Construction Design and Management (Construction)

Construction Design and Management (Construction)

The Diploma in Construction Design and Management Co-ordination at QCF level 6 develops knowledge and skills in areas such as confirming construction design and management requirements for projects, providing advice to clients, health and safety, and preparing offers and contracts.

It provides the appropriate level of competence that a construction design and management co-ordinator must have to perform their duties.

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

Why deliver this qualification

The Health and Safety Executive is reviewing the CDM Regulations 2007 and there is an expectation that there will be a greater demand for those involved to demonstrate competence. This award will specifically address the issue of competence and provide a formal qualification to meet potential major uptake by clients, employers and individuals seeking to meet the regulations.

This Diploma at QCF level 6 can be offered in any of the following modes:

  • full-time
  • part-time (eg day-release)
  • open and distance learning
  • infill into existing classes
  • evening provision

Who does this qualification suit

The Diploma in Construction Design and Management Co-ordination at QCF level 6 is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • adult returners to education
  • people in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • individuals currently in a CDM co-ordinator role who wish to demonstrate their competence
  • individuals who work in construction and have an interest in the role of construction design and management co-ordinator in the construction sector

These individuals must have communication and inter-personal skills to fulfil their role. A sound understanding of the design and construction process and knowledge of health and safety is also required. This qualification provides these skills.

CDM co-ordinators can have another role (eg designer, contractor) or may just focus on the role of CDM co-ordinator. The tasks and responsibilities can also be shared out with another person such as the project manager, designer or main contractor.


As with all SQA qualifications, entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Different combinations of relevant qualifications may also be acceptable.


This qualification may allow progression to a construction design and management role or to higher education.


Centres will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval


How to assess

Ongoing course assessment will apply. Each Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for the Unit.

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Group Award code: GJ73 84 (142 QCF credit points)

Ofqual Code: 601/3439/2

Diploma in Construction Design and Management Co-ordination at QCF level 6 consists of six mandatory Units (142 QCF credit points).

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure  (59 KB)

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