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Principal designers manage risk prevention during the pre-construction phase of a project.
Salaries depend on location, employer and level of responsibility, and salaries and career options can improve with relevant chartered status.
A degree in a relevant field may be one route to becoming a principal designer. Alternatively, combining work with part-time study towards industry-recognised qualifications, such as those delivered by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), offers another.
Once established in a building design or suitable construction role, specific training in Construction Design and Management Regulations is essential for the role of principal designer.