Exam Changes For 2018 – CITB Site Safety Plus Courses

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

The exam changes have come with the new CITB scheme rules that were implemented in January 2018. Take a look below at the changes that have been 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 & Exam 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). In order to pass a course, you must now get 80% of your answers correct compared to the 18 out of 25 you needed to get in the past.

If you fail the written exam, you can now resit the exam on the same day with a different exam paper.

If you are a trainer provider, this point will be highly relevant to you. As you know the minimum number of delegates needed to run an SSP course was six delegates. This has now been reduced; if you are running an SMSTS, SMSTS Refresher, SSSTS or SSSTS Refresher; you will now only need four delegates to run the course. 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 Changes

CITB Health & Safety Awareness

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. These safety-critical questions must be answered correctly to pass the exam.

SSSTS Changes


The course content has also been updated on the Site Supervisors course. The updated content also 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 SSSTS exam will contain four safety critical questions which must be answered correctly to pass. The new exam doesn’t just feature the usual multiple-choice questions. Written and image questions have now been added to the final exam.

SMSTS Changes

Career Opportunities from SMSTS

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 accompany the multiple-choice questions with five of them being 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 accordingly. The course now contains revised content and a scenario exercise which is completed in two parts. After the course, each delegate will leave a tailored skilled matrix and action plan. These bespoke 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 30/01/18 and will be updated accordingly.

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