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ACEI: Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 11 and Friday, 12 April 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Sandymount Hotel, Herbert Road, Dublin 4, DO4 VN88, Co. Dublin, Ireland
  • Fee

    Members: €645
    Non-Members: €745

    Bookings open on 02/01/2019 - please contact ACEI on: / (01) 642 5588

  • CPD Credit
    14 hours   C2


Current legislation, in particular the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 and the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013, imposes statutory duties on promoters of most construction projects, including the duty to appoint a Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP). This programme is designed to provide those  engineers who will be appointed as PSDP to carry out their statutory duties with the necessary understanding and skills to perform these duties correctly. Course will cover all the statutory duties and all the essential competences required of the project supervisor for the design process.

Course aim

The module is directed towards engineers who will fulfill the role of Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) in accordance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2013.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, a participant will be able to:

  • Assess his/her own competence to take on the role of PSDP in the case of a project of a particular size and complexity
  • Advise a client (in particular an inexperienced client) of his statutory duties
  • Demonstrate one’s competence to act as PSDP to a potential client


Topics covered during the course will include :

  • Accidents in Construction and Maintenance
  • Overview of the 2013 Regulations amendments
  • Duties of the Client
  • When is a PSDP appointed?
  • Duties of Project Supervisor Design Process
  • General Application Regulations PSDP & Designer Interface
  • Asbestos
  • First Steps for PSDP
  • Anchor Code of Practice
  • Underground Services Code of Practice
  • Designers Role - A PSDP’s Perspective,Designer’s Assessment of Safety
  • Co-ordination of designers and organising co-operation between designers
  • Getting Agreement on Practical Solutions,Preparation of Preliminary Safety & Health Plan
  • The PSDP Role during Construction Stage
  • The Safety File

The lectures will be interspersed with short workshops, involving active participation by the course delegates, reinforcing the critical steps for the PSDP in meeting their obligations and generating the key deliverables for the PSDP over a variety of practical construction cases. The course will include an open book written exam.

Who should attend?

It is highly recommended that participants on the PSDP course have successfully completed the Designing for Safety in Construction course developed jointly by Engineers Ireland and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI).
It is assumed that participants will be chartered engineers who will have experience of or a good understanding of design and construction in one or more of the engineering disciplines applicable to construction projects (e.g. civil, structural, mechanical, electrical).
In order to gain maximum benefit from this course, it is recommended that participants have some prior knowledge of the current legislation and are familiar with the designer’s duties and the designer’s interaction with the PSDP.

Exam criteria

An ACEI/Engineers Ireland ‘Certificate of Completion will be presented to the successful candidates.

The pass mark  for the written exam will be 60%.

Trainer/course designer profiles

  • Patrick Cassidy BE, DAL, EurIng, CEng, FIEI, MCIWEM, MCIAb, FConsEI
  • Michael Moriarty MEngSc., BE, FConsEI, CEng MIEI
  • Kevin Rudden BScEng, DipEng, DLS, FConsEI, CEng. MIEI Eur-Ing
  • Ian Anderson, CMIOSH, CEng, MSc(OSH), BSc (Hons), CivilEng