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Since the Health and Safety Executive’s CDM 2015 Regulations came into effect in 2015, the RIBA has been offering a range of half, one and two day courses on the Principal Designer role. These are the only Principal Designer Courses offered by the RIBA.
RIBA's accredited Principal Designer course define and provide adequate “skills, knowledge, experience” to a professionally agreed standard. To show awareness and capability to deliver this role there is an industry expectation for professionals to demonstrate attendance and knowledge attained.
Following completion, an attendance certificate will be issued showing that you attended the RIBA-accredited course.
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, knowledge and understanding of the principal designer role.
Course content and structure
The interactive 6-hour course is divided into two sessions. The morning session focuses more on practicalities of CDM Regulation, whilst the afternoon session explores case studies provided by course leaders, as well as your own ongoing projects.
The two sessions cover the following:
Morning session:Q&A: write your questions for later discussions Introduction to CDM and the important messages using case studies, key quotes and historical analogies CDM and related regulations and statutes: how it has evolved from 1974, 1994, 2007, and 2015 CDM Differently: previous methods reviewed and the current recommendation for CDM Analysis Skills, Knowledge, Experience and Training, but also Attitude: Capability not Competency CDM and related regulations and statutes: how it has evolved from 1974, 1994, 2007, and 2015 Principles of prevention Principal Designer role and other duty holders ICE CDM Project Strategy Brief & Collaborative Working facilitated by a Principal Designer
Afternoon session:Visual Risk Pathways CDM analysis documents using case studies such as Florence, Shard, and a University project, amongst others Temporary Works and PD Guidance Teamwork not (unnecessary) paperwork Exemplar Project Reviews Format Workshop session: interactive session discussing your ongoing projects Concluding summary and HSE’s views Q&A: your questions discussed, and open discussions
Delegates are encouraged to bring project drawing bundles, and some projects are then selected by course leader for group discussions, during which time significant risks are captured on flipcharts for delegates to develop further after the course.Speakers
This course is designed and developed by Paul Bussey and Tony Putsman, and will be delivered by both speakers.
Paul Bussey, AHMM Paul Bussey is an RIBA chartered architect with over 30 years’ experience, working within both large and small practices both in the UK and abroad. Paul is currently Technical Consultant at, the Stirling Prize 2015 award winning practice AHMM Architects. He has developed a technical expertise in the application of all types of building related legislation and constructional guidance. In parallel he provides CDM, Principal Designer, Fire Strategy Engineering and Inclusive Design services as well as Quality Management and Project Compliance Services. He sits on various HSE, RIBA and CIC Health and Safety expert committees and is an IMaPS member of the Association for Project Safety. Paul was part of the CITB/HSE Industry Guidance team for Designers under CDM 2015, and has authored CDM 2015: A Practical Guide for Architects and Designers (RIBA Publishing).
Tony Putsman, Xenophon Project Services Limited
Tony Putsman MICE, C.Eng., AIEMA is a qualified civil engineer and experienced Project Manager. For the past 40 years, he has worked across all the major sectors of the Construction Industry, moving from a hands-on, project delivery role into a training and development specialist, and is a leading advocate of team-based risk management. He set up his own risk management consultancy in 2002 and is currently working with clients in the energy, rail, off-shore, house building & refurbishment sectors, promoting a strategic approach to project risk management through enhanced collaborative working. He is co-author of Practical guide to using the CDM Regulations 2015 - Teamwork not Paperwork (ICE Publishing). Tony is a professional trainer and a member of the ICE Health & Safety Expert Panel. He has represented the ICE on the CIC Health & Safety Panel since January 2013, and has been vice chair since July 2014 and sits on the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC).