Hints and Tips for booking a CDM course
Consider what you need for your role now and what you may need in the future
The first question you need to ask yourself before booking your CDM course
is: What is my role in the CDM process? While designers, clients, contractors and coordinators all need to have a solid understanding of the HSE’s 2007 CDM regulations, they will have different priorities.
Reflecting this there are a number of CDM training courses on offer. Firstly there is the one day CDM course
, going by a variety of names such as CDM explained, CDM awareness or CDM regulations. These courses are designed to give a brief but firm understanding of the regulations themselves, along with updates, duty holder identification and responsibility, working with CDM documentation, and practical issues arising in CDM.
These courses are suitable for anyone involved in CDM, that needs a basic introduction.
Coordinator courses are longer and more in depth than the others.
There are also longer and more in-depth courses on offer. These include CDM coordinator courses and courses such as the IOSH Managing Client / Contractor Relationship (CDM).
Coordinator courses tend to last for three days as this duration providers time for a greater insight into this complicated role.
Coordinator courses cover issues such as: the history and reasons leading up to the implementation of the CDM regulations, the legal aspects of CDM, a detailed breakdown of the regulations themselves, duties off all parties including clients, contractors, designers, principle contractors, and coordinators, the role of the coordinator and the key importance of communication and negotiation between the duty holding parties.
If you want CMD – C accreditation make sure you have all the relevant qualifications
There are two types of Coordinator CDM course
on offer – accredited and in-house. An in- house course is one that has been designed by the training provider and results in certification from that provider. An accredited CDM course
is one that has been checked by a professional training body and therefore is acknowledged by them to reach a certain accepted standard.
Be aware however that completing an accredited CDM course
, does not necessarily mean you gain accreditation. Most accrediting bodies have a staged process, which includes evidence of prior training and experience within CDM or related fields.
For example to get Association for Project Safety (APS) accreditation as a CDM – C, you will have to hold 18 points on the qualification and experience scale, with the course itself only providing three of those points. If you need more information on this check individual accrediting bodies websites' for details.
Skip a stage in the registration process by doing an accredited CDM course.
One of the key advantages of completing an accredited CDM course, is that it does allow you to skip one of the registrations stages. For example the APS require the completion of four stages: 1. Registration and evidence of experience (as discussed above), 2. An online exam, 3. An interview, 4. Payment of fees. An APS accredited CDM course lets you skip stage two, saving you time and perfect for those needing to make speedy progress with their accreditation.