Your Construction Deisgn Management course options.
CDM or the Construction Design Management regulations were introduced by the HSE in 2007. The aim of these regulations is to ensure health and safety is regarded as a central part of the construction process and that it is factored into each stage including design of projects, management of projects and the construction stage of projects. As with most health and safety issues in the construction industry, it is possible to attend a training course on the subject. The advantage of completing one of the CDM courses
on offer is that it means you can be sure that you have up to date knowledge of this complicated issue that will help you in your day to day role. There are a number of CDM courses
available, below you will find a summary of each course, who it is aimed at and some additional useful information you may need.
The most basic of the CDM courses
available is the one day course. They are often known as CDM explained, CDM overview, CDM regulations, or CDM workshops. The aim of these courses is to introduce the candidate to the CDM regulations and the different responsibilities each party holds in line with these. These short courses therefore make it easier to identify who has what responsibility in relation to construction, design and management.
The more advanced of the CDM courses
on offer include the 2 – 3 day awareness or coordinators courses. Such courses usually include a background to why the CDM regulations are necessary, the legislation that is relevant to parties involved in the CDM, how to apply the regulations to the job that you are working on and an in-depth breakdown of all the parties individual duties.
There is also the option of completing one of the accredited CDM courses
on offer. Accredited courses are offered through trainers in the UK, but be careful, as completing an ‘accredited course’ does not in itself provide you automatically with accreditation.
For example, if you complete an Association for Project Safety (APS) three day accredited CDM course, you will still have further steps to completed to be certified as a CDM – C.
The four stages are: 1. Complete application form with evidence and fee. The evidence you will need is 18 points on the qualification and experience scale. A non accredited CDM training course will be worth 1 – 2 points, while the accredited course is worth 3. Other points must be gained through experience and other previous relevant training. Contact the APS for details. 2. Complete the online CDM Coordinator exam successfully. 3. Succeed in a National Occupational Standard interview for CDM coordination. 4. Complete payment of annual subscription.
However if you wished to become APS accredited and have done an APS accredited course you can skip stage two and just complete the other three stages. Therefore an APS course is an excellent choice for candidates with previous experience looking to fast track their accreditation process.