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What Does SMSTS Stand For?

SMSTS stands for ‘Site Management Safety Training Scheme’.

What is SMSTS?

SMSTS is a qualification created by the CITB to establish a clear industry-wide standard for the management of health and safety on construction sites. The SMSTS course is part of the CITB Site Safety Plus (SSP) scheme and covers all relevant legislation.

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme is delivered to thousands of people every year. BuildUK approves the qualification as the standard for all construction and project managers. SMSTS certification is an indication of the competence of a construction site manager according to the Approved Code of Practice (ACoP) for the CDM Regulations.

There are two courses that are part of Site Safety Plus specifically for site managers:

  1. SMSTS – Site Management Safety Training Scheme
  2. SMSTS Refresher

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What’s Included in the SMSTS Course?

The main focus of the SMSTS course is risk assessment. The 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 covered in the Site Management Safety Training Scheme include planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering the following:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act (HSWA)
  • CDM Regulations 2015
  • Risk Assessments
  • Method Statements
  • Scaffolding
  • Excavations
  • Scaffolding
  • Demolition
  • Confined Spaces
  • Site Set Up

SMSTS training includes access to the ‘Construction Site Safety – The Comprehensive Guide (GE700)’ and ‘Construction Site Management Delegate Workbook (XA6-V11)’. Dependent upon which CITB accredited training provider delivers the course, you will be given the option of taking away training course materials in hard copy, CD or access to materials online. We’ll confirm this in your course joining instructions.

If you would like to check if hard copy CITB Site Safety Plus Publications are included in the cost of your chosen course, please call us on 0808 1966 830.

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SMSTS Courses Near Me

It’s easy to find, compare and book SMSTS courses near you. You can attend the SMSTS course online or in-person in a classroom setting. Courses are scheduled in most major towns and cities throughout the UK.

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SMSTS Course Requirements

You will need to attend all sessions of the 5-day SMSTS course. If you fail to attend all sessions the CITB will not award you with the site managers certificate. You will need to show understanding of the main elements and pass the core exercises to prove your competence. You will be required to sit a CITB examination.

Who should attend?

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

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 which you need to adhere to. You have a moral duty to do all that is possible to prevent accidents and injuries on your construction sites.

Is the SMSTS course difficult?

Most people don’t find the SMSTS course difficult and subsequently gain the CITB certification, however the SMSTS test is considered demanding. If you prepare for your exam, it will make it easier. Past SMSTS exam questions are not available, training providers are forbidden from sharing past exam questions under the CITB Site Safety Plus scheme rules.

Additional Requirements

  • Photographic I.D.
  • Written parental consent will be required if you are under eighteen years of age.
  • A good understanding of written and spoken English. (Translators are not permitted to attend).

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The SMSTS is tested via individual and group exercises.

Is the SMSTS exam multiple choice?

Testing of your knowledge learned will be in the form of a multiple choice CITB examination paper.

How many questions are on the SMSTS test?

The SMSTS test consists of 25 questions, 5 of the questions will be safety critical. Safety critical questions are worth 1 to 3 points, multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each. You will also be required to provide a short-written answer.

What is the pass mark for SMSTS?

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

How long is the SMSTS exam?

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

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SMSTS Certificate

You will qualify for the SMSTS certificate if you pass the exam. Your certificate will be issued within six to eight weeks, and it will be valid for five years. SMSTS certification is an indication of the competence of a construction 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. Afterwards you will need to renew your qualification by attending a SMSTS Refresher. The 2-day refresher course will update you with the latest legislations. If your current SMSTS certificate has expired, you need to attend the full 5-day course again.

How do you check your SMSTS certificate?

To check the validity of your SMSTS certificate or another certificate holder, you can access the online-card-checker.

How do I get a replacement SMSTS certificate?

You can get a replacement SMSTS certificate from the CITB, however there may a charge for a replacement certificate.

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Prior Studying

Prior studying is not required to attend the SMSTS, however the basic 1-day health and safety awareness course and the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) provide a good foundation and understanding of health and safety on construction sites.

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Further Studying

If you would like to study further consider completing the NEBOSH Construction Certificate or a related Construction NVQ.

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Can You Do SMSTS Course Online?

You can do the SMSTS course online via video conferencing (remote learning). You can study the SMSTS course online from anywhere as long as you have a reliable broadband internet connection and a modern PC/Laptop or other suitable handheld electronic device.

What’s Included in the Online SMSTS Course?

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

Key Features of the online SMSTS course

  • Study online using a modern PC, laptop or other suitable handheld device
  • Takes place in your own home or at work
  • Led by a live instructor
  • Training takes place over 5-days—approximately 37.5 hours
  • Follows the same curriculum as the SMSTS in-person (classroom) course
  • Delivers the same standard of training and meets all CITB scheme rules
  • Reduced cost due to significantly lower course overheads e.g. no venue hire or instructor travel & hotel expenses
  • Minimum number of attendees is reduced to two
  • Maximum number of delegates allowed to attend will be ten.
  • Alternative exam method
  • Attend the SMSTS Refresher after 5 years

SMSTS Online vs. In-person


The SMSTS online course format involves studying remotely over the internet using an up-to-date PC, laptop or other suitable device. Online studying takes place in your own home or at work and is led by a live instructor. The course takes place over 5-days—approximately 37.5 hours of training. The online course covers the same content as classroom training. Online SMSTS courses are generally cheaper / more cost-effective due to zero venue costs, reduced instructor travel and expenses etc.

In-person (Classroom)

The SMSTS course is available 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. The course 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.


Online SMSTS Course Requirements

  • I.D. will be checked prior to the CITB exam commencing
  • You must show the invigilator that you are alone in the room
  • 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 an open book session.

Reasons to take the SMSTS Course 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 provides you with a more convenient and cheaper way to acquire your CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme qualification.

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

  1. Correct health and safety procedures can help you to avoid an accident at work 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. Avoid expensive legal fees and fines – you’ll be covered for liability if an accident does occur
  3. Accidents, damage, work absences and downtime can have a negative effect on company profits, proper health and safety training will help you to avoid this
  4. Workplace accidents will undoubtedly 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 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 care.

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