Introduction to Principal Designer Role

9am to 5pm on Tuesday 25th October 2016

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 CDM 2016 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.

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

  • 9am to 5pm on Tuesday 25th October 2016
    Tea and coffee served from 8.30am
  • Lecture Room 1, Riddel Hall,Stranmillis Road,Belfast
  • 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: Contact Julia Leaker ( to book. Cheques should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles,Belfast,BT7 1NZ

If you have any queries about this course please contact Julia or Jeanette on 0280 9032 3760.