ISO 26262 Tool Classification and Qualification

1 day

Date/Time Location
Oct 9, 2024/
8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. CEST
Berlin or online (optional)

As part of the release of ISO 26262 in 2011, requirements to establish confidence in the correct functioning of software tools used to develop safety-related automotive E/E systems came into effect. A decade later, there are plenty of experiences and lessons learned from applying these requirements in day-to-day engineering.

However, implementing ISO 26262 tool classification and qualification remains a challenge for many automotive organizations and remains resource intensive. Starting with a systematic introduction to the tool classification and qualification requirements of ISO 26262-8, this 1-day training class also provides current industry best practices and discusses trends and lessons learned. In the hands-on session, you will familiarize yourself with the structure and content of an exemplary ISO 26262 classification kit for a model-based development tool and gain hands-on experience in customizing a kit to your organization’s specific needs.

Target Audience

This training class is targeted at automotive professionals (functional safety engineers, software project leads, software engineers, engineering managers, and quality managers) involved with the development of safety-related automotive E/E systems.


  • Gaining confidence in the correct functioning of software tools
  • ISO 26262 tool classification and qualification approach
  • Best practices and trends
  • Importance of templates
  • Make or buy? Costs incurred by the activities to gain confidence in the use of software tools
  • Tool classification and qualification kits – Streamlining the classification/qualification of COTS tools
  • ISO classification kit hands-on

★★★★★ Jörg, Software Safety Expert, CARIAD SE

“Thank you for the engaging and educational training Tool Classification and Qualification,’ which was very memorable due to the presentation and examples. These made the methodology and key points clear and easy to remember. The additional information provided by the trainers will greatly help with future project work.”

★★★★★ Pavlo Barkhayev, Functional Safety Engineer, Capgemini Engineering

“This training class was well structured. The trainer’s material was clear and comprehensive, covering an extensive range of topics, complemented by practical examples and hands-on sessions, which provided an immersive and engaging learning experience.


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Day 1


  • Why tool classification and qualification (practice-based examples)
  • Pros and cons of tool usage
  • Gaining confidence in the use of software tools

ISO 26262 tool classification and qualification approach

  • Foundations
  • Tool classification planning
  • The 2-step approach
    • 1. Tool classification
    • 2. Tool qualification
  • Review activities

Implementing the ISO 26262 tool classification and qualification approach

  • Classifying individual tools vs. toolchains
  • What about all my scripts?
  • Sharing work between tool vendors and tool users
  • Tool classification and qualification kits
  • Certified tools
  • Templates and tool support

Tool classification and qualification effort

  • Effort estimation
  • Tool classification/qualification kits and services
    • Make or buy?

Tool classification kit hands-on session

  • Content and structure of an ISO 26262 tool classification kit
  • Activities to be done when using the kit in an automotive software development project