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About CDM Duty Holder Training

Course Title

CDM (2015) Management Principles

This is a Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM) duty holder training course. It is aimed at helping duty holders to fulfil their legal responsibilities under CDM Regulations. The course provides a comprehensive exploration of CDM principles from planning, through to the build phase.

Who is the CDM Duty Holder Course Suitable For?

This CDM Duty Holder course is aimed at duty holders, to help them gain awareness of their roles and responsibilities on a CDM construction project. The training provided within this course provides users with an understanding of how CDM projects work, including the roles of duty holders through all phases of the project.

Why Is CDM Duty Holder Training Course Important?

Construction projects have a considerable amount of risk associated with them, and it is a legal duty to ensure it is managed according to CDM guidelines.

Duty holders must follow systems to identify any potential risks and ensure they are suitably controlled through every phase of a construction project. Effective communication and coordination strategies must be in place to ensure everyone is working together to prevent accidents and ill health.

By having a clear understanding of guidelines and responsibilities, workplace safety and risk management can be effectively carried out to mitigate hazards in construction projects.

What’s Included in the CDM Duty Holder Course?

  • Comprehensive yet concise explanation
  • Certificate on completion
  • Simple login & user access
  • The latest industry best practice

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain awareness of how CDM works
  • Understand risk assessment and competency management through a defined process
  • Identify risks from the design to the construction phases
  • Understand the Construction Phase Plan and its legalities
  • Identify the duty holders in construction projects

Delivery Method

Online / E-learning

Course Duration

Approximately 4 hours and 35 minutes

Course Content

This training course has ten modules which cover the following elements:

Module 1 – Introduction to CDM 2015

  • Why is CDM Required?
  • Case Studies
  • Overview of CDM
  • Duty Holders’ Roles
  • Where CDM Applies
  • Deciding if CDM Applies

Module 2 – How a CDM Project Works

  • Appointment Process of Duty Holders
  • Communication and Corporation Requirements Between Duty Holders
  • Notifiable Projects
  • Documentation Requirements – Pre-construction
  • Project Documentation Requirements – Construction Phase Plan
  • Project Documentation Requirements – Health and Safety File

Module 3 – Risk Assessment Process in a Construction Project

  • Risk Assessment Process in Construction
  • Risk Assessment Definitions
  • Risk Assessment Process
  • Construction Hazards
  • Risk Control Principles

Module 4 – Assessing & Managing Competency in a CDM Project

  • Why Competency Is Fundamental to Safety
  • Legal Duties
  • The Definition of Competency
  • Assessing Competency
  • Hierarchy of Risk Controls & Competency

Module 5 – Pre-construction Phase Information

  • Gathering Information
  • Health and Safety File
  • Design Drawings
  • RAG Lists

Module 6 – Design Stage Risk Assessment

  • Design Stage Risk Assessment
  • Construction Phase
  • Normal Use Phase
  • Refurbishment & Repair Phase
  • Decommissioning Phase
  • Case Study Part 1 – Identify Hazards
  • Case Study Part 2 – Estimate Risk
  • Case Study Part 3 – Evaluate Risk
  • Case Study Part 4 – Records

Module 7 – Construction Phase Plan

  • Project Details
  • Management Structure and Responsibilities
  • Design Change Control Systems
  • Accident and Incident Reporting System
  • Contractor Selection and Control System
  • Site Induction Training System
  • Worker Consultation System
  • Permit to Work System
  • Risk assessment System
  • Method Statement System
  • Safe Systems of Work
  • Health and Safety File – Construction Phase

Module 8 – Construction Plan – Site Health & Safety Arrangements

  • Site Security
  • Welfare Arrangements
  • First Aid
  • Emergency Arrangements
  • Site Rules

Module 9 – Construction Phase Plan – Specific Site Risks

  • Structures, Demolitions and Excavations
  • Energy Distribution Installations
  • Vehicles and Traffic Routes
  • Fire, Flooding and Explosion
  • Environmental Hazards
  • Other Common Risks

Module 10 – Construction Phase Risk Assessment & Method Statements

  • Content of Construction Phase RAMS
  • Role of RAMS at Different Stages of a Project
  • Failure 1 – Generic RAMS
  • Failure 2 – Risk Controls Not Implemented
  • Practical Steps for Safety Improvements

End of Course Assessment

At the end of the course, users must complete an end of course assessment before earning their certification.

The end of course test is:

  • 100% online
  • Multiple choice
  • A score of 80% is required to pass the test.


The downloadable printable certificate assured by RoSPA will be issued instantly on course completion. The CDM duty holder training certificate includes Trainee’s name, Company name, Course name, Date of completion, Expiry date and name of the approval body.

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