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What Does SMSTS Stand For?

SMSTS stands for ‘Site Management Safety Training Scheme’. The 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 qualification is part of the Site Safety Plus scheme and covers all relevant legislation.

The CITB SMSTS course is regarded by many as the best construction safety management qualification available. BuildUK approves the SMSTS course as the standard for all construction and project managers. This site management safety training scheme is delivered to thousands of people every 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 which you need to understand and adhere to. You have a moral duty to do all that is possible to prevent accidents and injuries on your construction sites.

What’s Included in the SMSTS Course?

Successfully completing the SMSTS training course shows that you comply with the laws and regulations. The main focus of the classroom and online SMSTS course is risk assessment. The 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). The topics covered in the 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

The SMSTS training course includes access to the CITB Construction Skills publication/Workbook GE700. Dependent upon which SMSTS training provider delivers your course, you’ll be given the option of taking away training materials in hard copy workbooks, CD or access to materials online. We’ll confirm this in your course joining instructions which will be emailed following the receipt of your course payment.

Note: Please check before you book if hard copy publications are included in the cost.


SMSTS Course Online vs. In Person


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.


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.

SMSTS Courses Near Me

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


SMSTS Course Requirements

You will need to attend all sessions over the full five-day SMSTS course. If you fail to attend all sessions the CITB will not award you with the SMSTS 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 sit a CITB examination.

Who should attend?

You should attend the SMSTS training 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.

Is the SMSTS course difficult?

Most people succeed in completing the the SMSTS course and gain the qualification and CITB certification. The SMSTS test is considered demanding, however if you prepare for your examination correctly you will make things much easier for yourself. Unfortunately past SMSTS exam questions are not available, training providers are forbidden from sharing past exam questions under the Site Safety Plus Scheme rules set by the Construction Industry Training Board.

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 SMSTS test consists of 25 questions. Five of the questions will be safety critical and you will be required to provide a short written answer. Safety critical questions are worth 1 to 3 points. Multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each.

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.

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 SMSTS exam is 35 minutes long. For the last 15 minutes of the examination 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. Your certificate will be issued within six to eight weeks. Your certificate 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 two-day SMSTS Refresher course. This will update you with the latest legislations. If your current SMSTS certificate has expired you must attend the full five-day course again.

How do you check your SMSTS certificate?

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

How do I get a replacement SMSTS certificate?

If you need to replace your SMSTS certificate you will need to contact the CITB and ask for a replacement. You may be charged for a replacement certificate.

Customer Feedback

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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 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 also do the SMSTS Refresher online – both of these courses are scheduled regularly just like classroom courses. You can study online from anywhere as long as you have a reliable broadband internet connection and a suitable electronic device such as a modern PC/Laptop or other handheld electronic device.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic SMSTS courses were delivered in-person in a traditional classroom setting due to the strict CITB examination conditions. 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 in-person/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 having zero venue hire costs and reduced instructor travel & expenses
  • 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.