Your CDM training options.
What is CDM?
CDM or Construction Design Management refers to the 2007 regulations imposed by the government on how the design and execution of construction projects should be run. It deals with health and safety factors in how the project is planned and how it will be used once the build has been completed.
Who needs a CDM course?
As there are a number of different people, fulfilling different roles within any given construction project, many people can find benefit from a CDM training
course. Firstly, construction clients need to be aware of whether certain responsibilities lie with themselves or the contractor. Of course, designers need to be up to date on all their responsibilities in terms of the design of the project. In addition contractors need to have good CDM awareness in order to conduct the project successfully and within the bounds of the law and their teams of workers also need to be able to translate this to the individual tasks taking place on the project.
As there is a range of different delegates that need CDM training
, there is a selection of courses on offer to meet these needs. It makes most sense to divide the CDM training
courses on offer into two main sections: Non accredited and accredited courses.
Non accredited courses.
Non accredited CDM courses run from half a day to two days. They range from half day awareness courses specially for contractors, single day courses suitable for contractors, workers or clients and two day course for CDM coordinators. They have all been devised and are run by training providers as in-house courses. Delegates that complete these courses will receive a trainer certificate of attendance.
The second option available is the accredited CDM training
course. While these courses are delivered by training providers, they are also accredited by outside organisations such as IOSH or the APS, giving them added creditability as they have been tested against an outside standard.
The IOSH Managing Contractor / Client CDM relationship course is three days in duration and covers the legal aspects of the duty holders roles', as well as general health and safety practice and administration. Successful delegates will receive an IOSH certification on completion of the course.
The second accredited option is the APS CDM coordinator course. Designed specifically for Coordinators that aim to be registered with an independent accreditor, the course allows them to skip some of the registration stages.
There are four APS accreditation stages:
Stage 1: Complete the application process, demonstrating that you hold 18 points on the qualifications and evidence section (The APS course is worth 3, and non accredited CDM course two, so other points are gained through relevant industry experience qualifications and training courses).
Stage 2:Online exam – this is the stage that completing the APS accredited course allows you to skip.
Stage 3: A National Occupation Standards Interview.
Stage 4:Complete the payment for first years fee. See the Association of Project Safety Accreditation (APS) website for further details. Please note that completion of the APS CDM course does not automatically entitle the delegate to APS accreditation. The additional accreditation stages must also be completed successfully.