Exam Changes For 2019 – CITB Site Safety Plus Courses

Exams ChangesCITB have made considerable exam changes to the Site Safety Plus courses.

CITB has implemented exam changes with the new CITB scheme rules in January 2019. Take a look below at the changes the CITB have made to each course.

If you or your workers are looking to attend a CITB course this year you will need to read this important information.

The Major Course Changes

The exam pass rate has now increased on all the main Site Safety Plus courses (not including Temporary Works Coordinator, Temporary Works Supervisor and SEATS). The delegate must now get 80% of their exam answers correct. If they fail the written exam, they can now resit the exam on the same day with a different exam paper. The minimum number of delegates needed to run an SSP course was six delegates. If you are running an SMSTS, SMSTS Refresher, SSSTS or SSSTS Refresher; you will now only need four delegates. If you are running a CITB Health & Safety Awareness or a Directors Role for Health & Safety you will only need three.

CITB Health & Safety Awareness Exam Changes

CITB Health & Safety Awareness

In the CITB Health & Safety Awareness, delegates can no longer use their books during the whole exam.

The HSA course has now introduced elements of mental health awareness and environmental awareness in the course content.

The final exam now includes the introduction of three safety critical questions. The delegate must answer these safety-critical questions correctly to pass the exam. The three safety critical questions will feature as the first three questions of the exam and will focus on key topics such as:

  • Working at heights
  • Asbestos awareness
  • Site transport safety

CITB has also reviewed and updated exam papers and assessment criteria.

SSSTS Exam Changes

The course content has also been updated on the Site Supervisors course. The SSSTS course content now contains mental health awareness and environmental issues.

The trainer will also assess the delegates through a new scenario-based exercise in which the delegates will have to conduct a method statement and risk assessment.

The CITB has replaced the case study that features within the course content with three site drawings and associated tasks. The delegates can use them throughout the course.

The new exam doesn’t just feature the usual multiple-choice questions. CITB has now added written and image questions to the final exam.

The SSSTS exam contains four safety critical questions that will feature the first four questions of the exam and will focus on key topics such as:

  • Working at heights
  • Asbestos awareness
  • Site transport safety
  • Respiratory hazards

The CITB has also revised and updated the scheme of work and exam paper wording.

SMSTS Exam Changes

The Site Managers exam, like the others, has added environmental issues and mental health awareness to its content. The exam now contains five written questions to go with the multiple-choice questions. Five of them will be safety-critical questions.

Directors Role for Health & Safety Changes

CITB Directors Role for Health and Safety Course

The DRHS course has had its content overviewed and updated. The course now contains revised content and a scenario exercise which is completed in two parts. After the course, each delegate will leave a skills matrix and an action plan. These documents are provided to help improve the site safety of your own business.

To find out more about the CITB scheme rules take a look here.

This information is correct as of 09/12/19 and will be updated accordingly.

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