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Half-day principal designer course Brighton
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Half-day principal designer course Brighton

​Looking to consolidate your skills and knowledge in the new Principal Designer role? Need some training to give you the confidence in your skills?

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 courses. This certificate 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 3-hour course is delivered over an afternoon, including a workshop session exploring case studies provided by course leaders, as well as some delegate’s own ongoing projects. The two sessions cover the following topics:

Session one

  • Q&A: write your questions for later discussions
  • Introductory open discussion about CDM 2015 and its integration
  • What new roles and responsibilities, if any, have you undertaken since April 2015?
  • CDM Differently: why architectural PD’s need a different approach
  • How has CDM 2015 been applied on projects to date?
  • Misunderstandings, misconceptions and myth-busting
  • Strategic CDM issues: capturing key information about your project and fee bids
  • RIBA Plan of Work and the stage by stage delivery of CDM 2015
  • CDM Design Reviews: what can go wrong and how to avoid it

Session two

  • H&S/CDM case studies for architects; some of what you need to know, and where to get more
  • Exemplar projects explained by speaker
  • Workshop session: some of your own projects reviewed by course leader and the group
  • Summary of lessons learnt
  • Q&A: your questions discussed, and open discussions

Delegates are encouraged to bring project drawing bundles, and some projects are then randomly selected by course leader for group discussions. Significant risks captured on flipchart for delegates to develop further after the course. For more information on the course content and structure, please see the course flyer.

Course leaders
This course is designed and developed by Paul Bussey and Tony Putsman, and will be delivered one of the speakers.

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 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

Courses in the RIBA Principal Designer Series will provide you with knowledge and guidance to enhance your existing skills, knowledge and understanding as ‘designers’, enabling you to assume the Principal Designer role on ongoing projects. For more information on other courses in RIBA Principal Designer Series, click here.

For more information on course content and 2017 programme contact RIBA CPD Manager, Mona Devereau or call 0207 307 3848.

RIBA/CIAT members £70+VAT
Non-member £100+VAT


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