CDM15 Principal Designer

Quality and Health and Safety


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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.


The CIOB Academy has launched a new one-day Principal Designer Awareness Course to provide delegates with the knowledge and tools needed to fulfill the role of Principal Designer in construction projects. This course covers the skills, knowledge, and experience required to ensure hazards are identified and significant risks are managed.

The course is designed for initial designers, designers within the Principal Contractor organisation, and specialist contractors carrying out design work. After successful completion of the course and assessment, delegates will receive an assessment result certificate and have the opportunity to participate in an online exam to receive an exam result certificate. These certificates demonstrate the delegate’s industry standard skills and understanding of their duties and the basic principles of prevention required by all designers.

We now accept payment in USD for all our courses. For more information please contact [email protected]

Event Details

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1 day
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Next Available Dates

10th January 2024

14th May 2024

5th December 2024


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  • 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.

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


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.


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

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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.



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