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SMSTS Day Release

SMSTS Day Release is a five-day training course delivered one day a week for five weeks. This course is designed for site managers who control and organise groups of staff in their workplace.

This SMSTS Day release course will explain how to maintain good health and safety management on site. This is important for the site’s workers safety, health and welfare.

Also, with the knowledge you gain, you will be able to keep your workers safe from site accidents through effective leadership. As one of our top CITB training courses; this course should be the first course you attend if you are a site manager, or aspire to become one.

This SMSTS Day release course covers the following topics (for the full list of topics covered in this course, see the dropdown below):

  • Leadership styles and the role of a manager
  • Health & safety and the legal system in the UK
  • Risk assessments, working at heights hazards and scaffolding types
  • First Aid provision
  • Asbestos risks
  • Occupational health in the workplace

Benefits of this SMSTS Day Release Course:

  • You achieve a highly recognised certificate, that is valid for five years
  • It is endorsed by Build UK
  • Gives you the tools and knowledge to be able to implement a health and safety culture within your workforce
  • Ensures that you are managing a safe site at all times
  • A flexible course spread over five weeks
  • CITB Grant Claimable
CITB SMSTS Day Release is a five-day training course delivered one day a week for five weeks.

SMSTS Day Release course content

The SMSTS day release course provides you with an in-depth understanding of how to maintain good safety and health management on site.

With this knowledge, you will be able to manage your workforce more effectively.

The content covered by the course includes:

Day 1

Health and safety: accident prevention, facts and figures.

Health and Safety and The Manager: the role of a manager, leadership styles, types of work, range of activities, and the consequences of failing to manage health and safety.

Health and safety and the legal system in the UK: The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA), and Implementing Health and Safety Legislation.

Day 2

Working at Height Regulations 2005: risk assessments, working at heights hazards, scaffolding types, scaffold inspection, safety provisions (ladders, harness, fall arrest).

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015: the construction phase plan, key regulations changes, and information on duty holders.

The Protective Equipment Regulations 1992: reducing the risk,  harmful substances, eye and skin protection.

RIDDOR: reporting injuries and the types of injuries.

First Aid Provision: first aid staff, first aid equipment, and the HSE recommendations.

Day 3

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, COSHH Regulations; Noise at Work Regulations, and Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

Asbestos: Who is at risk? What is it? Asbestos-related diseases.

Waste and environmental management: dealing with construction waste, and the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Risk assessments and risk management: evaluating risks, qualitative/quantitative, and control measures.

Day 4

Various legislation: Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998.

Construction hazards: underground and overhead services, excavations, electricity at work,  confined spaces and fire precautions.

Occupational health: drugs and alcohol
in the workplace and mental health awareness.

Day 5

Assessment: You are evaluated on your engagement during the training and your performance on the four core exercises of the course. The four exercises include:

  • Implementing health and safety legislation
  • Managers and supervisors responsibilities
  • Construction site briefing
  • Construction site layout

On the last day, you also must present in front of other group members and complete a 25 question examination.

How long is this course?

The course is delivered over five days but spread over five weeks, rather than the usual block release.

Usually, the course is scheduled on the same consecutive day each week, e.g. every Monday for five weeks. The five days add up to around 37.5 hours of training.

The day release format is ideal for those who find it hard to spend five days in a row away from work. You also have more time to revise the course content at home in between sessions, so if you prefer to learn this way, the SMSTS day release might be for you.

Why should I take this course?

Site Managers, Site Supervisors, Project Managers, proprietors of SME’s, and client-based personnel who already or are going to manage a construction site should attend this course.

If you are currently completing a Site Manager’s NVQ, this course can also as part of your evidence for the qualification. Therefore supporting your application for a Black Manager CSCS Card.

This course is seen as a vital qualification for site managers to have by employers. The qualification shows that you have the relevant health and safety knowledge for your role. The information you gain from the course can be easily applied to your day-to-day work and help make you a better site manager.

Entry requirements

The main requirement is that you can speak, understand and write English well

Failure to meet these requirements will have you removed from the course. Not only is it the scheme rules, but it is important that you can understand the tutor and the resources well enough to pass the course and to conduct your role safely.

To attend the course, you must also hold or currently hold a construction manager type role

If you are looking to complete the qualification but aren’t in a managerial role, you may want to complete the SSSTS course instead?

You must provide a photographic ID and your national insurance number on the first day of the course

We need to know that it is you attending the course and not someone else in your place.

To attend the Online Learning course

You must have access to a computer or laptop that uses a microphone and webcam. The above requirements are vital to getting the most out of the course and completing the exam within the scheme rules.

Is this course accredited?

This course is CITB accredited and part of the Site Safety Plus suite of courses. SSP courses are the UK’s most recognised construction health and safety qualifications.

When you have completed the course, you will receive your certificate within 6-8 weeks. The certificate will expire five years after course completion.

To renew your SMSTS qualification, you need to attend an SMSTS Refresher before the certificate expires. Otherwise, you will have to complete the full course again.

How is this course delivered?

This course can be delivered in the classroom or as an Online/Remote course.

Public Classroom Courses

This course is available in our training centres throughout the UK. The tutor delivers the course in a traditional classroom format to up to 12 delegates at a time.

The SMSTS day release format is favourable to companies who prefer not to have a Site Manager off-site for a whole five days in a row. It also allows delegates more time to revise and do their work at home and manage work commitments simultaneously.

We have multiple public dates available to book throughout the year. Classroom courses can be booked over the phone or online by delegates themselves or companies booking on behalf of their employees.

Remote Learning

The Remote Learning SMSTS Day Release offers even more flexibility than the classroom course. Delegates don’t even need to be off-site to attend the course; they can log in from the site via a computer or laptop.

The course is hosted on an online virtual classroom using Zoom. To access the course, delegates must join the course using the link provided. However, they will need a computer or laptop with a screen, camera, microphone and access to the internet to attend this course online.

The tutor will deliver all the same content as the classroom-based course, and delegates can still interact with fellow delegates and the tutor over webchat and video. Delegates are provided with a downloadable digital copy of the coursebook, and the final exam is completed online.

We have multiple dates for the Remote Learning course available to book online or over the phone.

In-house Courses

If one of our public course dates doesn’t fit in with a clients schedule, we can arrange an in-house course specifically for their delegates.

This course can be delivered in the classroom or remotely whenever they please within the 5 weeks. To deliver an in-house directors course, there must be a minimum of 4 delegates and no more than 12.

We price each in-house course on a case by case basis; the price may vary depending on location, delivery style and delegate numbers.

If you would like us to quote, complete the in house training enquiry form on this page, and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass this course.

You can find the list of short courses and the grant amounts you can claim here: CITB Grant Value for Short Courses


How to become a site manager?

Having experience in a supervisory role is an important step to take in becoming a site manager.

This SMSTS day release course will help you with the knowledge to become a good site manager. This course is the standard training for all construction site managers.

Can you stagger the dates of this SMSTS Day Release course?

Yes, as long as the training is delivered over a 5 week period from the start date.


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