Certified Layer of Protection Analysis Professional (CLPAP)

LOPA is a semi-quantitative method for analyzing and evaluating risk on a process facility. Using an order of magnitude technique, it evaluates the adequacy of current or proposed layers of protection against recognized threats.

AIBM has a “learn to ace” philosophy; our team of professional and expert trainers will ensure that your abilities and skills are enhanced by effectively acquiring course-related knowledge. The training will teach you how to classify key scenarios and designate acceptable frequency thresholds in order to detect dangerous events. You will also learn how to designate risk categories and determine the appropriate number of Independent Protection Layers (IPLs). The course also covers the specifications and standards required for a protection layer to be accepted as an IPL.

In workshops, all of the fundamental LOPA phases, including the use of software tools, are practiced. In addition, the course materials include a compilation of LOPA research papers, references, and additional reading.

Certification Program Objectives: 

  • Utilize the LOPA methodology and its application.
  • Determine if a process requires a safety instrumented system (SIS) in an efficient manner.
  • Develop a solid understanding of why safety integrity level (SIL) is required.
  • Determine whether a safety instrumented system (SIS) is required for a process.
  • Develop a thorough comprehension of Independent Protection Layer (IPL) and its definition.
  • Conduct an effective LOPA investigation.
  • Develop a strategy to administer these systems throughout the installation’s life cycle.

Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree


  • 2 – 5 years of relevant work experience

Certifying Examination:

  • To be certified as CLPAP, student should take up a 1.5 hours exam at the designated examination centers.
  • The qualifying exam would consist of 50 multiple choice questions, testing core certification modules.
  • Professionals with relevant experience and other qualifying criteria may be exempted from the examination.

Certification Modules:

  1. LOPA Fundamentals
  2. Scenario Identification and Analysis
  3. Risk Tolerance Criteria
  4. Independent Protection Layers (IPLs)
  5. LOPA Documentation and Reporting
  6. LOPA Validation and Continuous Improvement

* The modules of the certification are constantly updated and are subject to change.

Who Should Do This Certification:

The Certified Layer of Protection Analysis Professional (CLPAP) certification is specifically crafted for individuals who are deeply committed to ensuring safety and security within their organizations. Whether you’re already working in the field of risk management, looking to specialize further, or aiming to enhance your expertise for greater impact, the CLPAP certification offers comprehensive knowledge and proficiency in layer of protection analysis (LOPA) methodologies.

  • Risk Management Professionals: If you’re currently involved in risk management roles within industries such as oil and gas, chemical processing, pharmaceuticals, or any other sector where safety is paramount, the CLPAP certification equips you with the specialized skills needed to conduct thorough layer of protection analyses. It provides you with the tools and techniques to identify, assess, and mitigate risks effectively, thereby safeguarding assets, personnel, and the environment.
  • Safety Engineers and Process Safety Specialists: For professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety and integrity of complex industrial processes, the CLPAP certification is an essential credential. Whether you’re a safety engineer, process safety specialist, or involved in designing and implementing safety systems, this certification offers advanced training to enhance your ability to assess and improve layers of protection within your organization’s operations.
  • Engineering and Technical Professionals: Engineers and technical specialists across various disciplines, including chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and instrumentation, can benefit from the CLPAP certification to strengthen their understanding of safety principles and risk analysis methodologies. It provides a structured approach to evaluating layers of protection and designing robust safety systems to prevent accidents and incidents.
  • HSE Managers and Compliance Officers: Health, safety, and environment (HSE) managers, as well as compliance officers, play a critical role in ensuring that organizations adhere to regulatory requirements and industry standards related to safety. The CLPAP certification offers valuable insights into conducting layer of protection analyses in compliance with relevant regulations and guidelines, enabling HSE professionals to effectively manage risks and ensure ongoing operational integrity.
  • Consultants and Risk Assessment Specialists: Risk management consultants, safety advisors, and professionals offering risk assessment services can enhance their expertise and credibility by obtaining the CLPAP certification. It demonstrates their proficiency in layer of protection analysis methodologies and their ability to provide strategic guidance to organizations in managing risks proactively and effectively.
  • Career Advancers and Industry Professionals: Whether you’re seeking to advance your career in risk management or aiming to specialize further in safety engineering, the CLPAP certification serves as a valuable asset. It signifies your commitment to professional excellence and equips you with the knowledge and skills to tackle complex safety challenges in diverse industrial settings.

Whether you’re already entrenched in the realm of risk management or embarking on a new journey in safety engineering, the Certified Layer of Protection Analysis Professional (CLPAP) certification is designed to enhance your capabilities, broaden your horizons, and empower you to foster a culture of safety and resilience within your organization.