How do I become a Construction Site Supervisor?

There are many routes you can take to become a qualified Construction Site Supervisor.  

However, they all contain one vital part – the training. The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is run over two days and is accredited by CITB. It is specifically aimed at those who hold or are looking to progress to a supervisory role.

What is a Construction Site Supervisor?

A Construction Site Supervisor manages work activities on a construction site. Day-to-day a Supervisor would organise, plan and control projects. They would also have a range of health and safety duties that they must adhere to throughout their work.

What happens on an SSSTS Course?

SSSTSThe course gives delegates an understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues.

The tutor makes sure that the delegates are aware of the legal duties related to their work. It will also cover the need to promote health & safety on site and how to supervise properly. The course also aims to ensure that the delegate knows why they are carrying out their duties. The delegates will learn how to promote health and safety on site.

The SSSTS Course Exam

The delegates take an exam at the end of the training. The exam contains  25 multiple-choice questions. these questions form the basis of the test. On completion of the course, the tutor will tell the delegates whether they have passed and will receive their certificate within 6 to 8 weeks.

Site SupervisorAfter completing this course, delegates will be able to understand the current issues of the industry. The course also covers how health and safety law is structured and how it applies to supervisors. They will also be able to identify how their role fits in with managing the site safely. The delegate will also learn how to carry out risk assessments and understand the need for method statements. As well as how to, carry out effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings.

Delegates will also gain the knowledge to be able to carry out risk assessments and understand the need for method statements. They will also be able to carry out effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings.

Construction NVQs

If you would like to demonstrate your competency further you may want to obtain a Gold Supervisor Card. The Gold CSCS Card is highly recognised in the industry and can be gained through an NVQ Level 4 in Construction Site Supervision.

Site Supervisor Experience

You must earn your stripes in the construction industry beforehand. You cannot simply walk into a Site Supervisor job without getting your boots dirty. Prior experience with tools, building materials and site processes are vital traits to have. A good number of Supervisors have worked their way up by working at a trade or as a site worker.

Skills and Knowledge

You will also need certain personal skills to be able to do the role well. Employers will require leadership and teamwork qualities as you will be the line manager of workers on-site. You must have good knowledge of construction and the construction process. Managers above you will put you under pressure so you need to be able to take criticism and pressure well.

Becoming a  Site Supervisor through University 

If you currently are in education and the role appears to you, you could take a degree through university to get there. A qualification in construction management, civil engineering, engineering or surveying should equip you for the role.

If you would like to find out more about what the role entails take a look at our blog “What does a Construction Supervisor do?“.

If you are looking to become a Site Manager take a look at our blog on the skills, experience and qualifications you need to become one here.


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