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What does SSSTS stand for?

SSSTS stands for ‘Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme’.

This 2-day CITB SSSTS training course is a Site Safety Plus accredited qualification for construction site supervisors. We offer both the in person (classroom) and online SSSTS courses. This site supervisor safety training is a requirement set out by Build UK (previously known as UKCG) for all supervisors who will be working on their sites. The SSSTS training and qualification is endorsed as the standard for all supervisors working on Build UK sites.

Construction skills and construction safety need to go hand in hand and made a priority to encourage improved work skills and reduced accidents and injuries. Not only is SSSTS training a must put in place by Build UK, it is also ideal if you’re looking to take on a supervisory role within the construction industry and to increase your understanding of health and safety.

What’s included in the SSSTS course?

The SSSTS course content focuses on the importance of risk assessments in construction sectors. It also focus on how to implement control measures on site and how to use communication to ensure a site will remain safe for everyone. The CITB SSSTS course content works on monitoring the control measures and making sure that the work is carried out correctly and follows the advice and guides set out in the risk assessments.

The topics covered in the SSSTS course include:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act, Regulations and the Approved Codes of Practice and Guidance Notes
  • The H&S Legal System
  • Causes, types and the numbers of construction accidents
  • Risk Assessments in all manner of construction circumstances such as:, working at height, demolition, occupational health, fire, electricity, confined spaces and the control of contractors

The SSSTS course provides you with the skills required to identify problem areas found within construction industries. It will help you to understand and appreciate proactive and reactive monitoring. It teaches you how to conduct risk assessments and recognise the importance of method statements. How to have an understanding of the way the health and safety laws are structured. Finally, you’ll learn the skills needed to perform on-site inductions, method statement briefs and conduct toolbox talks.

All CITB SSSTS courses on our website include access to CITB Site Safety Plus Publications. Delegates are usually given the option of taking away training materials in the following formats:

  • hard copy workbooks
  • CD
  • access to a materials online
Confirmation will be provided via the joining instructions issued following receipt of full payment. Please check at the time of booking as to whether or not current hard copy publications are included in the cost.

SSSTS Course Online vs. In Person


The SSSTS course is available in a traditional classroom setting. This in-person training is scheduled regularly in towns and cities throughout the UK. In-person SSSTS courses are delivered at dedicated training centres, hotels and other suitable venues. The course takes place over 2-days—approximately 15 hours of training. In person courses are generally more expensive than online courses due to venue hire, instructor travel costs and other associated costs.


The SSSTS 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 2-days—approximately 15 hours of training. The online course covers the same content as classroom training. Online courses are generally cheaper / more cost-effective due to zero venue costs, reduced instructor travel & expenses etc.

SSSTS Courses Near Me

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

Course Requirements

You must have a good understanding of written and spoken English. Translators are not permitted to attend. If you need to re-sit the exam must do so within 90 days of the original course date at an additional charge. You will need Photographic I.D, such as a copy of your passport or driving licence. Written parental consent is required if you are under 18 years of age.

Failure to provide the above on the first day of the training is likely to result in you not being allowed to attend or complete the qualification.

Who should attend?

The CITB SSSTS course is designed for first line managers looking to continue or take on a supervisory role within the construction industry. The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme should be attended by construction workers and team leaders with supervisory responsibilities and therefore legal responsibilities.

How long is a SSSTS course?

The SSSTS course is 2-days in duration.

SSSTS Assessment

Is there a test for SSSTS?

SSSTS assessment is continuous throughout the course via individual and group exercises. A SSSTS test at the end will prove the knowledge learned during the 2-days. The SSSTS test is in the form of a multiple choice CITB examination paper.

How many questions are on the SSSTS test?

The SSSTS test consists of 25 questions. Four of the questions will be safety critical and will require a short written answer. Safety critical questions are worth 1-3 points each and multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each.

How do I pass the SSSTS course?

To pass the course successfully and receive a SSSTS certificate you will be required to answer all of the safety critical questions correctly.

What is the pass rate for SSSTS?

The SSSTS pass mark is a score of 80% (24 out of 30).

Do I need to revise for SSSTS?

No. the 2-day training will prepare you for the SSSTS test.

SSSTS Certificate

If you successfully complete the Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme you’ll receive a CITB SSSTS certificate to prove that you’re able to help supervise in construction environments and have understanding when it comes to workplace safety.

How long does it take to get your SSSTS certificate?

You will receive a CITB SSSTS certificate within 6-8 weeks.

How long does your SSSTS certificate last?

After 5 years, the SSSTS certificate expires; you will need to attend the 1-day SSSTS Refresher course before your certificate expires to renew.

How do I check my SSSTS certificate?

To check the validity of your certificate, you can access the online-card-checker and enter at least two items of information, alternatively you can contact the CITB or the training provider.

How do I get a replacement SSSTS certificate?

If you need to replace you SSSTS 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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Further Study

Successful candidates can go on to complete the 5-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS). The training is designed for site managers and supervisors. Alternatively, you may consider progressing onto the NVQ Level 4 Construction Site Supervision.

Prior Studying

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

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Can I Do a SSSTS Course Online?

You can study the SSSTS course online using a live instructor, we sometimes refer to this as ‘virtual online training’. You can also attend a SSSTS Refresher online, both of these courses are scheduled regularly just like in-person classroom courses. The SSSTS online course is delivered in an engaging format, to ensure that you acquire the relevant site supervisor safety training and knowledge. 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 SSSTS 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 supervisors are kept up to date.

Study the SSSTS Online Using Video Technology

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

What’s Different About the Online Course?

  • Minimum delegate numbers for the online course will be reduced to two.
  • To manage the remote training effectively, the maximum number of delegates allowed to attend will be reduced to ten.
  • To obtain site supervisor certification you must pass the relevant CITB examination.
  • An alternative exam method will be in place.
  • Identification will be checked prior to the exam 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.

What Remains the Same?

  • The course duration is 2-days, however, due to the delivery by online learning the course may be split and completed over more than two days plus examination time.
  • Delegates are required to attend and complete the full course duration to be eligible for certification.
  • Attendees will need to show understanding of the main elements and pass the core exercises.
  • You must not use any reference material until the last 10 minutes of the exam, which is the open book session.
  • Passing the exam will qualify the individual for the CITB SSSTS certificate in construction site supervising which is then valid for five years.
  • To obtain site supervisor certification you must pass the relevant CITB examination.

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