CITB Courses for Site Managers and Supervisors

Site Safety Plus

Site Safety Plus (SSP) is a scheme from CITB that helps provide the construction industry with a range of training courses, all designed for health and safety awareness, career development, and to help maintain a safe workforce.

The courses are designed to give everyone new skills and a shot to progress through the industry and their chosen career paths. From operatives to senior managers. Courses include a one-day Health and Safety Awareness (HSA) course, right through to the five-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). We will touch on some of the other SSP courses in another blog post, for this one we are focusing on the main two courses aimed at site managers and supervisors, plus the refresher training available for each of these courses.

There are four courses that are part of Site Safety Plus specifically for site managers and supervisors:

  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
  • Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS-R)
  • Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
  • Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SSSTS-R)

Below, we give a brief summary of each of these courses and the skills you will learn.


Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Who is it for? 

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme is for those who have responsibility for planning, organising, monitoring or controlling teams. For example, site managers. You may already be in this role or considering moving to a role.

Course overview

SMSTS covers the relevant legislation which affects safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering sectors. The course highlights the need for risk assessments in the workplace, necessary control measures and how to implement them, plus communication to sustain a good health and safety culture amongst your team.

Certification is valid for five years, after which time you will be required to take a refresher course. This must be completed before your certificate expires or the full course will need to be retaken.

Course outcome 

  • You will be able to implement health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation affecting your work
  • You will be able to implement new guidance and industry best practice
  • Be confident stating your duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment

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Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS-R)

Who is it for? 

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher is for those who have previously passed the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course and have time to complete the refresher course before their certificate expires.

Course overview

The SMSTS refresher will bring health and safety knowledge up to date with current standards and provides a thorough overview of any legislative changes and their impact in the workplace. It will also build on the material from SMSTS and introduce new subjects.

Course outcome

  • You will be able to implement any updated health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation which affects your role
  • You will be able to implement new legislation and industry best practice
  • You will continue to fulfil your duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety and the environment

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Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course

Who is it for?

The two-day Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme is for site supervisors. The certificate will last for five years and participants will learn about legal responsibilities regarding health, safety, welfare and environmental issues.

Course overview 

SSSTS is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training course for all supervisors working on Build UK sites and provides participants with an understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues. It also highlights the need to promote health and safety to supervise effectively, as well as legal responsibilities.

Course outcome 

Participants will learn:

  • Health and safety law and how it applies to supervisors
  • Supervisory responsibilities in controlling sites safely
  • Risk assessments and the need for method statements
  • Effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings
  • How to monitor site activities effectively
  • Intervention methods when bad practice is identified

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Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SSSTS-R)

Who is it for? 

The Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme Refresher is for those who have previously passed the Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and need to renew their certificate.

Course overview 

The SSSTS refresher course brings participants health and safety knowledge up to date and provides a thorough overview of any legislative changes and their impact in the workplace. It builds on the material in the original course and refreshes most areas.

Course outcome 

Successful participants will be able to:

  • Implement all updated health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation affecting their supervisory roles
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice
  • Fulfil their responsibilities regarding health, safety, welfare and the environment

Book or enquire about this course

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CITB Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course (TWSTC)

Another popular course recommended for managers who look after temporary works is the one-day Temporary Works Supervisor Course (TWSTC) or the two day Temporary Works Coordinator Training Course (TWCTC). We will touch on more details on both of these courses in another post.