iAS Principal Designer Certificate

  • IAS

Course Outline

The role of the Principal Designer is critical to the success of construction projects.  The purpose of the role is to co-ordinate the health and safety aspects of project design and the initial planning, to help to ensure that the issues are fully addressed and compliance is achieved.  The Principal Designer course provides essential understanding and allows students to develop competence and apply their skills to project safety.

Study Time
2 days
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Designed For

The iAS Principal Designer course will be of particular interest to those who have been appointed by a client to perform the function of Principal Designer for compliance with the CDM Regulations 2015.  The course will also be suitable for those construction or health and safety professionals who wish to become a Principal Designer.  It would also be of interest to those project engineers who work with the Principal Designer and need an understanding of this important role.

Key Points

  • Outline of UK legal framework in which the principal designer operates
  • CDM 2015 outline – what has changed
  • Delegates’ role to date in CDM and construction design
  • CDM 2015 – responsibilities of duty holders
  • Who is the principal designer?
  • What do you have to do at project set up?
  • What you have to do during pre-construction phase
  • Developing the pre-construction information
  • Risk assessment and the principles of prevention
  • Safety by design
  • What do you have to do during the construction phase
  • Preparing and developing the health and safety file


In order to attain the iAS Principal Designer Certificate learning is assessed by an end of course written assessment.  The assessment comprises a range of multi-format questions including short descriptive answer, multiple choice and various tasks relating to the Principal Designer role.


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