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What Does SMSTS Stand For?

SMSTS stands for ‘Site Management Safety Training Scheme’. The SMSTS course is a qualification created by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to establish a clear industry-wide standard for the management of health and safety on construction sites. The qualification is part of the Site Safety Plus scheme. We offer both the in person (classroom) and online SMSTS course.

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme is regarded by many as the best construction safety management qualification available. The site manager education is delivered to over ten thousand people each year.

As a construction site manager, project manager or supervisor you have a legal duty to ensure the safety and health of fellow workers and the public. There are construction health and safety regulations with which you are required to adhere. You have a moral duty to do all that is possible to prevent accidents and injuries on construction sites. Site management safety training is a necessity and a requirement. Attending and successfully completing the CITB SMSTS course shows you comply with these laws and regulations.

The SMSTS is Approved by Build UK

BuildUK approves the CITB SMSTS course as the standard for all construction managers and project managers.

What’s Included in the SMSTS Course?

The main focus of the classroom and online SMSTS course is how to conduct a risk assessment. The SMSTS training course syllabus focuses on learning how to work and manage following the regulations which are stipulated by the Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA). Topics which are covered include planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering:

The CITB SMSTS training course advertised on our site includes access to the CITB Construction Skills publication / Workbook GE700. Dependent upon which CITB accredited training provider your SMSTS training course is delivered by, you will be given the option of taking away training materials in the following formats:

  • hard copy workbooks
  • CD
  • access to materials online
We’ll confirm this in your training course joining instructions, these are issued following receipt of your SMSTS course payment. Please check at the time of booking if hard copy publications are included in the cost.


In Person SMSTS Course

The SMSTS course is available in-person in a traditional classroom setting. This in-person training is scheduled regularly in towns and cities throughout the UK. Delivered at dedicated training centres, hotels and other suitable venues. Takes place over 5-days—approximately 37.5 hours of training. In person SMSTS courses are generally more expensive than online courses due to venue hire, instructor travel costs and other associated costs.

SMSTS Courses Near Me

We make it easy to book, find and compare SMSTS courses near you. You can attend the course online or in a traditional classroom setting. SMSTS courses are scheduled in most major towns and cities throughout the UK.

SMSTS Course Requirements

You will be required to attend all 5-days of the SMSTS course. It must be stressed that you need to attend all sessions. Without full attendance the examination body (CITB) will not award the certificate. You will need to show understanding of the main elements and pass the core exercises to prove your competence. At the end of the training you will be required to site a CITB examination.

Who should attend?

SMSTS training is ideal if you are in a position of responsibility within the construction industry. The training is targeted at construction workers such as site managers and proprietors of construction companies, project managers and supervisors.

Is the SMSTS course difficult?

Most people who attend the SMSTS course are successful in completing the training and gain the qualification. The CITB SMSTS test is considered demanding, however if you prepare for the exam correctly you can make things it much easier for yourself. Past SMSTS exam questions are not available, course providers are forbidden from sharing past exam questions under the Site Safety Plus Scheme rules set by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Additional Requirements

  • Photographic I.D. will be required.
  • Written parental consent will be required if you are under eighteen years of age. Failure to provide this on the first day is likely to result in not being allowed to attend.
  • You must have a good understanding of written and spoken English. (Please note that translators are not permitted to attend).


The SMSTS training course is tested via individual and group exercises.

How many questions are on the SMSTS test?

The CITB examination paper consists of 25 questions. 5 of the questions will be safety critical and will require a short written answer. Safety critical questions are worth 1 to 3 points each and multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each.

What is the pass mark for SMSTS?

You are required to answer all of the critical questions correctly. The SMSTS pass mark is now 81% (26 out of 32).

Is the SMSTS exam multiple choice?

Testing of the knowledge learned is in the form of a multiple choice CITB examination paper.

How long is the SMSTS exam?

The exam is 35 minutes long. For the last 15 minutes of the exam delegates will be allowed to refer to the GE700 workbook/publication.

SMSTS Certificate

If you pass the exam you will qualify for the SMSTS certificate. The CITB will issue your certificate within six to eight weeks. Your Site Management Safety Training Scheme certificate will then be valid for five years.

The certificate achieved upon successful completion of this training is an indication of the competence of a site manager according to the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for the CDM Regulations.

