CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme – Refresher (SMSTS-R)



Course duration

2 Days

Certificate valid for

5 years

Grant Available
Selected Dates

The SMSTS Refresher course is for delegates who have previously passed the full Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course or subsequent refresher course, and can provide proof of attendance.

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.

SMSTS-R Online Training Course – Virtual Classroom

We can deliver this through interactive Video Learning, for those working remotely that wish to achieve their CITB SMSTS-R qualification. 

Evening Courses Now Available via Zoom!

For a SMSTS-R evening course, visit our video conference training page for available dates, or for more information, please contact us on 0115 8970 529 or email [email protected].

SMSTS Refresher Course Overview

The SMSTS Refresher course aims to bring health and safety knowledge up to date, as well as giving a thorough overview of the legislative changes and their impact in the workplace.  The course includes a wide range of topics, many building on the previous five-day course programme.

SMSTS Refresher Aims & Objectives

The SMSTS refresher course aims to:

  • improve awareness of recent developments in construction, legislation and health, safety, welfare and environmental issues
  • identify measures that will assist the practical implementation of responsibilities established by new legislation, and new working practices.

At the end of the period of training, delegates will be aware of, and be able to implement:

  • all updated health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation which affects them in their role as a manager
  • new guidance and industry of best practice
  • their duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment.

Entry Requirements

The SMSTS refresher course is only for delegates who have previously passed the five-day construction Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) or subsequent refresher course, and hold a valid SMSTS certificate.  Evidence must be provided to the training provider of their eligibility.

If a delegate cannot provide a copy of their certificate, the online card checker can be used to establish if a delegate currently holds a valid SMSTS certificate:

If an individual cannot be located on the system and no evidence of their certificate can be found, they will have to attend the full Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.

Failure to attend the refresher course prior to the expiry of an existing certificate will require the delegate to re-enter the scheme by completing the full SMSTS course if they wish to remain in the scheme.

Learner Numbers

The minimum number of delegates per course is 4.  The maximum number of delegates per course is 20.  These are stipulated by the awarding body and are not subject to appeal.


Assessment will be by an exam paper at the end of the course.

Exam details

The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course.

The examination pass mark is 81% (26 out of 32).

The paper consists of 18 multiple choice questions and 7 questions in multi-response or short written format.

The exam paper forms part of the overall assessment as to whether or not the delegate has successfully achieved the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS-R) certificate, and demonstrated both knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions and the application of management, in respect of health and safety issues.

The examination lasts for 35 minutes and must be completed within this time.

Delegates are permitted to use the Construction site safety (GE 700) publication and the XA6 course notes for the last fifteen minutes of the examination period.

Re-sits Procedure

Where a delegate has achieved between 72%-78% (23, 24 or 25 out of 32) in the examination, the delegate may re-sit the examination.  This can either be on the same day or be resitting the exam by attending another course on the final day within a 90 day period (the delegate is not obliged to re-do the course).

The training provider must make arrangements with the delegate and ensure that the dedicated re-sit examination paper is used.

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

Should a delegate fail the re-sit, they will be offered to take the full SMSTS course again.

When a delegate scores less than 69% (22 correct answers out of 32) in the final examination, the delegate must attend the full SMSTS course again before they are allowed to re-sit the examination.

You will receive a CITB SMSTS digital PDF Certificate valid for 5 years.  It takes approximately 5 working days for the CITB to issue certification.

To ensure you keep your qualification valid, you must attend the 2 day SMSTS Refresher course before the expiry date of your SMSTS certificate (there is no grace period available).

CITB Online Card Checker

CITB Site Safety Plus certificates awarded will be visible on the online card checker once the course paperwork has been processed.

CITB courses

Course Publications

Construction Site Safety                GE700                                     mandatory


Module 1

  • Health and safety law
  • The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations
  • Health and safety policies
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Induction and training
  • Effective communication
  • Leaderships and worker engagement
  • Inspection and audit
  • Statutory forms, notices and registers
  • Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation

Module 2

  • Management of health
  • Welfare facilities
  • Stress and mental health at work
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Control of substances hazardous to health
  • Lead
  • Asbestos
  • Dust and fumes
  • Noise
  • Vibration
  • Manual handling

Module 3

  • Site organisation
  • Fire prevention and control. Dangerous substances
  • Electrical safety
  • Temporary works
  • Plant and work equipment
  • Mobile plant and vehicles
  • Lifting operations and equipment
  • Mobile workforce and driver safety

Module 4

  • Work at Height Regulations
  • Safe working at height
  • Common access equipment
  • Scaffolding
  • Fall arrest and suspension equipment
  • Excavations
  • Underground and overhead services
  • Confined spaces