Emergency Virtual SMSTS Refresher Training Provision
These Scheme Rules may be implemented by CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the Construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Managers, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace.
Using Video Technology
It is permitted to deliver the SMSTS Refresher training courses remotely via video technology solution. The training will follow the same curriculum as the classroom course and deliver the same standard of training meeting all Scheme Rules. Minimum delegate numbers for the course will be reduced to two for the period the emergency training provision is in place. To manage remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.
IMPORTANT PLEASE NOTE!
Each virtual trainer course listed on our website includes a location including town/city, county and postcode, however it is important to note that all virtual courses can be attended from anywhere and therefore please ignore the location information. Location data is currently a system requirement to publish virtual courses on our website. If these courses continue beyond the current COVID-19 lockdown our systems will be developed further.
Certificate Expiry – any delegate whose SMSTS achievement has expired since 15 March 2020 and who hasn’t been able to renew in time due to COVID-19, will be allowed to take the refresher rather than the full course. This amendment will remain in place until 30th September 2020. CITB will continue to review this date to ensure that delegates are not unduly disadvantaged, due to COVID-19.
- To maintain training for existing Site Managers
- To maintain training for existing Site Managers even during exceptional circumstances, such as force majeure events
- To continue training Site Managers on legislative changes in the industry and their impact on the workforce
- To support training providers to continue to deliver high quality training despite extraordinary
It is permitted to deliver the SMSTS Refresher courses remotely via video technology solution. The training will follow the same curriculum as the classroom course and deliver the same standard of training meeting all Scheme Rules. Minimum delegate numbers for the refresher course will be reduced to two for the period the emergency training provision is in place. To manage remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.
Course Duration and Attendance
The SMSTS Refresher is a 2 day course. However, due to the delivery by remote learning the course may be split and completed over 2, 3 or 4 consecutive days with a minimum of 14 hours of training plus examination time. Delegates are required to complete the full course duration to be eligible for certification.
Course Publications and Materials
Construction site safety – The comprehensive guide (GE700) is the supporting publication for the SMSTS Refresher course and is mandatory. In the event of remote training taking place, or materials being unavailable for a course running at late notice, a download version of the publication can be used by the delegate as course material. Downloadable versions of GE700 can be purchased online; click here.
Each delegate must be provided with their own copy of the current version of the mandatory course material at the start of their course, which should be retained by the delegate upon completion of the course. While download purchases should be completed and received shortly after purchase, in some circumstances they make take up to 48 hours.
Please note, all publications, whether a hard copy or download, are for single use. Any dissemination or copying of information is strictly prohibited. Please refer to the ‘End User Licence Agreement’ as part of the download purchase process.
For a delegate to obtain certification for the course they must pass the relevant examination. During the period the emergency training provision is in effect, an alternative exam method will be in place for any refresher courses that are run remotely. Due to the nature of the refresher examination questions and the open book element, it is compulsory to use an online examination tool. Classmarker or Microsoft Forms are the recommended solutions for online assessment. Classmarker and Microsoft Forms are approved for use by CITB, any other online examination solution must be referred to CITB for approval prior to use, or examinations will be invalid.
Identification will be checked prior to the examination commencing. During the examination, the trainer will invigilate a maximum of 5 delegates. Each delegate must show the invigilator that they are alone in the room and must be visible via the video at all times. The delegate must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.