IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is Possible to Attend this in ‘Virtual Trainer’ Format During COVID-19 Lockdown

These Scheme Rules have been 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. The CITB SMSTS (Virtual Trainer) courses can be temporarily delivered remotely by a tutor over a video call.

Certificate Expiry – All delegates now have until 30 April 2021 to join a SMSTS refresher course, if their current certificate expired after the 01 December 2020.


CITB SMSTS – Site Management Safety Training Scheme

Attending the CITB SMSTS course helps to provide the expertise and knowledge required by the health and safety laws in the United Kingdom. Managers and those in a position of responsibility for construction site safety have a legal duty to help reduce the risks in the workplace. By learning the skills taught throughout the course delegates will be able to work and manage health and Safety regulations effectively.

smsts courseThe SMSTS course is aimed towards managers and those in a supervisory position. This is a great course to take for anyone looking to be promoted into a more supervisory role.

The 5-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme is a recognised qualification and has been approved by the ACoP for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations. This site management training is regarded as one of the best construction site safety training courses to take as it covers your legal and moral duties regarding health and safety in the workplace. Proprietors of construction firms are also recommended to take this course.

Course Content

Throughout the SMSTS course attendees will cover core elements that include:

  • Construction Design Management (CDM Regulations)
  • Setting up the site safely
  • Risk Assessments
  • Method Statements
  • Demolitions, scaffolding, excavations & confined spaces

Course Duration

  • 5 days

Assessment and Examination

Attendees will pass the SMSTS course by ensuring they attend each of the five days training. Assessment is continuous as you will need to show you have full understanding of the core elements taught on the course, tested through a series of exercises. A final examination is given at the end of the five days.

Successful delegates will be awarded with a CITB Site Safety Plus certificate to prove they are qualified to manage the health and safety on site as required by law.

Training Benefits

Employers sending their supervisors and managers on the SMSTS training course will gain qualified staff trained to help promote and manage safety on site. The cost of inadequately trained construction workers can be far higher than the cost of a training course. Many construction sites and clients insist on all site supervisors and managers to be trained in the scheme.

Employers will gain peace-of-mind that their site managers and employees are trained to a competent and nationally recognised standard.

Refresh Your Certificate Every 5 Years

The CITB certificate is valid for five years and the two day long SMSTS Refresher course needs to be attended before your existing certificate expires in order to remain qualified.


All successful delegates are issued with an official CITB ConstructionSkills Site Safety Plus Site Management Safety Training Scheme certificate. Certification is issued by the awarding body usually within two to three weeks after completion of the course.

Prior Learning

Prior learning is available for site supervisors in the form of SSSTS.

CITB Site Safety Plus Publication / Workbooks

All CITB Site Safety Plus courses advertised on our website include access to Construction Site Skills publications. Dependent on the accredited CITB training provider, delegates are given the option of taking away training materials in the following formats

  • hard copy workbooks
  • CD
  • access to a materials online
Confirmation will be provided via the joining instructions issued following receipt of full payment. Please check at the time of booking as to whether or not current hard copy publications are included in the cost.

CITB Levy Payers

To allow for the automated process of claiming back the training grant, please ensure that delegates attending courses, take the Levy Number & enter it on the relevant section of the course paperwork. Retrospective claims may not be accepted.

Further Study

If you would like to study further we recommend the NEBOSH Construction Certificate. This is a nationally recognised occupational health and safety qualification. The training course is directly aimed at anybody who contributes to the day to day decisions taken within the working environment in the construction industry.

What Else Should I Know About the Scheme?

The Site Safety Plus Scheme provides industries with a range of training courses for people seeking to develop skills in the building, civil engineering and allied industries. The training courses are designed to provide all levels of staff with the skills required to climb the ladder in their industry sector. Whether you’re attending the 1-day CITB Health and Safety Awareness course or the 5-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme, the CITB Site Safety Plus Scheme courses ensure you benefit from the highest level of training.

The courses which make up the entire Site Safety Plus Scheme include:

  • 1-Day Health and Safety Awareness
  • Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme
  • Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme Refresher
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme
  • Directors Role for Health and Safety


Tips and Guidance

Included within the price of your Site Management Safety Training Scheme should be all of the materials required to successfully complete the course including an official CITB ConstructionSkills GE700 manual publication. Course fees should also include the final exam on the last day of the course. The vast majority of training providers issue the required CITB publications at the beginning of the course. Some training providers expect the publications to be returned to the tutor at the end of the course. Unfortunately this means that those delegates are required to purchase the publications from the CITB after the course and they are expensive. This needs to be considered when booking your course. It is a CITB ConstructionSkills requirement that all delegates are issued with the official ConstructionSkills publications during the course for study reasons. It is also a requirement for individuals to keep the publications up to date during the years leading up to the refresher course.

Cheap SMSTS Courses

Cheap SMSTS courses may not include CITB publications, we therefore advise you to check this prior to booking your site management safety course.

Qualified Instructors

All instructors are qualified to a very high standard. Training providers which publish their courses on our website have been granted CITB ConstructionSkills Site Safety Plus accredited status. The application process to achieve accredited status is a stringent one and part of this process includes the submission of instructor cv’s to the awarding body detailing instructor qualifications and specific industry experience prior to CITB approval. The stringent application process is in place to ensure quality standards are met and to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. The CITB ConstructionSkills audit all approved training providers on an annual basis, this ensures course instructors are up to date with all of the necessary qualifications and experience so that you can be confident your tutor is appropriately qualified to run your course.

Quality of Training Venues

From our perspective the quality of a training venue is extremely important. A high quality training venue gives course attendees a positive impression whereas a venue which is sub-standard or not fit for purpose will undoubtedly leave course attendees feeling that they are not getting value for money. Hiring cheaper training venues can enable training providers to reduce the running costs of their course. The cost reduction in may cases is passed on to the customer whilst enabling the provider to sell their course at a cheaper rate than their competitors. In some cases cheaper venues are hired without a reduction in cost to the customer, which often results in more negative course feedback relating to both the venue and value for money. A more expensive course fee can often mean the training provider is investing in a higher quality venue and it is more likely that quality control is high on the training providers agenda. has enabled venue quality scoring throughout the site so that our visitors can view how others have rated the training providers venues. See the example customer rating below:


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Lunch & Refreshments

Lunch and refreshments may not be the most important factor to consider when booking an SMSTS course, however the non-inclusion of lunch and refreshments on your training means you will need to pay for refreshments and lunch during your breaks each day. Training providers which include lunch and refreshments on their courses generally receive better post-course feedback compared to those which do not, this affects the overall quality of the delegates experience. The inclusion of lunch and refreshments reduces course attendee expenditure significantly as the course is delivered over five days. If cost is an issue when you’re booking; funding these expenses needs to be taken in to consideration. When searching our site for SMSTS courses displays information on the inclusion of lunch and refreshments, please see the example below:


lunch refreshments included can help you to make a more informed decision as to which course and provider best suits your wants and needs by displaying highly relevant information including the quality of the training, course materials, instructors, venues, lunch and refreshments.

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