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RIBA Principal Designer Webinar Series: Module Five
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RIBA Principal Designer Webinar Series: Module Five

​​The RIBA has been exploring ways in which RIBA CPD seminars and courses can be made available digitally to the membership, in the UK and internationally. The RIBA is looking to test the feasibility of Skype for Business as a webinar platform and is offering 1.5 hours and 2 hours webinars on the Principal Designer role

Module Five: Significant Risk and effective communication

Since the Health and Safety Executive’s CDM 2015 Regulations came into effect in 2015, we have been offering a range of courses on the Principal Designer role.

The webinar series provides comprehensive understanding of the regulations, context and background, as well as Principal Designer practicalities, using a range of case studies.

Webinar content and structure

In 2018, the 10-hour webinar series is delivered over six days, with intervening gaps, allowing you time to reflect and revise, carry out your own CDM analysis report and review the suggested reading. You can attend all six modules in the series thus completing the equivalent content of the two-day Principal Designer course. Alternatively, you can attend relevant modules only, if you need to refresh your understanding of the topic, having attended previous courses.

Following completion of all six webinars in the series, 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.

For more information on individual modules, view the RIBA Principal Designer Webinar Series Factsheet.

Module five will cover the following topics:

  • Communication of “Significant Risk”: How to communicate and demonstrate Significant Risk management to clients and the HSE?
  • Lessons learnt from projects: what skills you didn’t know you had? Applying the Principles of Prevention. Examples by other delegates.
  • Plan, do, check, act: Workstage collaborative CDM reviews, their facilitation and recording to produce workstage documents
  • H&S File preparation and information required and NOT required
  • What can go wrong and how to avoid it? The answer will be explained with the help of case Law and case studies
  • Collaboration, teamwork not unnecessary paperwork and what NOT to do
  • How to charge for the PD role?
  • Live Q&A

For more information on your requirements to attend this webinar, please view the RIBA Webinar Series page.


Paul Bussey, AHMM
Paul 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 and CDM lead 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. 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).

Core curriculum

1. Health, safety and well-being
2. Architecture for social purpose

Webinar fees

Club ticket

Purchase all 6 webinars for the price of five

  • RIBA/CIAT members £180+VAT
  • RIBA Chartered Practice £180+VAT
  • Non-members £257+VAT


Module 1 to 5 (1.5hrs)

  • RIBA/CIAT members £35+VAT
  • Non-members £50+VAT
Module 6 (2hrs)
  • RIBA/CIAT members £40+VAT
  • Non-members £57+VAT

How to book

For more information on individual modules, the RIBA Principal Designer Course or other booking options, please contact CPD Programme team, or call +44(0)207 307 3848.

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