The Building Safety Act is a significant piece of legislation that aims to improve building safety in England. In relation to the framework of PAS 8670, which provides guidance on the competence of individuals appointed to key roles in building safety, we recognize the need for a robust register of competence for Principal Designers.

To perform the statutory appointed role of a Principal Designer for each type of building project, the following data criteria will be captured in the ICM register of competence:

  1. Educational Qualifications:
    • Academic qualifications related to architecture, engineering, construction, or a relevant field.
  2. Professional Experience:
    • Number of years of experience working in the construction and property sector.
    • Details of previous projects worked on as a Principal Designer or in a relevant role.
  3. Building Safety Training:
    • Evidence of training in building safety, risk management, and relevant safety regulations.
    • Any additional certifications related to building safety and design.
  4. Knowledge of Building Regulations and Legislation:
    • Understanding of the Building Safety Act, Building Regulations, and other relevant legislation.
    • Awareness of industry standards and best practices.
  5. Design and Technical Competence:
    • Proficiency in architectural and technical design aspects related to building safety.
    • Knowledge of fire safety, structural integrity, and other safety considerations.
  6. Risk Assessment Skills:
    • Ability to identify and assess potential hazards during the design phase.
    • Experience in implementing risk mitigation measures.
  7. Collaboration and Communication:
    • Strong communication skills to liaise with other professionals, clients, and stakeholders.
    • Track record of successful collaboration within project teams.
  8. Project Management Abilities:
    • Capacity to manage the design process effectively and ensure compliance with safety requirements.
    • Experience in coordinating with various parties involved in the project.
  9. Continuing Professional Development (CPD):
    • Evidence of ongoing professional development and engagement with industry updates.
  10. References and Recommendations:
    • Positive references from previous clients, employers, or colleagues.
    • Recommendations from reputable industry professionals.
  11. Insurance and Professional Indemnity:
    • Confirmation of adequate professional indemnity insurance coverage.

It is essential to continually update and review the register of competence to reflect changes in regulations, industry practices, and individual competencies. Regular assessments and audits should be conducted to ensure that Principal Designers on the register meet the required standards and can effectively perform their statutory appointed role in ensuring building safety.

The assessment consists of understanding how the data subject person measures to their metric in terms of suitability to undertake the role of a PD under PAS 8671:2022 recommendations.

The purpose of the ICM Register is to collect all relevant available data upon which independent assessment is made by appropriately qualified assessors then to robustly report findings in a competent manner with recommendation(s) where appropriate to assist a commissioning client to form own opinion as to appointment. 

Please Note: The Institute of Construction Management register removes itself entirely from any guarantee or liability for the data subject person and the data.   It is for the commissioning client to decide upon making the appointment and the ICM Register Report is only for information.

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