others – involved with changes to the railway need an understanding of the latest best practice. The course provides a structured and robust approach to developing and testing complex railway projects safely that is aligned with the LATEST CENELEC standard EN50128:2011 and EN50657:2xx for rolling stock.

Level: Fundamental Recommended Pre-requisites
Participants should have a general understanding of engineering and project management principles and practice.


Howard Parkinson

Chartered Engineer

Clive Osman

Consultant, Digital Rail Limited


Packages Price
Blended Learning 2021$2295+GST
Extras Price
Executive Coaching (2 x 90-minute sessions) $595+GST
Executive Coaching (3 x 90-minute sessions) $795+GST

  • Great Savings when you book 4 or more participants! Call us today on 02 9080 4307 or email to take advantage of this offer.


Blended Learning All 6 Modules + 3 Interactive Sessions: $2,295 + GST.

Executive Coaching

Take your learning and development further and experience transformational impact on your career progression. Our Executive Coaching and Mentoring programme offers you additional value and benefits to reinforce key learning outcomes obtained on an Informa course. Package your learning to incorporate additional 1-on-1 executive coaching with our expert Instructor.

To learn more or to include Executive Coaching and Mentoring as part of your registration for this course, please contact one of our Training Consultants on +61 (2) 9080 4395 or email or refer to the registration page when booking online.

Blended Learning

Benefits of Blended Learning Course

Informa Corporate Learning’s Blended Learning courses are new digital, interactive and engaging educational experience designed to maximise learning for professionals with busy schedules and/or small training budgets.

Blended Learning is a perfect combination of self-paced modules coupled with live interactive elements strategically interspersed across each course. An excellent option for busy professionals dedicated to achieving excellent learning outcomes.


“Nice overview presented. Howard brought a lot of technical experience with him.”
Principal, Shaktl Corp P/L

“Very knowledgeable with significant and relevant experience. Approachable and gave excellent examples of practical application.”
Manager Rollingstock Engineering, Public Transport Services

Course Outline


  • Scope of EN50128 and EN50657
  • Software Safety Route Map- Relationship between generic system development and Application development
  • Definitions as applicable to SW safety



  • Case studies of accidents related to software failures.
    Learning from the mistakes of others:
  • Accident case study: Detailed case study caused by software errors and inadequate EDSM


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 13th May – 17:00 (AEST) |  11th Nov – 18:00 (AEDT) | Will cover Modules 1 & 2



  • Assigning SW Safety Integrity Level (SIL) using general process described in EN 50126
  • Competence and Responsibilities of personnel carrying out SW Safety activities.
  • Level of independence v/s SIL for SW Design / Implementation SW verification / validation.



  • SW Requirement Specification – Required properties
  • SW Architecture Techniques / Methods v/s SIL
  • SW design and Implementation – Techniques / Methods v/s SIL


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 27th May – 17:00 (AEST) | 25th Nov – 18:00 (AEDT) | Will cover Modules 3 & 4



  • Techniques used in building Safety critical SW (As given in Annex B of the standard)
  • Certification requirement of Tools used in SW development / Testing
  • SW verification / Testing Techniques /Methods Vs SIL



  • SW / HW Integration
  • SW Validation Techniques / Methods v/s SIL
  • SW Assessment – SW assessment Report
  • SW Quality Assurance
  • SW Maintenance
  • Systems Configured by Application Data
  • New Material – Security from Cyber Threats in software systems


Live 1-Hour Interactive Session: 10th June – 17:00 (AEST) | 9th Dec – 18:00 (AEDT) | Will cover Modules 5 & 6

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Blended Learning

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