Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Design and Management Co ordination

SQA code: GJ73 84
Ofqual code: 601/3439/2
Minimum Total Qualification Time: 1420
Minimum Guided Learning Hours: 490
Minimum Credit value: 142

The Level 2 (NVQ) Diploma in Construction Design and Management (CDM) Co¿ordination will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as the application of the CDM regulations in the commissioning, planning, design and completion of construction operations.

This qualification covers the following areas:

  • Confirm CDM Requirements for the Project and Provide Advice to the Client
  • Manage Construction Project Health and Safety Information
  • Contribute to the Preparation of Offers and Contracts for CDM Co-ordination Service
  • Establish Effective Personal Communication for CDM Co-ordination Service
  • Provide Professional Advice, Judgement for CDM Co-ordination Service
  • Develop Occupational Knowledge and Practice for CDM Co-ordination Service

This qualification is available through colleges and training providers.

This qualification can be offered in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Rationale and purpose of this qualification

The qualification is designed to train people as CDM co-ordinators. It is aimed at those in work and looking for recognition of their prior learning and experience in their chosen industry.

Learners can then build on the skills and knowledge gained from achievement of this qualification when working towards achieving another qualification or gaining employment.

It is intended that the qualification will allow learners to evidence a broad experience of topics based on accepted and recognised industrial practices. The Diploma will provide a sound basis for working in the subject area for a range of potential learners.


The qualification is designed to lead the learner to one or more of the following objectives:

  • Supporting a role in the workplace
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills

Purpose of this qualification

The primary purpose of this qualification is to develop the learner's occupational competence as a CDM co-ordinator.  As a competence-based qualification it will provide, on completion, confirmation to employers and industry managers and card schemes that learners have the skills and knowledge needed to meet the nationally recognised standard to carry out the role of a CDM co-ordinator.

The qualification is assessed by completing a portfolio of evidence which details what learners have completed at work through a variety of evidence such as observation, professional discussion, witness testimony and supporting documentary evidence. The assessor can work alongside the learner to confirm that they have met the requirements of the qualification and that they are therefore competent in their role.

Competence is displayed by the assessor observing the learner at work. The learner will demonstrate that they carry out their normal work activities competently and to the industry standard, and are complying with currently legislation and company procedures. The assessment process will ensure that the learner can complete the tasks that they have been directed to undertake and that they can interpret the instructions correctly. They will demonstrate that they can select the appropriate resources for the task. They will also demonstrate that they can complete tasks within the given timescales and specifications.

What does this qualification cover?

As this is a competence-based qualification, learners will be acquiring the knowledge and skills required through on-the-job experience or in a learning environment.

To achieve the whole qualification learners need a minimum of 142 credits. You must complete 6 mandatory units.

Who is this qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for:

  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • apprentices
  • adult returners to education
  • 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
  • learners with no prior experience
  • school leavers
  • full time part time employees
  • school and college students with a part time job or work experience that enables them to develop the appropriate skills in the workplace

Entry to the qualification is at the discretion of the centre. Specific skills, knowledge understanding or other qualifications required before taking this qualification include:

  • communication and inter-personal skills to fulfil their role
  • sound understanding of the design and construction process
  • knowledge of health and safety

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. 


Learners may progress from the Level 6 NVQ Diploma in Construction Design and Management to a construction design and management role or to further education.

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Qualification structure

The qualification requires the learner to complete 6 mandatory units (142 credit points).

Group Award code: GJ73 84 (142 credit points)

Ofqual Code: 601/3439/2

For information on the structure of this qualification, please refer to the Qualification Structure (62 KB).

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How to assess

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

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