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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.

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 is SSSTS course?

The CITB SSSTS course is a health and safety training suitable for those who are supervisors or looking to progress to a supervisory role that work within the construction, building and civil engineering industries.

What does SSSTS stand for?

SSSTS is short for Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme.

What happens on an SSSTS Course?

A variety of topics are covered during the site supervisor course that will allow you to supervise efficiently. Some topics include…

  • Risk assessments
  • Construction hazards
  • Health and welfare
  • CDM Regulations 2015

Find out more about the SSSTS course content, and learn all the relevant legislation affecting safe working in your industry.

Contribution from delegates throughout the course is key, as well as delivering a toolbox talk to the other delegates on the course.

You will also complete an exam at the end of the course. This consists of 30 questions that are multiple choice and set by CITB.

How long does the SSSTS last?

The online SSSTS course and classroom version are both delivered over two consecutive days. A variety of subjects are covered in an engaging and interactive way throughout the course.

If you complete and pass this course, you will gain a certificate that expires about five years. If you need to refresh your certificate, you can do so by completing the SSSTS Refresher course before your certificate expires.

Can you do the SSSTS course online?

Yes, the course is available to complete online via Zoom with a live tutor. To meet the requirements to do the online version of this course, you must use a laptop or computer that has a webcam and microphone.

Upcoming public dates are available to book online, or you can enquire about having it delivered as an in-house course to a group of employees.

SSSTS course near me

This course is also available to complete in the classroom as a public course or at a venue of your choice for a group of employees.

Find out more about the course, such as the SSSTS course price and upcoming dates.

How to get a copy of my SSSTS certificate?

If you complete and pass the CITB SSSTS course, within 6-8 weeks you’ll receive your certificate. This certificate is valid for 5 years.

If you have previously completed and passed the CITB SSSTS course with 3B Training and need a replacement certificate, you will need to request this in writing to [email protected] and the cost is £35+VAT. Alternatively, you can contact CITB directly for a replacement.

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 appeals 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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