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PREVIEW: CDM 2015 for principal contractors

This preview is for ATO use. The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to the CDM 2015 legislation, duty holder roles and the principal contractor and contractor responsibilities.

This standard is available to ATOs to preview before it’s finally published. You should make sure your course matches these details. This standard will eventually supersede the existing standard in development. 

Until then, continue to publicise your courses against the existing title on the Construction Training Directory.


Minimum one day of 6 learning hours


The purpose of training delivered against this standard is to provide candidates with an introduction to the CDM 2015 legislation, duty holder roles and the principal contractor and contractor responsibilities.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • overview of CDM 2015 regulations
  • role and responsibilities of the client within CDM 2015 for commercial and residential projects
  • duty holder roles and responsibilities for:
    • principal designer
    • designer
    • client
    • worker
  • construction phase plan content and requirements
  • contractor assessment
  • planning, managing and monitoring construction work
  • application of CDM part 4 'general requirements for all construction sites'
  • contractor and worker engagement
  • health and safety file requirements.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • supervision
  • management and leadership.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However a basic knowledge of construction terminology and health and safety requirements would be beneficial.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • a blend of classroom and e-learning

Delivery to include case studies, discussions and workshops to review the responsibilities of the principal contractor and contractor in relation to the CDM 2015 Regulations.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical training.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard. 

CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard. 

Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.


Recommended refreshment: Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training, (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • describe the key requirements of CDM 2015
  • describe the responsibilities and legal requirements of the principal contractor and contractor
  • explain the roles and legal responsibilities of key stakeholders within the CDM 2015 legislation
  • prepare the construction phase plan
  • identify contractor assessment requirements
  • identify key techniques used in planning, managing and monitoring construction work
  • apply CDM part 4 general requirements for all construction sites
  • identify methods of ensuring contractor and worker engagement
  • identify health and safety file requirements

Additional information about this standard