Construction Design Management training courses - making the right choice for you.
The first task in meeting the CDM regulations is to make sure that your workforce is aware of them. Key to this is good quality training and there are a wide range of CDM courses
available to suit most budgets.
There are several CDM courses to choose from. Some run as in-house courses and some as Association for Project Safety (APS) accredited courses. The APS accreditation programme for CDM, allows members that achieve registered status to use the suffix “RMaPS” after their name. It also allows the candidate to be added to the CDM-C Register. By attending an APS registered CDM course, candidates are able to skip the online examination section of the APS registration process. Many coordinators find the recognition from a professional body useful in their role.
In addition to the APS accredited course, there are also one day workshops and half day awareness courses that focus on a broad overview of the CDM regulations. These demonstrate how different roles can adhere to the regulations that they are responsible for. There are also more specialised legal framework courses which are designed to highlight the specific civil and criminal legal responsibilities of those involved with CDM. In addition, there are also IOSH client contractor relationship courses, which are designed to highlight the specifics of a successful partnership between these two parties.
The choice of training course should be based around the role that the delegate is doing. So, those just starting out with CDM tend to pick the overview and introductory courses, while those with more responsibility for meeting the regulations pick the coordinator courses or more specialised courses.
Many companies employ people to coordinate CDM specifically. This is helpful as the CDM coordinators can then disseminate the necessary information to the rest of the workforce and make sure that the regulations are being met. Coordinators often attend specific CDM courses
to get up to speed with the regulations and how they apply to the company that they are working for. These coordinator CDM courses
are usually 2-3 days in length. The objectives of the coordinator CDM courses
are to improve the delegates understanding of how the regulations have changed and developed from 1994-2007, to able to assess if those holding duties under the regulations are competent, to understand the F10 notification process, to be able to manage a design review, to encourage a practical approach to meeting the regulations when dealing with clients, to be able to deal with designers and sub contractors, to be able to use the Principles of Prevention to assess design work, to be able to monitor the dissemination of information – making sure the correct people get what they need to do the job safely and to be able to deal with conflict in terms of CDM meetings.
Delegates attending one of the coordinator specific CDM courses
, can expect to cover the background to the regulations, the law and CDM – both civil and criminal, the regulations themselves, what duties each member of the teams holds – split between designers, clients, the coordinator, the subcontractors and the principle contractor, in addition to people skills including dealing with problems effectively and negotiation.