CITB Courses


The CITB SMSTS or Site Management Safety Training Scheme course is a 5-day training course for construction professionals. It is more in-depth than the (SSSTS) and demonstrates how to meet the demand for good health and safety management on site. This course is approved by BuildUK as the standard training for all construction managers.

How long is the SMSTS course?
The course is delivered over five days either as a five-day block or one day a week for five weeks. About 37.5 hours of training.

Who should attend the SMSTS?
Project Managers, Site Managers, Site Supervisors, proprietors of small to medium-sized companies, client-based personnel who already or are going to manage a construction site should attend this course. This course can also be used to support their application for a Black Manager CSCS Card.

Is the SMSTS course accredited?
Yes, this course is CITB accredited, part of the Site Safety Plus suite of courses.

When does my SMSTS certificate expire?
The course will expire five years after completion. To renew, delegates will need to attend an SMSTS Refresher before the certificate expires. Otherwise, they will have to complete the full SMSTS course again.


Delivery Options

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

Public Classroom Courses

Classroom-based SMSTS course can be delivered as a five-day block or as an SMSTS Day Release. Both formats are available in our training venues nationwide. This course is delivered in a physical classroom environment with a CITB tutor and up to 20 delegates.

SMSTS is one of our most popular courses, we have public dates plotted each month throughout the year. Delegates can book for themselves or companies can book on behalf of their employees. You can book one or more places of an SMSTS course over the phone or online. View all our upcoming CITB SMSTS course dates here.

Remote Learning

Remote SMSTS courses are delivered online via a virtual classroom using Zoom. The courses are ideal for busy Site Managers who can’t easily be away from the site for 5-days of external training. The remote element eliminates the need to travel to a physical venue to complete the course. To join the course, delegates have to log in via the link provided through a device with a camera, screen, microphone and access to the internet. After the introduction of Remote Learning in 2020, the delivery method has become extremely popular with busy Site Managers. The course is delivered live by a CITB tutor who covers the same content as the classroom course. Delegates can interact with the tutor and other delegates via webchat or video and will be provided with a downloadable digital copy of the coursebook and the final exam is completed online.

Just like the classroom course, have multiple dates available to book online or over the phone.

In-house Courses

The SMSTS course can also be arranged to be delivered as an in-house course specifically for your delegates. We can deliver an in-house course via remote learning, at one of our venues or a venue of your choosing. In-house training can be delivered on-site, this allows delegates to interact with each other and relate the content to their company processes and discuss them. For us to deliver the course within CITB scheme rules, there must be a minimum of 4 delegates and no more than 20 delegates for a classroom course or 10 for a remote course. We price our in-house courses on a case by case basis. The location, delivery method and the number of delegates will factor on the price of the training. For a quote, complete the in-house training enquiry form on this page and one of the team will be in touch.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for the course. However, delegates must hold, or be about to hold, the role of a construction manager. The main requirement is that the delegate can speak, understand and write well in English. Photographic ID and the delegates national insurance number must be provided on the first day of the course.

To attend the Remote Learning course delegates must have access to a computer, laptop, tablet or phone that uses a microphone and webcam.

Course Content

What does the SMSTS course cover?

The content covered by the course includes:

  • All the legislation that would affect safe working in the construction industry including health and safety law and the duties, responsibilities and sanctions surrounding it.
  • The procedure of an accident occurring on-site and the process following the accident.
  • The importance of risk assessments in the workplace.
  • Executing control measures and effective communication to maintain a good health and safety culture.
  • The health and safety implications of working with scaffolding, electricity, excavations, demolition and confined spaces.
  • Any recent changes in accepted working practices and behavioural safety.
  • Management of health of workers.
  • Development of permit systems and safe systems of work
  • Awareness of human error and controlling the risks.
  • Awareness of an organisation’s responsibilities and duties.
  • Recognising the responsibility of the workforce.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, the delegate will be able to use their new-found knowledge to affect their daily work. This includes implementing health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation and industry best practice. Delegates will also have a better understanding of their duties and responsibilities relating to health, safety, welfare and the environment.

To find out the further benefits of the course, you can visit our blog here.

What is Required to Pass the CITB SMSTS Course?

This delegate is assessed on their involvement throughout the training. On the last day, they must display a presentation in front of other group members and will also complete an examination.

Is this course CITB Grant claimable?

Yes, the SMSTS course is grant claimable. Companies who are CITB registered can claim £120 grant for each delegate. To claim the grant, the company name and CITB Levy number must be included on the delegate information form either at the time of booking or on the day of the course.

Further Development

The SMSTS certificate must be renewed every five years by attending the SMSTS Refresher course.

If you are looking to develop as a Site Manager you may want to complete the NEBOSH Construction Certificate to develop your health and safety knowledge in construction. If you are looking to gain the Black Manager CSCS Card you will need to complete NVQ Level 6 Diploma in Construction Site Management. The SMSTS certificate can play a part in supporting your application.

How do I get a CSCS Black Card?

If you are looking to gain your Black Manager CSCS Card as a Site Manager take a look here for more information on how to obtain your card.


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