CDM Awareness

Our CDM training course is designed to give those attending an in-depth appreciation and awareness of the H&S function that the Client, Principal Designer, Designer and Principal Contractor play in the design and construction process as set out in the CDM Regulations 2015.

Our course on CDM Regulations 2015 will also draw on relevant guidance documentation produced by the HSE and other relevant bodies to ensure that the participants are fully aware of their requirements when undertaking these roles.

Also available as an online training course.

Please note the online version of this training course will be split into modules.


The CDM Regulations 2015 have changed the approach to the incorporation of H&S into the design process. As a consequence, the duty holders all now play a key role in providing information and consideration for the interface between these parties is paramount for the successful application of the CDM regulations. Designers will need to be adept at obtaining positive co-operation from other parties in order to discharge their duties.

Aims & Objectives:

The objective of this course is to confirm to the participants their responsibilities for health and safety within both the legal and contractual frameworks.  It will introduce participants to the revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations and outline the responsibilities of the Principal Designer, Designer, Clients and Construction duty holders. 

Course Outline:

  • Overview and developments
  • Application
  • Competence
  • Definition of construction work, demolition etc.
    • The Client
      • Managing the project
      • Provision of information
      • Appointments
      • Notification of the project.
    • Domestic Clients
      • Duties
    • The Principal Designer
      • Plan, manage, monitor & Co-ordination of H&S matters through the design phase.
      • Identify, eliminate and control foreseeable risks
      • Provide information
      • Health & Safety file
    • The Designer
      • Identification, elimination and control of foreseeable risks
    • Duties of Contractors
      • The Principal Contractor
      • Health and Safety on Construction Sites
      • The Construction Phase Plan
      • Other contractors (including statutory undertakers)
  • Pre-construction information 
  • The construction phase plan
  • Cooperation and consultation
  • Health & Safety File

Mode of Delivery:

The course is designed for online delivery and is split into 4 modules. Each module will last for 1.5 hours and will incorporate a variety of activities in addition to a powerpoint presentation including discussion through handouts and workshops to reinforce learning and understanding.

The course will comprise of the following sessions;

Session 1: Will outline the key principles of CDM 2015 that promotes the successful management of H&S from “the cradle to the grave” incorporating the underpinning of the regulations against the H&S at Work Act 1974 and the H&S Management Regulations 1999. Statistics aligned against the most common hazards from the HSE will be provided and key guidance documentation will be outlined for  construction works associated with to assist with hazard identification and mitigation.

At the end of this session,the participants will review a number photographs of work related activities where they will be required to identify any hazards and risks and consider any relevant control measures.

Session 2: Will outline the role of the Commercial Client and identify the activities that should be undertaken, including the types of information that should be provided for the project team. The principles for ensuring co-operation will be presented including the interface with the Client during both the pre-construction and construction phases.

At the end of this session, the participants will break out into groups where they will review a case study and in the role of the client, will begin to develop the pre-construction information, contents for the health and safety file and confirm the other client activities that should be undertaken.

Session 3: Will consider the roles and responsibilities that the Principal Designer and Designers’ have and the nature of activities that should be undertaken to ensure the successful managment of the design process. This will also cover the interface between the client,  construction and maintenance team to ensure that all relevant stakeholders are considered as part of this process.

At the end of this session, the participants will break out into groups to review a case study and in the role of the Principal Designer, will continue to develop the pre-construction information, consider the approach for the co-ordination of the design process and confirm other activities that should be undertaken. The workshop will then place the participants in the role of ‘Designer’ where they will be expected, in teams, to review the brief, identify the hazards and begin to compile the designers risk assessment. They will also be expected to outline the types of information that they will require and from whom and which information they should subsequently be providing and to whom.

Session 4: Will outline the roles and responsibilities of the Principal Contractor and present the types of activities that should be undertaken to ensure the successful managment of the construction process. This will also overview the interface and consultation process during the desgn phases where a Principal Contractor has been appointed early.

At the end of this session, the participants will, in the same groups and in the role of Principal Contractor, review the pre-construction information provided and identify if any additional information is necessary. The groups will then be required to complete the Construction Phase Plan and identify information that will form part of the Health and Safety file at the end of the project.

Benefits of Attending:

At the end of the course participants should have a clearer understanding of their responsibilities under the CDM Regulations and how those obligations should be met.

Intended For:

Structural Engineers; Civil Engineers; Highways Engineers; Specialist Designers and Graduate Engineers.

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