CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme - Refresher (SSSTS-R)



Course duration

1 Day

Certificate valid for

5 years

The SSSTS refresher course is for delegates who have previously passed the two-day Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course and can provide proof of successful attendance. Both the SSSTS and the SSSTS Refresher course are endorsed by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) as the standard for all site supervisors. It will provide site supervisors with an update on the latest health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation, as well as legal responsibilities that are relevant to their work activities.

Please note: you must ensure your current certification is in date prior to attending the refresher course.

SSSTS Refresher Online Course

We can deliver this through interactive Video Online Learning, for those working remotely that wish to achieve their CITB SSSTS Refresher qualification. Our SSSTS Refresher online courses are delivered via a zoom virtual classroom by one of our highly qualified and experienced Site Safety Plus tutors.

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.

SSSTS Refresher Course Overview

The SSSTS 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 which have been affected by the changes to procedures built upon the material in the original course.  

SSSTS Refresher Aims & Objectives

Ensure delegates are aware of:

  • Current trends within the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) direction of enforcement
  • Recent developments in construction, legislation, health and safety, welfare and environmental issues
  • Measures that will assist the practical implementation of responsibilities established by new Legislation and working practices.

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

  • All updated health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation which affect their role as a supervisor
  • New guidance and industry best practice affected by changes
  • Their duties and responsibilities with regard to health, safety, welfare and the environment.

Entry Requirements

The SSSTS refresher course is only for delegates who have previously passed the two-day Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course and can provide proof of successful attendance.

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 SSSTS 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 Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) 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 Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) 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 multiple choice questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course.

The examination pass mark is 80% (24 out of 30)

The paper consists of 22 multiple choice questions and 3 short written questions.  There are 4 safety critical questions in each exam paper.  The delegate must get all 4 of these questions correct to pass the exam.  The multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each, whilst written questions can score between 1-3 marks.

The exam paper forms part of the overall assessment as to whether or not a delegate has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of understanding to be awarded the Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS-R) certificate.

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

Delegates are permitted to use Site supervision simplified (GE 706) publication for the last ten minutes of the

Examination period.

Re-sits Procedure

Where a delegate has achieved between 70%-77% (21, 22 or 23 out of 30) in the examination or has achieved the 80% pass rate but failed the safety critical questions, 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 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 offered to take the SSSTS-R course again.

When a delegate scores less than 67% (20 correct answers out of 30) in the final examination, the delegate must attend he full SSSTS-R course again before they are allowed to re-sit the examination.

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

To ensure you keep your qualification valid, you must attend the 1 day SSSTS Refresher course before the expiry date of your SSSTS 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.



A natural progression from this course would be to attend the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) or attend the Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS) which is aimed at supervisor level.

Course Publications

Site Supervision Simplified          GE706           mandatory

Toolbox Talks                               GT700           mandatory (for in-house courses, own company tool box materials may be used)


Module 1

  • Health and safety law
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM)
  • Health and safety management systems
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Statutory inspections and checks
  • Reporting accidents, injuries ad ill health
  • Leadership and worker engagement

Module 2

  • Health and welfare of the workforce
  • First aid and emergency procedures
  • Hazardous substances
  • Asbestos
  • Dust and fumes
  • Noise and vibration
  • Manual handling

Module 3

  • Site set up and security
  • Fire prevention and control
  • Electricity
  • Plant work and equipment
  • Lifting operations and lifting equipment

Module 4

  • Working at height
  • Excavations
  • Underground and overhead services
  • Confined spaces
  • Temporary works

Module 5

  • Environmental awareness
  • Pollution
  • Waste materials
  • Nuisance