CDM Courses - a simple guide to help you find the right one.
There are three types of CDM courses available to meet the differing needs of candidates working in the construction industry.
The first CDM course is the introductory level course. Usually running over a single day, these courses are often known as overviews. The introductory CDM course is not aimed at any particular role or level of worker in the construction industry, so it is suitable for all professionals concerned with advancing their knowledge of CDM 2007. The introductory courses draw special attention to the legal requirements of CDM 2007 and also act as an excellent basis for those who are looking to further develop their CDM 2007 knowledge and become a specialist in this area.
The second type of CDM course is the in-house coordinator course. The coordinator courses last from 2-3 days and are more in-depth than the introduction courses. The coordinator courses are designed for those professionals that are specifically responsible for making sure that their projects meet the CDM 2007 regulations. The coordinator CDM course covers topics such as how to tell the difference between projects that need notifying and those that don’t, identifying duty holders and how to distribute their duties in practice, good communication between all parties, safety plans and files, client’s legal duties, design, safety and risk assessments.
The third type of CDM course available is the accredited coordinator course. Although similar in content to the in - house option, the main difference between the accredited and in - house CDM coordinator courses, is that the former is designed for those looking for CDM – C register status. However, as with many accreditation processes, completing the course do not automatically qualify you for registered status.
Those candidates looking to gain the Association for Project Safety, CDM – C register status, should be aware that there are four stages that they must complete. In the first stage, candidates need to submit their application form, fee and evidence of 18 points on the on the APS qualification credit scale. A CDM APS accredited course is worth 3 points, while a CDM non APS accredited courses are worth 1 -2 points. Additional points must be earned by completing other training courses, CPD, qualifications and from previous experience. A full list of courses and their corresponding credit values is available from the APS or you online solutions provider. In the second stage candidates must pass the online examination for the CDM coordinator Register (This can be skipped if you have done a APS accredited course in the last 3 months). The third stage consists of completing the National Occupational Standard in CDM Co-ordination telephone, interview and to complete the forth stage, candidates must pay their first years annual subscription fee.
The main benefits of completing an accredited CDM course is that it allows candidates to skip stage two, of the four stage APS accreditation process (This is valid for 3 months from the course date). Once candidates have achieved APS accreditation candidates will be able to use the post nominal “RMapS” after their name.