SGS-TÜV Partners with kVA in the US to Offer Functional Safety Training Programs to the Automotive Industry

SGS-TÜV has begun working with kVA to offer “Automotive Functional Safety Professional” (AFSP) and “Industrial Functional Safety Professional” (IFSP) programs to the North American automotive industry.
( | Press Release | 2017-03-20 14:02:19 )
SGS-TÜV has partnered with the US based technical and management consulting group, kVA, to offer functional safety training for electrical systems in the automotive and automation industry. The partnership will allow kVA to offer two SGS training programs to the North American automotive industry:

• “Automotive Functional Safety Professional” (AFSP)
• “Industrial Functional Safety Professional” (IFSP)

SGS-TÜV is globally-recognized as an expert in both the ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 standards and offers a range of services relating to functional safety standards for the automobile and automation sector:

• ISO 26262 – Road vehicles – Functional safety
• IEC 61508 – Functional Safety of Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Safety-related Systems (E/E/PE, or E/E/PES)

“This cooperation will enhance SGS’s competitiveness by adding our expertise in training, testing, inspection, certification and consulting for Functional Safety and Cyber Security to the portfolio of services available in the North American hemisphere,” says Martin Schmidt, Global Manager Functional Safety SGS Group.

Managing partner for kVA, Bill Taylor, states that partnering with SGS-TÜV will strengthen kVA’s training programs in functional safety, ISO 26262 and IEC 61508. It will also allow kVA to “address relevant topics for our global clients, including functional safety assessment, audit, and consulting activities."

kVA’s first AFSP training session will run between May 1 and May 4, 2017, in Troy, Michigan. Each training course will take three-and-a-half-days and will conclude with an optional certification exam. In addition to training at their own facilities, kVA are also able to offer on-site training to interested parties.

About kVA
kVA is a U.S. based technical and management consulting group focusing on functional safety and the ISO 26262 standard. Their safety consultants apply safety principles and processes from ISO 26262 and other methodologies, to the practice of vehicle product development. To learn more about kVA training programs, or to register, visit

SGS-TÜV’s Functional Safety – Automotive Services
SGS-TÜV offers a full range of services relating to functional safety and cyber security, including training and personal qualifications, consulting, safety analytics, assessments and audits, qualifications and certification and acting as safety manager. Learn more about SGS’s Functional Safety - Automotive Services (

For more information, please contact:

Peter Hellmann
Functional Safety & Cyber Security
Project Manager
Phone: +49 89 787475 281

About SGS
SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.

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