Course TTb: The Engineering of Reliable Embedded Systems

Course TTb has a focus on the use of ‘Time-Triggered’ (TT) architectures to support the development of software for safe and reliable embedded systems.

The programming examples discussed during the course are in the ‘C’ language.

Taking this course will be of particular benefit to organisations that need to develop systems in compliance with international safety standards, such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, DO-178C, IEC 62304, ISO 13849, IEC 60335 and IEC 60730, up to ‘SIL 3’ level or equivalent.

  • TTb can be delivered on your company site (anywhere in the world) on dates of your choosing.
  • TTb is available as a self-paced online training module, based on video lectures and guided reading.

We provide further information about TTb on this page.

[This page was last updated: 2017-05-08]

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Course TTb: ‘on-site’ training options

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Since 2014, we’ve delivered our popular on-site ‘TTb’ course to many organisations across the world: so far, we’ve introduced around 150 engineers to the use of TT software architectures in safety-related systems by means of this 3-day course, with a class size of around 6 people being typical.

On-site versions of the TTb course:

For further information about TTb on-site training options, please refer to the course brochure.

If you have questions about this course, please contact us.

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Course TTb: ‘online’ training package


We appreciate that for individuals and small teams, on-site training can be a little expensive. We also appreciate that it can be difficult for any organisation to have their whole development team attend a training course at the same time.

To address these problems, we’ve introduced an online version of our TTb course as a flexible and cost-effective alternative to on-site training.

The online TTb course is based on a series of 28 videos (almost 10 hours in total).

As with the on-site course, the content of the videos follows the ‘ERES2‘ book closely.

To complete the course, you will require:

The total cost of the TTb standard online package (including purchase of the book, course notes and a 2-month subcription to our Vimeo channel) is approximately £150 / US $200 (plus any applicable sales tax / VAT).

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How do I register for TTb?

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To get started, there is no formal registration process.

All you need to do is buy a copy of the ‘ERES2‘ book and the TTb Course Notes, and then sign up for our Vimeo channel.

The videos and associated course notes will then guide you through the material presented in the ERES2 book, at your own pace.

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How should I prepare for TTb?

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To prepare for course TTb, we suggest you purchase the ‘ERES2’ book and course notes, but delay the start of your Vimeo subscription until:

  • these items have been delivered; and,
  • you have read the first two chapters in the book.

If you find the material in the book challenging, you may like to view out TTa videos before you proceed (these videos are freely available).

We also provide some information on our ‘Getting Started‘ page that may be useful.

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How long will it take to complete TTb?

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We estimate that – following any preparation period – completing the TTb course will take 1-2 months on a part-time basis (we suggest you allow around half a day – 4 hours – per week while you are studying).

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Any questions?

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Please contact us if you have any questions about the TTb online course and we’ll do our best to help.

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Course TTb: ‘online’ training (examination option)

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The standard TTb online training package:

  • does not include exercises or any form of one-to-one support for course participants; and,
  • is not intended to meet the full requirements for completion of Level 2 in the SafeTTy Certified programme.

If you have a team of 4+ people that wishes to complete the Level 2 exams, we suggest that you consider an ‘on-site’ course.

For individuals and teams of less than around 4 people that wish to complete the Level 2 exams, we can offer a 2-month support package (with exam by Skype®) for an additional fee of £850 + VAT (per person).

This add-on package provides you with an online tutor (who will provide support by email during your course): this will allow you to ask questions about the course material. You will also be provided with a set of six exercises to help you to prepare for the Level 2 exam: support for (and feedback on) the exercises will also be provided by email. The cost of the exam itself (a technical interview, conducted via Skype over a period of 1-2 hours) is included. If successful in the exam, this package also covers the cost of your training certificate (and delivery of this certificate by post).

Please contact us for further information.

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Course TTb: Public training courses in the UK

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Course TTb is occasionally offered as a 3-day public training course in the UK.

Please contact us for further information.

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Trainer biodata

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This course is presented by Dr Michael J. Pont.

Michael was awarded a BSc degree (in Electronics and Electrical Engineering) by the University of Glasgow (UK) and a PhD (in Computer Science) by the University of Southampton (UK). He is the author of several successful books and more than 100 technical papers: he is named inventor / co-inventor on a number of patents. He has given invited presentations (including “keynote” and “plenary” talks) at a large number of international conferences.

Michael has been working in the field of time-triggered (TT) embedded systems for more than 20 years. He began this work in the academic sector, latterly as Professor of Embedded Systems Engineering at the University of Leicester (UK). During his time with the University of Leicester, Michael supervised more than 20 successful PhD projects.

Michael has helped numerous companies to create successful TT designs. Many of these designs have been produced in compliance with international safety standards and guidelines (including IEC 61508, ISO 26262 and DO-178).

Michael currently serves as Executive Director of SafeTTy Systems Ltd.

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Further information

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Please contact us if you have any questions about Course TTb.