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Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS): FAQs

Is the SSSTS course right for you? It can be challenging to find a course that best benefits your career path.

The Site Supervisor Training Scheme (SSSTS) is commonly known to benefit supervisors within construction.

We have put together a comprehensive guide to SSSTS.

For those who may have heard of SSSTS but know little of it, or those planning to attend an SSSTS course, keep reading…


Site Supervior on a construction site using SSSTS course knowledge

What is SSSTS?

SSSTS is an acronym for Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme.

This training targets Site Supervisors within the construction industry.

The course is structured to provide essential knowledge regarding health and safety regulations, risk assessments, safe work practices and effective site supervision techniques.

Like many training courses, the SSSTS aims to make the Supervisor more competent in their role.


Is SSSTS a good qualification?

Yes, the SSSTS qualification is highly recognised in construction and is a good qualification for individuals who require it for their role.

This qualification boosts career prospects if you’re looking to progress your career into a supervisory role or upgrade to a more senior management role.

Qualifying demonstrates that you have good health and safety knowledge making you a valuable asset to the business.

Some employers might also specifically look for construction site supervisors who hold this qualification when recruiting.


Do you need CSCS to do SSSTS?

Although a CSCS card is not a requirement to attend a CITB SSSTS course, most construction sites will require you to hold a CSCS card to gain access to them.

This is to prove that the delegate has the appropriate training to work on a construction site.

The SSSTS course is also not accepted as a route to get a CSCS card.


Is the SSSTS course difficult?

If you intend to take the SSSTS training you might want to know how difficult it is and what your chances are of passing the course.

It is possible for anyone with knowledge at all levels to pass the SSSTS course but there are some things that might help.

The exam is multiple-choice and has a total of 25 questions selected by the CITB covering a range of topics from the course.

The percentage you require to pass the CITB SSSTS exam is currently 80%, this means you need to receive 24 marks or over to pass the examination.

It might help to pass the CITB SSSTS exam if the individual has previous Site Supervisor knowledge or experience in health and safety on a construction site. However, this is not mandatory as all the topics needed are covered in the CITB SSSTS course.


How to pass the SSSTS course?

Here are a few tips that may help you gain your SSSTS Certificate.

Attend the SSSTS course – Attend the course and be present throughout the sessions. Actively listen to what the trainer is telling you because their goal is to help you to pass.

Make notes during the course – During the SSSTS course you can bring a notepad and pen to make notes. Depending on your individual learning style this might help you to retain information and would come in handy for you to refer back to.

Engage in sessions – At 3B Training, we believe there is no such thing as a bad question and asking more questions might help you understand something you didn’t previously. By discussing things as a group you might even learn something or relate to another delegate’s experience.

Understand your learning style – Not everyone learns the same way! This is why is it important to understand whether you are a visual, auditory, kinesthetic or read/write learner.

Stay calm – During the exam, you might feel anxious but the best thing you can do is try to stay calm and remember what you’ve learnt. You can do this by pacing yourself, trying relaxing breathing exercises and correcting your posture.

With these tips, you are sure to get the best out of the CITB SSSTS course and be on the right pathway to pass.


What SSSTS jobs are available?

Once the SSSTS course has been completed and passed it will open up an abundance of opportunities within construction.

Here are some pathways you can consider once you have completed your SSSTS course:

Site Supervisor – With the SSSTS course you can complete your day-to-day tasks as a respected Site Supervisor.

Management – The Site Supervisor Training Scheme certification opens pathways to progress to a managerial role.

Site Inspector – Since the SSSTS gives individuals knowledge about health and safety practices, having completed the SSSTS course will surely support the career pathway towards a Site Inspector role.

Contractor – It is possible to work as a Contractor and provide skills they’ve obtained as a Site Supervisor to projects.


Overall, the SSSTS course is worth it.

The course can lead to you being more efficient and aware of your health and safety responsibilities.

It can have great benefits for your career and open up further opportunities.

Learn more about this course and improve your site supervisory skills by booking on our SSSTS course page.


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