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What is the SEATS Training Course by CITB?

Environmental issues are of great importance in today’s world, especially to those who work within the construction industry. The CITB SEATS training course is designed to teach organisations about the benefits of good environmental management as well as demonstrating the process of how workers can take steps to improve their effect on the environment.

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The Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme

SEATS stands for ‘Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme’. When organisations are able to carry out effective environmental management this can bring with it many benefits including cost savings, a good corporate image and the attraction that comes with new investment. This course is aimed at workers who would like to increase their knowledge of quality environmental working practices. It is designed to give an awareness of environmental issues that might have an effect on their organisation.

The environmental awareness course is one day in duration and is suitable for staff that have supervisory or management responsibilities. It will ensure that these managers and supervisors have the basic environmental knowledge that is required by the subcontract chain and will be requested by major contractors. The course also covers all of the environmental aspects of the new touch screen version of the Health and Safety and Environment test. The SEATS training CITB is set up so that participants will learn via case studies and classroom-based tutorials.

CITB SEATS Training Course Content

This SEATS training course content will cover a number of important topics, including:

  • Why it is important to pay attention to environmental issues in the construction industry and why it is necessary to develop environmental management systems
  • Best practice techniques for environmental safety in the workplace
  • Legal compliance for environmental regulations within the construction industry
  • Understanding how each of the these important issues affects how work is carried out on the construction site
  • Techniques for proper waste management within the construction industry
  • Issues related to being a good neighbour, such as heritage, communication, archaeology and statutory nuisance
  • How best to manage energy and resources and use them efficiently
  • Guidance for being a responsible contractor when it comes to environmental issues

These are just a few of the very important topics that are covered in the CITB SEATS training course. Each of the course sessions will end with important dos and don’ts, as well as sources for further information. Course participants are encouraged to ask questions and participate in discussion.

New Legislation for Construction Workers on Build UK Sites

New legislation is coming in to effect from March 2015 for all construction workers on Build UK sites. Build UK are the primary association for construction contractors operating in the UK. The legislation stipulates that all construction workers have to illustrate that they are doing everything they can to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. This will effect all member companies who have to demonstrate they have the environmental knowledge and skills to undertake their roles effectively. One of the training courses to demonstrate this & ensure compliance to the standard is via CITB’s SEATS. This is mandatory to all Build UK sites.

Important Information

  • Photographic I.D. is required for all delegates
  • Written parental consent is required for all delegates under 18 years of age
  • Failure to provide this on the first day of the course is likely to result in the delegate not being allowed to attend or complete the training.

CITB Levy Payers

To allow for the automated process of claiming back the training grant, please ensure that delegates attending courses, take the Levy Number & enter it on the relevant section of the course paperwork. Retrospective claims may not be accepted.

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CITB SEATS Course Online (Instructor-Led Training)

The CITB SEATS online course is instructor-led. This remote learning measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace. The scheme rules have been implemented by the CITB as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of classroom training to the construction industry.

Online Training Using Video Technology

It is permitted to deliver the CITB SEATS online course remotely via video technology solution using a real live instructor/tutor. The training follows the same curriculum as the traditional classroom version of the SEATS course and delivers the same standard of training meeting all scheme rules.

What’s different about the SEATS online course?

  1. The minimum delegate numbers for the course has been be reduced to two. To manage remote online CITB SEATS training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.
  2. An alternative exam method will be in place for any courses that are run remotely/online.
  3. Due to the nature of the examination questions and the open book element, it is compulsory to use an online examination tool. Classmarker or Microsoft Forms are the recommended solutions for online assessment. Classmarker and Microsoft Forms are approved for use by CITB, any other online examination solution must be referred to CITB for approval prior to use, or examinations will be invalid.
  4. Identification will be checked prior to the examination commencing.
  5. During the examination, the instructor will invigilate a maximum of 5 delegates.
  6. You must show the invigilator that they are alone in the room and must be visible via the video at all times.
  7. You must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.

What remains the same?

  1. The aims, objectives and course content of the CITB SEATS online course will be the same as the classroom version.
  2. Course duration.
  3. The certification gained by attending the online version of the course is identical to that which would be attained by attending the traditional classroom course.