Safety Training for Site Managers
The CITB SMSTS course, or the Site Management Safety Training Scheme is a five day course provided by tutors to over ten thousand people each year. The training is ideal for those in any role of responsibility within the construction industry, or for anyone looking to become a site manager in the future. This course is strongly regarded as one of the best ones available and provides you with a thorough health and safety training background within the current legal guidelines.
Construction Site Management and Legal Responsibilities
Construction site managers and supervisors have a legal duty to ensure the health and safety of their fellow workers and the public. Not only are there laws and regulations to adhere to, there is a moral duty to do all that is possible to prevent accidents and injuries onsite. Therefore training is a necessity and a requirement. Attending the training can show you comply with the laws and prepare you to manage a safe site at all times.
SMSTS Course Content
When studying the course content you will be taught how to work and manage following the regulations stipulated by the Health and Safety at Work Act. Some of the areas which are covered during the five day training course include:
- Risk Assessments
- Method Statements
- Confined Spaces
- Site Set Up
You will be required to attend all five days of the course in order to be awarded the qualification. During the 5-day training delegates will need to show understanding of the main elements and pass the core exercises. At the end of the training you will be required to sit a final examination, passing the exam will mean you qualify for the certificate which is then valid for five years.
All training materials will be provided during the course. Dependent on the accredited training provider, delegates will be given the option of taking away course materials in the following formats - hard copy workbooks, CD, or access to an online version.
Staying Fresh With the SMSTS Refresher
After the five years it is necessary to return for a two day SMSTS refresher course to make sure you are still up to date with the latest health and safety regulations. By passing and maintaining your training you are able to prove that you are complying with the demands and laws regarding construction health and safety. In the event your current certificate has expired you will be required to attend the full five day course again.
5 day SMSTS training courses are considered to be an indication of the competence of a Site Manager according to the Approved Code of Practice for the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM). The training is also ideal for Site Managers as well as:
- Proprietors of Construction Companies
- Project Managers
- Site Supervisors
Will I Be Issued With a SMSTS Card or a Certificate?
Upon successful completion of the training the CITB do not issue an SMSTS card, however an official CITB accredited certificate will be provided within a couple of weeks. It must be stressed to all course attendees the need to attend all sessions since without full attendance the examining body will not award the CITB certificate.
If I Pass the Course Can I Apply for SMSTS Jobs?
The site manager safety training scheme is a sought after qualification by employers operating within the construction industry sector. Many construction jobs and positions of responsibility now ask for the nationally recognised certificate. SMSTS jobs and positions which require this certification include Construction Site Manager, Groundworks Manager, Site Agents, Assistant Site Managers, Section Engineers and project Managers.
Alternatively, if you are a supervisor looking for jobs in the construction sector or requiring appropriate safety training you can complete the 2 day site supervisors safety training scheme (SSSTS) designed for site supervisors.