CDM15 Principal Designer

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Course Hours
1 day course
Enhance your knowledge of the principles of prevention through the design of your projects that is required under the CDM 15 Regulations which requires to be planned, managed, monitored and coordinated by the Principal Designer in ensuring all designers comply with their duties.
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Released due to industry demand CIOB have a new one-day Principal Designer awareness course for members and non-member delegates to have an insight to the skills, knowledge and experience, together with tools required to fulfil the role for small refurbishments to very large complex projects across all construction sectors. Principal Designers have a very important role to ensure any hazards are identified and any associated significant risks remaining are raised in liaison with the Principal Contractor to help prevent accidents, unnecessary project delays and additional costs to the project.

The Principal Designer one day awareness course by CIOB helps delegates define the type of “skills, knowledge, experience” required to be utilised to fulfil the role for small refurbishments to very large complex projects. Whether you are initial designer appointed by the Client and / or a Designer within the Principal Contractor organisation and / or specialist Contractor carrying out design incl. temporary works. This course provides an insight to who is accountable, responsible and requires to be consulted and informed through the project lifecycle.  But provide through some interaction delegates a basic awareness and understanding to deliver the Principal Designer role. Following completion of the course and completing the assessment, after which successful delegates passing the CIOB course will be issued the assessment result certificate.

You will also be given the opportunity to participate in an online exam, after which successful delegates will be issued an exam result certificate. Alongside your attendance certificate, this could be useful should a client, stakeholder or external body require evidence that you have the industry standard skills. Delegates will not just understand their duties and of others, they will be able to take away the basic principles of prevention required by all designers, as well the Principal Designer to help prevent accident and / or incidents during the project and assets lifecycle.

The Next Available dates are:

20th December 2022

16th March 2023

14th July 2023

15th September 2023

9th November 2023

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By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Understand the Principal Designers and Designers duties under CDM Regulations 2015
  • Be aware of the important part the Client has in ensuring adequate time and resources, together with maintaining and reviewing arrangements are in place.
  • Understand the importance and benefits of good procurement and design risk management can help projects be on time and within budget through mitigating the risk of accidents and incidents etc.
  • Aware of the consequence of ensuring the pre-construction information and good design risk management is applied.
  • Understanding pre-construction phase overlaps with design changes during the construction phase till practical completion.
  • Ensuring the right information is provided to the right people at the right time.
  • Be able identify the links between CDM and current UK health and safety legislation (i.e. general principles of prevention)
  • Implement the role and duties of the Principal Designer and Designer under CDM
  • Implement the process of managing and co-ordinating health and safety in design, including the communication process; collaborative team-based risk management; change management and the impact of design on accident prevention strategies
  • Utilise recommended risk management tools to inform design decisions relating to reasonably foreseeable risks.


This course is suitable for designers employed by the client and / or the principal contractor and / or special contractors with design responsibility. Also, for other professionals in the procurement, design and delivery of a project.


An online classroom with live tutor and interactions.


Course Delivery

Our courses are delivered using a platform called GoToWebinar, please follow the links below to test your system and download the software, prior to your course starting.


The course will cover:

Session 1 Welcome, Aim, Objective, Reason why and Introduction
Session 2 Latest UK Construction Statistics – Current Sector Plan and Strategy
Session 3 HSE’s Role & Enforcement etc
Session 4 Brief background to Health & Safety Act, WAH, CDM and links to other relevant key legislation, guidance and publications*
Session 5 Brief overview of CDM Duties and requirements of the Duty Holders
Session 6 How planning and design incl. the importance of temporary works and the Client’s duties on ‘Arrangements’
Session 7 Duty-holder interaction – Exercise (20 Min Film “Benefits of Foresight”): Identify the main CDM Requirements on a project timeline, in relation to the Client, Principal Designer, Designer and Principal Contractor
Session 8 Managing Control and Co-ordinating health and safety within design and pre- construction phase – Film: “Working with roofs”
Session 5 CDM in practice: design hazard logs/risk registers (e.g. Design Residual Risk Registers (DRM Tool or DRR); SiD (Safety in Design) examples; RAG lists; Basic utilisation of BIM)
Session 6 Syndicate Exercise: Identify design hazards/problems and solutions based on project drawings/photos/scenarios
Session 7 Summary with Q&A


End of Course Assessment Test requires to be completed online and the delegates who achieve a min of 80% who will receive a certificate confirming that they have achieved the required basic knowledge, understanding and key principles required of the Principal Designer to a high standard.

The test will comprise of 10 multi-choice questions


Course Leader

Stephen Coppin


Experienced and qualified mechanical engineer and construction manager etc with a master’s in general engineering.

Previously Technical Director and Partner, incl. Head of H&S /Compliance for various organisations for Lend Lease, Vinci, Land & Marine, Rider Levitt Bucknall and Arcadis incl. DWP, as National EHS Manager for Jobcentre Plus Programme. Served as a Regular Military Engineer & Head of SHEF & Tutor for the Royal Engineers Reserves.

Developed and delivered bespoke and accredited Designer, Principal Designer and Contractor training, including CITBs SMSTS and Achieving Behavioural Change courses.

Has been proactive with the HSE on best practice initiatives within the construction industry via CONIAC/CONIAN working groups and active on the HSE’s BIM4 Working Group, incl. 4D Planning workshops, incl. various professional working bodies/groups on the CDM, TWf and new the building safety legislation, integrated gateways and worker engagement research reports. Key speaker on Design for Safety & Digital incl. master class for IOSH & Ministry of Manpower (MoM) at the Design for Safety (DfS) conference in Singapore and a Webinar on DfS for CIC HK. Delivering Design Risk Management (DRM) Workshops for APS & IIRSM. Currently chair of CIOB’s Health, Safety & Wellbeing Advisory Group.

Author for various CIOB CM, APS, ROSPA, IOSH articles on BIM, CDM and occupational health dust reduction at source, incl. APS Practice Note on Surveys, co-author for a OH&S case study published by IOSH for the policy & practice journal and APS Practice Note on Design Risk Management.