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How Do I Become a Site Manager?

A Site Manager is a person who is in charge of a construction site.

Site ManagerThe Site Manager is in charge of monitoring operations on-site. They ensure that tasks are completed safely, effectively and within the constraints that have been set.

Depending on the size of the site, the Site Manager’s role may vary. A Site Manager may have full responsibility for a small construction site but may have control of one part of a much larger site. In these circumstances, they will usually report to someone higher such as a Project Manager or Senior Site Manager.

How to become a site manager?

There are several ways of becoming a Site Manager. One way is to work your way up through the ranks. You may start as a Trainee, or an Assistant Site Manager to gain experience?. By doing this, you can work your way through the roles on-site to increase your understanding of supervising and managing a construction site.

If you are a university graduate, you will need a construction-related degree. Degrees relating to construction management, construction project management or civil engineering are ideal. Many Site Managers would look to achieve a CIOB membership; this is something you gain whilst on the job.

It’s all about filling your CV with relevant experience. Taking graduate schemes, work experience or sponsorship to help build your skills will be highly beneficial. If you are starting in the role, gaining experience at a small construction company can be a good “foot in the door” opportunity.

Another route to becoming a Site Manager is to attend the relevant training courses. By attending training courses, you will be able to gain the knowledge to become more competent in the role. It is highly advisable that you gain the basic qualifications that every Construction Site Agent should have; the First Aid at Work and CITB SMSTS course.

What is SMSTS?

The CITB SMSTS course is delivered over five days of training. It’s suitable for site managers or aspiring site managers that are responsible for factors on site such as organising, monitoring, controlling and planning groups of staff working on a construction site.

By completing this training, you will be able to administer a health and safety culture throughout your workforce.

Can I attend an SMSTS course near me? 

Yes! We run the CITB SMSTS and CITB SMSTS refresher courses via public and in-house. This means that you can attended a public classroom course near you, or an online course over Zoom. If you’re a company looking to put multiple delegates onto either of the courses, we can deliver this as an in-house course at a venue of your choice or as an online course too.

Book or enquire about the CITB SMSTS.

Book or enquire about the CITB SMSTS Refresher.

What does the SMSTS course involve? 

Some of the topics the SMSTS course covers includes…

  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • The Protective Equipment Regulations 1992
  • Construction hazards
  • Occupational health
  • Risk assessments and risk management

During this course, you are tasked with presenting to the other delegates on the course and will sit an examination.

Find out more and view full list of topics covered.

How long does the SMSTS last?

Depending on whether you choose the SMSTS, SMSTS Day Release or SMSTS Refresher determines how long the training course will last.

The SMSTS course is delivered in a block over five days, whereas the SMSTS Day Release is delivered one day a week for five weeks. Choosing the SMSTS Day Release may be beneficial if you are struggling to find time to be off site for five consecutive days.

The SMSTS Refresher course is for those who have already completed either the SMSTS or SMSTS Day Release and need to refresh their certificate as it is due to expire. The SMSTS 2 day refresher course requires proof of your in-date SMSTS certificate. If you certificate has expired, you will need to complete the full SMSTS course again.

The CITB SMSTS and CITB SMSTS Refresher certificates expire after five years.

Black CSCS Card

NVQ Level 6 Black Manager Card

If you want to demonstrate your ability further, you may want to obtain the CSCS Black card. To do this, you need to complete a higher qualification; the NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management.

It is a good idea to implement your own training plan. This will help you track the areas you need to gain experience in to make sure your resume is the best it can be. Also, throughout your day to day work; keep working hard and take on as much responsibility as possible. Hopefully, one day you will eventually have all the attributes to become a Site Manager.

If you have any questions about how you gain the above qualifications, contact us here. If you would like to book a course online visit our book a course page here.

How Much Does A Site Manager Earn?

The average salary for a Site Manager is around £50,000 depending on experience, location of the work and skill.

How Do I Become a Construction Site Supervisor?

Alternatively, if you are looking to become a Construction Site Supervisor, take a look at our blog, which will advise you on the skills, qualifications and experience you will need here.

Should I Attend The Site Managers or Site Supervisors Course?

Project Management Job Roles in The Construction IndustryThe Site Manager course is more in-depth than the Site Supervisors course and covers all the health and safety aspects of that specific role.

The SMSTS looks at the regulations and laws surrounding construction management and how to work within HSE’s good practice. In comparison, the CITB SSSTS course is a much more dialed down version of the course. The CITB has tailored the course for new managers who need to understand their responsibilities when supervising a site.

A Site Manager would attend an SMSTS to gain the relevant qualifications for their role. In contrast, those attending SSSTS would attend the course as a pathway to achieving an NVQ Level 3/4 in Construction Site Supervision. Once you have gained the relevant experience in the future, you will then attend the Site Managers training.

Career Opportunities from the SMSTS course

Have you ever thought about enrolling in an SMSTS training course but have been unsure of the career opportunities available following completion?

Career Opportunities from SMSTSThe SMSTS course is a highly recognised qualification in the construction industry; and therefore is ideal for pursuing many career paths. Here are just some examples of the employment opportunities available when you have the SMSTS qualification:

Site Manager

The UK construction industry recognises the SMSTS as a vital qualification. If you want to work in the industry as a Site Manager, you need to attend. Without this qualification, the likelihood of you holding any role as a construction manager is very slim.

Construction companies always need a person who is competent with health and safety on-site. Someone with the SMSTS qualification is precious to a workforce in helping to reduce construction industry-related accidents and potential legal action as a consequence.

In this role, you would be employed to prepare and deploy the site facilities before a project and confirm that they reconcile with the agreed specifications, timescales and budget, as well as monitoring work.

The personal qualities an employer looks for in this role is a leader who is capable of motivating a team and dealing with problems efficiently. It is also vital that you have your Black Manager CSCS Card and the First Aid at Work certificate.

Assistant Site Manager

An alternative career path for those with less experience is working as an Assistant Site Manager. This jobs entails supporting the Site Manager with the coordination of health and safety and reporting any health and safety issues.

It would help if you worked with the Site Manager to delegate tasks to each other; the assistant tends to work physically on the site a lot more than the manager does. So tasks such as inspecting scaffolds and logging activities on-site would be much better suited to this role.

Site Foreman

A Site Foreman may also require the SMSTS certificate. The Foreman is responsible for ensuring that site workers are following work procedures properly and safely. The Foreman assigns and prioritise tasks to the workforce and work closely with both the construction workers and upper management. A Foreman will monitor the site and report with feedback.

The Site Foreman makes sure that all current and new workers have a clear understanding of all safety rules. Due to the nature of the role, you will need to have strong people and organisational skills; as well as plenty of experience in this field of work.

3B Training delivers an SMSTS training course in all of our venues throughout the country on a five-day block and a day release basis.


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