Accredited or Non Accredited CDM course?
There is a choice of different non accredited courses available. You can pick a single day CDM training course
, often known as a workshop or CDM explained course. You could also choose from a longer two to three day CDM training course
known as a coordinatior course.
Non accredited courses range from basic to advanced level. Reflected in the different durations, the non accredited courses on offer address different levels of experience for those involved with CDM. The one day CDM training course
work shops are a delivered at a more basic level than the longer courses. The shorter, basic courses are designed to provide a solid grounding in both the legislative aspects of CDM and identifying role holders and their responsabilities in line with this.
The longer courses or CDM coordinator courses as they are known, go into greater depth on the history and need for the CDM, how to manage and audit CDM practices and all the individual accountabilities that the different role holding groups have. Picking the coordinator CDM training course
will give the candidate an insight in how important communication and negotiation is between the different groups.
If you are considering a non accredited CDM training course
, it is useful to know that some previous knowledge and understanding is helpful before booking onto the course. This is especially the case for the coordinator courses. However there are no formal educational or training prerequisites when booking these courses.
While useful for improving you knowledge on CDM, non accredited courses might not suit all candidates as some need the independent recognition of an accrediting body. If you choose to complete an accredited CDM training course, bear in mind that it will be longer in duration – at least three days.
The longer length of the accredited course is needed to include all the detail suitable for training a CDM coordinator. Courses are likely to include a detailed look at relevant legislation such as The Health and Safety at Work Act and the 2007 CDM Regulations themselves, risk assessment and method statements, approved codes of practice, duties and duty holders, and up to date changes in working practice.
One of the key things to note about the accredited CDM courses is that to gain full accreditation you do need additional education, experience or training. You also need to complete the accrediting bodies registration procedure. For example the Association for Project Safety’s 4 step accreditation process, resulting in CDM – C status requires firstly registration, secondly an online exam, thirdly an interview meeting National Occupational Standards and lastly payment of the first years fees. Candidates can only register for this if they meet the qualifications and experience criteria set out by the APS. The criteria requires them to have 18 points, gained from previous education and experience of which an accredited CDM course will grant only three and a non accredited CDM course 1 or 2. However candidates completing an accredited course can skip the second stage (online exam) as this is included in the course.