CITB Courses

SMSTS Refresher

The CITB SMSTS Refresher is a two-day training course used to renew your SMSTS qualification without reattending the full five-day course. The SMSTS course is more in-depth than the Site Supervisors (SSSTS) course and demonstrates how to meet the ever-increasing need for proof of proper health and safety management on site.

  • CITB Site Safety Plus accredited.
  • Only two-days of training.
  • Highly recognised qualification.
  • Renew your SMSTS certificate.
  • Lower price than the full SMSTS course.
  • Can be attended online or in the classroom.
  • BuildUK approved course as the standard training for all construction managers.
  • CITB Grant Claimable.
  • Valid for five years.
SMSTS Refresher

SMSTS Refresher course content

The content covered by the course will refresh your knowledge of site health & safety and your responsibilities as a Site Manager. It will also update you on any changes with legislation and how that impacts your role. Material from previous SMSTS courses will be revisited, but new subjects will be introduced into the content.

The SMSTS Refresher course will cover:

Day 1

Health & safety; facts and figures, accident prevention.

Health and Safety and The Manager; types of work, range of activities, the role of a manager, and the results of failing to manage health and safety.

Health & safety and the legal system in the UK; Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA), and executing health & safety Legislation.

Risk assessments and risk management; quantitative/qualitative, assessing risks, The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, and control measures.

Health and Safety Management Systems; HSG65, the benefits of good health and safety, and Do, Check, Act.

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

RIDDOR; reporting injuries and the types of injuries.

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

Day 2

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

Various legislation; COSHH Regulations; Noise at Work Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regs. 1998, and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regs. 1998, Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992, and Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.

Construction hazards; Safety signs, fire safety, confined spaces, excavation.

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

Assessment: The tutor will assess the delegates throughout the training. On the final day, you also must present in front of other group members and complete a 25 question examination.

How long is an SMSTS Refresher course?

This is a two-day course delivered over consecutive days. This equates to 17.5 hours of training.

The two days of training are used to update your knowledge on content that you learned on the full SMSTS course previously and educate you on any new changes. On this course, you will spend less time away from work and won’t have to cover the five-days of content that you already know.

Why should I take this course?

People who have a valid SMSTS certificate, who need to complete a Refresher before their SMSTS expires, should attend this course.

It is beneficial to attend the Refresher to renew your SMSTS certificate, rather than completing the full five days. By doing so, you are spending three days less away from your work and will also be financially better off because the course is cheaper.

It is important to keep your health & safety knowledge up to date so that you are continuing to work safely and in line with current legislation.

CITB SMSTS Refresher entry requirements

To attend the course, first of all, we need a copy of your in-date SMSTS Refresher certificate. You cannot attend the Refresher course with an expired SMSTS certificate; you will have to attend the full SMSTS instead.

We also require that you understand, write and speak English well. The SMSTS Refresher course is highly interactive and requires you to get involved with discussions and activities. Not only do you need to understand the tutor and content fully, but it’s also in the scheme rules, and failure to reach the level we require will have you removed from the course.

Photographic ID and your national insurance number must be provided on the first day of the course. It’s a quick precaution that we take to ensure the correct person is attending the course.

To attend the online SMSTS Refresher course, you must have access to a computer or laptop that uses a microphone and webcam. Without the correct equipment, you won’t be able to take part properly or complete the exam within the rules.

Is this course accredited?

Yes, this course CITB accredited, part of the Site Safety Plus suite of courses.  SSP is identified nationwide as a provider of high-level courses for people who are looking to improve their skills in building, civil engineering and allied industries.

Where can I complete this course?

This course can be delivered via both classroom-based or Online / Remote Learning.

Public Classroom Courses

Classroom delivered SMSTS Refresher courses are available as public courses in all of our training venues. This course is delivered by a CITB tutor in a classroom of up to 12 delegates. Individuals and companies can book spaces on the range of SMSTS refresher courses we have available either over the phone or online via our website.

All of our upcoming Site Manager Safety Training Scheme Refresher are available to view live here.

Remote Learning

Remote Learning SMSTS Refresher courses allow delegates to attend their 2-day refresher course from home or the workplace. This removes the effort and cost of travelling to attend a course in a classroom. These courses are delivered via a virtual classroom on Zoom. All delegates need to do to attend is log into the classroom on the courses start time with a device connected to the internet. The device must have a camera, microphone and screen to attend.

The course content is the same as the classroom course only delivered by a tutor live over video rather than face-to-face. Delegates will still be able to interact with others during the course and will attend the exam online. All course materials are accessible; the only difference is that they come in the form of a downloadable pdf.

Like the classroom course, we have multiple course dates available to book online or over the phone for this course.

In-house Courses

Whether it’s in the classroom or remote learning, we can also arrange for the SMSTS Refresher to be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your company. In-company training is a popular option for larger clients as it can be delivered at a site of their choice, and delegates can interact and discuss company-specific examples during the training. To be able to run an in-house course, we need a minimum of 4 delegates and no more than 12 delegates. To enquire fill in our in-house enquiry form on this page; we provide all of our quotes on a case by case basis depending on location, delivery type and delegate numbers.


Further development

When you have complete the course, your SMSTS certificate will then be renewed. The certificate once again will have a lifespan of five years. You will need to reattend this course before your certificate expires to renew the qualification.

The next step for a Site Manager in terms of qualifications would be obtaining the Black CSCS Manager Card. This can be attained by completing the NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management. The SMSTS certificate can play a part in completing the Level 6 NVQ as it will cover various evidence requirements needed to pass.

Further qualifications also include the NEBOSH Construction Certificate; this will help develop your knowledge of construction health and safety further. This course is the correct route to take if you are looking to be a safety & health practitioner in the future.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim £60 for each delegate who attends the course. To claim the grant, they must include their CITB levy number and company name on the delegate information form. This needs to be completed at least on the first day of the course if not before.


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