How long does your SMSTS last?

Your SMSTS lasts for 5 years. After 5 years you will need to renew your qualification by attending a 2-day SMSTS Refresher. This will ensure you are kept up to date with the latest health and safety regulations. By passing and maintaining your certification you are able to prove that you are complying with the laws and regulations. In the event your current SMSTS certificate has expired you must attend the full 5-day course again.

How do you check your SMSTS certificate?

To check the validity of a certificate holder, you can access the online-card-checker and enter at least two items of information.

How do I get a replacement SMSTS certificate?

If you need to replace you certificate you will need to contact the CITB and ask for a replacement. Please note that the CITB may charge for a replacement certificate.

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SMSTS Course Locations

You can view the entire list of SMSTS courses in the UK.

Prior Studying

No prior studying is required to attend, however the 1-day health and safety awareness course for site workers and the SSSTS course for supervisors provide a good foundation and understanding of health and safety on construction sites.

Further Studying

Delegates who would like to continue their professional development should consider completing the NEBOSH Construction Certificate or Construction NVQ.


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Can You Do SMSTS Course Online?

You can do the SMSTS course online, via video conferencing. The online SMSTS course is designed to maintain a level of training for Site Managers during extraordinary circumstances. If you have arrived here looking for a SMSTS course online or online SMSTS Refresher qualification, you’ve come to the right place.

Scheme rules have been implemented by the Construction Industry Training Board as a result of extraordinary circumstances impacting the regular provision of training to the construction industry. This measure is designed to maintain a level of training in the industry for existing Site Managers, ensuring a continued understanding of legislative changes and their impact on the workplace. Both the SMSTS and SMSTS Refresher can be studied online at home or at work.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic SMSTS courses could only be delivered in a traditional classroom setting due to the strict CITB examination conditions required. The CITB has been forced to allow online studying during the lockdown periods and beyond, this ensures health and safety knowledge and qualifications of construction site managers are kept up to date.

What’s Included in the Online SMSTS Course?

The online SMSTS course is delivered remotely using video technology. The training is led by a live instructor/tutor. Online SMSTS training follows the same curriculum as the classroom course and delivers the same standard of training meeting all CITB scheme rules.

Key Features of the online SMSTS course

  • The online SMSTS course format involves studying online over the internet using an up to date PC, laptop or other suitable device.
  • Studying takes place in your own home or at work and is led by a live instructor online.
  • The course takes place over 5-days—approximately 37.5 hours of training.
  • Online SMSTS training follows the same curriculum and delivers the same standard of training meeting all CITB scheme rules.
  • Online courses are generally cheaper / more cost-effective due to zero venue costs, reduced instructor travel & expenses etc.
  • The minimum delegate numbers for the online site management safety training scheme course has been be reduced to two.
  • To manage remote SMSTS online courses effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed will be reduced to ten.
  • An alternative exam method will be in place for the online course.

Online SMSTS Course Requirements

  • Your I.D. will be checked prior to the examination commencing.
  • During the examination, the trainer will invigilate a maximum of 5 delegates.
  • You must show the invigilator that you are alone in the room and you must be visible via the video at all times.
  • You must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.

Reasons to take the SMSTS online

The remote/online SMSTS course provides you with the option to study at work or in the comfort of your own home. Online training is generally more cost-effective for supervisors and managers to acquire the site managers qualification.

Below are some reasons why it is crucial to have a good knowledge base through achieving the qualification:

  1. Correct health and safety procedures can help you to avoid an accident in the workplace that could have serious negative consequences such as injury, illness or death. Read our post on health and safety procedures – the biggest mistakes managers make.
  2. You will be able to avoid expensive legal fees and fines because you will be covered for liability if an accident does occur.
  3. Accidents, damage, work absences and downtime can have a seriously negative effect on the profits of your business. Proper health and safety training will help you to avoid this.
  4. Workplace accidents will also have a negative effect on your reputation. This will make it more difficult to hire great talent and to build relationships with other companies. No one will want to work with you or work for you if you are seen to be carrying out your operations in an unsafe way.
  5. Employee morale can also be negatively affected by lack of health and safety training. When things are unsafe and dangerous, your employees will believe that you don’t care about their well-being. When you invest in their safety, you are showing them that you value them.