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 12-hour course is delivered over two days with a week-long gap in between, allowing you time to reflect and revise, carry out your own CDM analysis report and review the suggested reading.
Day 1 Background and context
- Introduction to CDM 2015 and how it has evolved throughout the years with the use of case studies, exemplars, key quotes and historic analogies, as well as HSE’s position on CDM 2015
- CDM differently and visually; a new design based approach to CDM
- What can go wrong and how to avoid it? This will be explained using an actual HSE prosecution cases
- Teamwork not paperwork; an RIBA/ICE approach to collaborative teamworking, which concentrates on real issues, not bureaucracy
- Visual Risk Pathway CDM Analysis explained, studying real project case studies and facilitating CDM collaboration
- Integration of Significant Design Risk identification and analysis on delegate’s own projects followed by feedback session
Day 2 Principal Designer: the practicalities
- Delegates presentation of their own projects prepared during the gap week
- Communication of Risk, discussions and lessons learnt
- Myth-busting the misconceptions and misinterpretation of CDM
- Types of risks from catastrophic to personal using case studies
- Integration of CDM into the RIBA Plan of Work
- Hazard Awareness and Risk Identification (HARI) methods, producing visual PCI deliverables and H&S files
- Questions answered
- Information and guidelines on questionnaire
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).
Core Curriculum: 1. Being safe 2. Compliance
Terms & Conditions
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