CITB Director’s Role for Health and Safety (DRHS)



Course duration

1 Day

Certificate valid for

5 years

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This one-day interactive course has been designed for company directors and senior managers with the aim of recognising the human and financial implications of non-compliance of health and safety legislation.

Site Safety Plus (SSP) Courses

The Site Safety Plus suite of courses provides a range of courses for people seeking to develop their skills in the building, civil engineering and allied industries. Designed from operative to senior manager level, they provide the skills you need to progress through the construction industry, from the one day Health and Safety Awareness course to the five-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). We also offer refresher courses so that workers are always kept up to date with the latest techniques and industry practice to be safe whilst on the job.

CITB Director’s Role for Health and Safety (DRHS) Course Overview

The course will provide a summary of how to promote a positive organisational culture for health and safety. Workshop exercises throughout the day will give delegates the opportunity to discuss their thoughts about health and safety and their responsibilities in an open forum.

The day concludes with delegates preparing an action plan for use when they return to the workplace.  This will include a skills matrix to utilise within their organisations.

The DRHS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard for all senior managers and company directors.

CITB Director’s Role for Health and Safety (DRHS) Aims and Objectives

The delegate will gain knowledge and understanding in:

  • moral, economic and legal costs and implications of making decisions
  • strategic management of risks
  • consequences of failed health and safety management
  • importance of competent duty holders, and cooperating, communicating and coordinating health and safety on projects
  • appointment of competent health and safety assistance
  • basic tools to introduce a proactive health and safety culture into an organisation

At the end of the day the delegates will be able to:

  • recognise the moral, economic and legal costs/implications of decisions made in the boardroom that make their business liable
  • understand the importance of strategic management of risks
  • appreciate the consequences of failing to manage health & safety effectively
  • understand the importance of competent duty holders cooperating, communicating and
  • coordinating health and safety throughout the whole project
  • recognise the need to appoint competent health and safety assistance, and the limitations of
  • such an appointment
  • identify the basic tools for introducing a proactive health and safety culture into their organisation.

Entry requirements

This course has been developed for directors and senior managers of any organisation size in construction, civil engineering or allied trades, and therefore this should be considered before enrolling delegates on to this course. Delegates must be competent in English at senior management level whilst also being able to demonstrate the following;

1) EITHER previously completed a CITB Director’s Role for Health and Safety course 


working knowledge of the following health and safety legislation;

• Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 

• Employers’ Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969 

• Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 

• Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. 

2) AND Completion of the pre-course eLearning (accessed via Successful completion of this component generates a digital certificate, a copy of which must be sent to us at least 24 hours before the start of the course.

Learner Numbers

The minimum number of delegates per course is 4.  The maximum number of delegates per course is 12.  These are stipulated by the awarding body and are not subject to appeal.


Assessment will be by exam paper, the participation and completion of a case study exercise, and a trainer review.  The examination demonstrates to external bodies that the certificate is only awarded to successful delegates following both an assessment and examination. Delegates are expected to be interactive during the course.

Exam details

The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 15 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course.

The examination pass mark is 80% (20 out of 25).

The paper consists of 10 multiple choice questions and 5 short written and/or matching questions.  Questions can score between 1-5 marks.

The exam paper forms part of the overall assessment as to whether or not the delegate has successfully achieved the Director’s Role for Health and Safety Certificate, and demonstrated knowledge of health and safety management responsibilities and liabilities.

The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within this time.

Delegates are permitted to use Book A – Legal and management: Construction site Safety (GE 700) publication for he last ten minutes of the examination period.

Re-sits Procedure

Where a delegate has achieved 70% in the exercise and trainer’s review, and gained between 72%-76% (18 or 19 out of 25) in the examination, the delegate may re-sit the examination.  This can either be on the same day by resitting a different examination paper (that will be provided) or by resitting the exam by attending another course within a 90 day period (the delegate is not obliged to re-do the day’s course).

The training provider must make arrangements with the delegate and ensure that the same examination paper is not used twice.

Subsequent arrangements will be at the delegate’s own expense.

Should a delegate fail the re-sit, they will be required to take the DRHS course in full again.

When a delegate scores less than 68% (17 correct answers out of 25) in the final examination, the delegate must attend the full DRHS course again before they are allowed to re-sit the examination.

You will receive a CITB DRHS Certificate valid for 5 years.  It takes approximately 6-8 weeks for the CITB to issue certification.

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Course Publication

Book A – Legal and management: Construction site safety     GE 700     Mandatory


Module 1

  • Leadership and worker engagement
  • Health and safety law
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act
  • Plan, Do, Check, Act