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CITB SMSTS Refresher Course

SMSTS refresher is a two-day training course you can use to renew your SMSTS qualification. This course will bring your health and safety knowledge up to date, and teach you the recent developments in the industry.

This refresher knowledge will give you the latest tools needed to continuously maintain a safety culture in your workplace. You can choose to take the CITB SMSTS refresher course online or in the classroom.

The SMSTS refresher course is only meant for delegates that have attended the five day CITB SMSTS course, and passed it. Therefore, you will need to provide proof of passing the course, and hold a valid SMSTS certificate.

Why Take the SMSTS Refresher Course?

It is beneficial to attend the Refresher to renew your SMSTS certificate, rather than completing the full five days. This will also result in you spending more time at work.

What does the SMSTS Refresher Course Involve?

This two-day SMSTS Refresher course covers the following topics (for the full list of topics covered in this course, keep reading):

  • Leadership styles and the role of a manager
  • Health & safety and the legal system in the UK
  • Risk assessments, working at heights hazards and scaffolding types
  • First Aid provision


This course can be delivered in the following ways:

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3B Training offers Online Learning courses.

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. To access the course, delegates must join the course using the link provided. However, they will need a computer or laptop with a screen, camera, microphone and access to the internet to attend this course online.

The course content is the same as the classroom course, only delivered by a trainer 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 downloadable pdf. Like the classroom course, we have multiple course dates available to book online or over the phone for this course.

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3B Training Public Classroom

Classroom delivered SMSTS Refresher courses are available as public courses in all of our training venues. This course is delivered by a CITB trainer in a classroom of up to 20 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.

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3B Training can deliver courses for a group of your employees in-house at your site or venue of your choice.

Whether it is 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.

It can be delivered at a site of their choice, and delegates can interact and discuss company-specific examples during the training. 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.

Benefits of this SMSTS Refresher

  • Helps you to implement the latest guidelines to your workforce
  • Endorsed by BuildUK
  • You gain the latest legislative changes and how this affects your workplace.
  • Gives you the knowledge to fulfil your responsibilities and empower your workforce.
  • CITB Site Safety Plus accredited

The content covered in this course will refresh your knowledge of health and safety and your responsibilities as a Site Manager. It will also update you on any changes with legislation and how that impacts your role.

We will revisit material from previous SMSTS courses, but we also introduce new subjects into the content.

The SMSTS Refresher course will cover:

Day 1

Health and 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 and Safety and the legal system in the UK: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASWA), and executing Health and 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 Regulations 1998, and Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 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 multiple-choice examination.

The course was very informative and engaging.
Dean Conder


  • How long is this SMSTS Refresher course?
    How long is this SMSTS Refresher course?

    This CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS-R) is a two-day course delivered over consecutive days. This equates to 17.5 hours of training.

  • Why should I take this SMSTS Refresher course?

    It is beneficial to attend the Refresher to renew your SMSTS certificate, rather than completing the full five days.

    This will also result in you spending more time at work.

  • Is this SMSTS Refresher course accredited?

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

    After successfully passing the course, you will receive an updated SMSTS certificate. The certificate once again will have a lifespan of five years.

  • Is this SMSTS Refresher course CITB Grant claimable?

    Yes, companies who are CITB registered can claim for each delegate who successfully pass this course.

    You can find the list of short courses and the grant amounts you can claim here: CITB Grant Value for Short Courses.

  • Is there a grace period on my expired certificate?

    No, once your certificte has expired you have to sit the initial 5 day course again, or ask CITB for a certificate extension.

  • I have lost my CITB certificate, how can I find out the expiry date?

    You can go onto the CITB Card Checker and obtain it from there.

  • Do I have to be a Site Manager to attend this SMSTS Refresher course?

    You do not need to be a Site Manager to attend the training, but it is advised that you are working in a relevant role to attend.

  • How long is the SMSTS certificate valid for?

    The SMSTS is valid for five years, and must be renewed through the SMSTS Refresher course before the certificate expires.

Next Available Course Dates - CITB SMSTS Refresher Course

Next Available Course Dates - CITB SMSTS Refresher Course

  • Blackburn

    3B Training
    Unit 6
    Point 65 Business Centre,
    Greenbank Way,
    BB1 3EA

  • Derby

    23 Royal Scot Road
    DE24 8AJ

  • Doncaster

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    Durham Lane
    DN3 3DY

  • Leeds

    25 Bradford Road
    LS27 7HN

  • Leigh

    Unit 5
    English Street Business Park
    English Street
    WN7 3EH

  • Liverpool

    Partnership for Learning
    South Road
    L24 9PZ

  • Manchester

    The Forum
    Tameside Business Park
    Windmill Lane
    M34 3QS

  • Tamworth

    93C Lichfield Street
    B79 7QF

  • Wigan

    Stratus House
    Swan Lane
    Hindley Green
    WN2 4EY


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