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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 3 sections

  1. 1 What are the CDM Regulations?
  2. 2 Planning
  3. 3 Safe Sites
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Section 1: Explaining the CDM Regulations

This focuses on the basics of CDM awareness of regulations, laying the foundations. It covers the core values, the different duty holders and their duties, when and where the regulations apply, and the penalties faced for non-compliance.

Section 2: The planning of a construction project

This section of CDM training for project managers covers the planning of a safe construction project: how to make sure you appoint the right principal contractor and other key duty-holders; and how to assemble the right pre-construction information, construction phase plan, and health and safety file.

Section 3: How to maintain a safe working site

This section of the CDM online training course covers what you need to do in order to maintain a safe construction site. It covers things like vehicle safety, emergency procedures and welfare facilities.

About this course

The construction industry is arguably one of the most dangerous sectors to work for. To put that statement into context, consider the fact that construction accounts for about 5% of the total UK workforce, yet it’s responsible for 31% of all workplace fatalities. On top of this, there are also 64,000 non-fatal injuries requiring medical treatment and 81,000 cases of work-related ill health every year – at a cost of £1 billion in lost working days.

It’s for this reason that the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations were first introduced. Construction projects often involve the use of dangerous equipment, materials, vehicles, and locations; they often involve working at height, near or over large drops or open bodies of water; or on incomplete structures which may topple or collapse – so when you combine this with the fact that worksites also tend to be filled with many different people all working on separate tasks, it’s easy to see where accidents can happen.

The CDM Regulations help make the chaos of a construction project controllable – from start to finish and beyond. By creating qualified roles and responsibilities for key duty holders throughout a construction project, they ensure that Health & Safety protocols are effectively managed by the right people, and that they are communicated to and followed by everyone.

This CDM Training course breaks the regulations down into three simple sections; the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved; what needs to be planned for at each stage of a construction project; and what needs to be considered in order to keep a construction site safe.

We offer a range of construction-specific courses including LOLER, PUWER, Working at Height and Ladder Safety Training. Take a look at our Construction Health & Safety Courses to see more! 

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The importance of CDM Regulations Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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CDM Regulations Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This CDM Regulations Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your CDM Regulations Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

CDM Regulations Certificate

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Whatever your role in construction, CDM aims to improve health and safety in the industry by helping you to:

- sensibly plan the work so the risks involved are managed from start to finish
- have the right people for the right job at the right time
- cooperate and coordinate your work with others
- have the right information about the risks and how they are being managed
- communicate this information effectively to those who need to know
- consult and engage with workers about the risks and how they are being managed

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Business benefits

To help make construction projects safer and easier to manage, the CDM Regulations place an emphasis on cooperation between workers, managers, and project leaders.

This means greater transparency and accountability, resulting in safer working practices; it means improved design and construction solutions as valuable skills from across the board are more easily shared; it means reduced delays as potential setbacks can be addressed more dynamically throughout a project; and, ultimately, it leads to reduced costs as mistakes, problems, delays, stoppages, and accidents can be more easily avoided. It’s important for everyone to understand their role under the CDM regulations and so taking the time to train staff is absolutely essential.

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Frequently asked questions

The HSE denotes a principal contractor as the contractor with the most control over the construction phase of a project involving more than one contractor. Under CDM regulations a principal contractor has the responsibility to plan, manage, monitor and coordinate health and safety during this phase.
CDM training courses offer a range of benefits for individuals and companies involved in the construction industry: Improved compliance: Complying with legal requirements helps to avoid any penalties such as fines, liability payments and compensation that may arise from breaking CDM regulations. Improved productivity: Effective health and safety systems can improve productivity by reducing any downtime from accidents. Increased safety and less accidents: Having staff be aware to the prinicapls of the CDM regulations through our training courses will ensure safety throughout any construction project.