Introduction to Principal Designer Role

23 May 2017


For people familiar with the new CDM (NI) Regulations 2016, either through our seminars or their own reading etc, we have partnered with James Ritchie to deliver a one day course dedicated to the role of Principal Designer.

This interactive, introductory course will equip delegates with the knowledge and understanding to undertake the new CDM2016 Principal Designer role on small and medium sized projects. Delegates will be tested on their knowledge at the end of the course.

Architects already have many of the skills that are needed to be a Principal Designer and this course will give delegates a definitive understanding of the Regulations and how to discharge their duties in a practical and proportionate manner. This is the third time RSUA has run this course and the feedback has been excellent on both previous occasions.

Seminar Content 

  • Appointment as PD - fees, terms, schedule of services, PII;
  • What a good PD actually does and how they can add value to the client’s project;
  • Design Risk Management and its importance to the PD role;
  • Applying effective design risk management techniques through good soft skills;
  • Understanding ways of ensuring collaboration and securing designer teamwork;
  • Understanding how to deliver the PD service and its component parts (PCI and H&S File) in a proportionate, practical and effective way;
  • How the PD role fits into the RIBA Plan of Work;
  • Pre-Construction Information - what is required;
  • Liaising with the Principal Contractor and input to the Construction Phase Plan;
  • Dealing with design changes during the construction phase;
  • Health and Safety File preparation and delivery. 


The course is presented by James Ritchie, RIBA's Specialist Practice Consultant on CDM. James is a chartered architect and has been providing CDM training and seminars since 1999. He is a former Deputy Chief Executive of the Association for Project Safety (APS), is currently an APS approved trainer and is co-author of the ‘Principal Designer Handbook and Guide to CDM2015’

Key details 

Course duration: One day

When: 9am to 5pm on Tuesday 23rd May 2017
           Tea and coffee served from 8.30am
           Lunch provided

Where: Riddel Hall,Stranmillis Road,Belfast

Directions: Link/map

Cost: RSUA Practice Services Scheme Members £150 + VAT
         RSUA Members £180 +VAT
         Non-member £200 +VAT

If the course is not fully booked, the remaining places will be made available for free to RSUA members on low incomes.           

How to book
Book your place online or contact Julia Leaker (Mon/Wed/Fri) or Jeanette Hedley (Tues/Thurs) should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles,Belfast,BT7 1NZ.

Please do not hesitate to ring the office if you have any queries 02890 323760