Which CDM course is right for me?
There are a number of people that are involved in keeping to the CDM regulations, including clients, CDM coordinators, designers, contractors and workers. There are CDM training courses
suitable to all parties available and below we will discuss some of the options.
Option 1 – A short course
The first of the CDM training courses
we will discuss here are the shortest options. There are half day and one day courses on offer. These are designed as introductory courses for persons that are just coming into contact for the first time with the CDM regulations, in the course of their work. They provide a basic outline of why the CDM regulations were put in place, what they actually are, who they effect and what each parties responsibilities are. In some cases they are specially tailored to a role, such as contractors, and look at the CDM from this particular perspective.
Option 2 – A Coordinator course
The second of the CDM training courses
we will examine is the coordinator course. Usually running for two or three days, this course is designed for persons that have the responsibility for organising all the parties concerned with CDM and ensuring all groups meet the requirements. This is a specialised role, so the courses need to be longer to include greater depth and understanding of the subtleties of the regulations and the relationship between parties.
Options 3 – An accredited course
The last of the CDM training courses
, to look at here is the accredited coordinator course. Similar to the course above in content, this course will cover: the health and safety at work act, risk assessment, method statement, CDM regulations, duty holders, best practice and any recent changes in legislation.
The main difference here between the CDM accredited course and the other CDM training courses
on offer is the opportunity to gain formal recognition for your training in this field. That is to become an accredited CDM coordinator. This allows successful candidates to use post nominals after their name to show their professional competence.
However, it is very important to note that getting a CDM coordinator accreditation does not automatically occur, with the completion of an accredited course. This is just a step in the accreditation process, indeed you can become accredited without completing an accredited course.
With the Association for Project Safety (APS), there are four stages of accreditation. The first is that you must register and have the required evidence of experience and qualifications. You will need 18 points to apply. Accredited CDM courses are worth three and non accredited are worth two. Relevant experience can be gained across training courses, formal qualification and employment experience. See the qualifications section on the APS website for more details. The second stage is to do the APS online exam, which allows you to be added to the CDM coordinator register. This is the stage that passing an accredited course allows you to skip, as this is included at the end of the course. The third state is to complete the National Occupation Standard Interview and the forth state is to pay your subscription to the awarding body.