CITB Health and Safety Awareness eCourse (eHSA)



Course duration

4 Hours (approx)

Certificate valid for

5 years

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This course is for those who have entered, or are about to enter, the construction and civil engineering industry as a member of the workforce to help them understand the potential hazards that they face at work on site. It aims to provide a practical summary of health and safety, welfare and environmental health and safety issues. This interactive online course can be completed in one go or over a period of days or weeks. You have up to 12 months to complete it. You can also return to the course as many times as you like, as it will remember and track your progress.

CITB Health and Safety Awareness eCourse Overview

This one-day course is designed to aid the understanding of potential hazards the construction worker may face on site. 

It provides a practical summary of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues, identifying the delegate’s responsibility for looking after themselves and others; outlining the employer’s duties; and explaining what should be done if the worker thinks that anyone’s health and safety is being put at risk. 

The course is an ideal foundation for those wishing to obtain an industry accreditation card. 

This course is also an alternative route to the QCF Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a Construction Environment for the CSCS Labourer Card. 

The HSA course provides health and safety awareness and is endorsed by Build UK as standard training for all operatives on site. 

CITB Health and Safety Awareness eCourse Overview Aims and Objectives

To ensure the individual responsibilities are understood: 

  • why they are carrying out their identified roles
  • what is expected of them
  • how they contribute to the safety of the workplace. 

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

  • understand the need to prevent accidents
  • have an understanding of health and safety law
  • identify how their role fits into the control and management of the site
  • understand the need for risk assessments and method statements
  • appreciate the need to perform safely and to stop and ask for advice if not sure
  • report unsafe acts to prevent an accident.

Entry requirements 

Delegates must be competent in English at operative level. The course content is suited to all ability levels. You must also have access to a computer, laptop or tablet that uses a microphone and webcam and has access to the internet (eCourses are not supported on mobile handsets). 

What’s included in the price?

Access to the online course for up to 12 months.

Access to the online publication Construction health and safety awareness (GE707), for up to 12 months. It provides further information to support your learning.

The end of course invigilated examination delivered online (using your own equipment) by our partners Pearson VUE.

Assessment will be by a multiple-choice examination at the end of the course. 

Exam Details 

The examination consists of 25 multiple choice questions with a total score of 30. 

The pass mark is 25 marks out of 30 (80%). 

20 questions are worth 1 mark. 

5 questions are worth 2 marks. 

You will have 30 minutes to complete the exam. 

You will need valid photographic ID (a passport or UK/EU driving licence). 

If you haven’t done so already, we recommend that you test your system using the same network and computer that you will use on the day of the exam. 

If you are aged 16 to 18, your parent or guardian will need to attend the exam check-in process with Pearson VUE.

Successful delegates will be awarded a CITB Health and Safety Awareness Certificate valid for 5 years.


A natural progression from this course would be to attend the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or a Supervisor Specialist Skills course. 

Existing site managers, agents, surveyors and persons holding positions of managerial control should attend the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course. 

Course Publication 

Safe Start Health, safety and environment handbook GE 707.