CITB (SMSTS) Site Management Safety Training Scheme

This CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course is for you if you’re considering, or already have, responsibilities for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff e.g. site manager.

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    5 days, Mon 9:00 AM - Fri 4:00 PM
    • £415.00 excl. VAT
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This CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course is for you if you’re considering, or already have, responsibilities for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff e.g. site manager.

It covers all relevant legislation affecting safe working in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It highlights the need for risk assessment in the workplace, the implementation of the necessary control measures and adequate communication to sustain a health and safety culture within the workforce.

The SMSTS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all construction managers.


Continuous assessment and multiple-choice test.

The exam paper is compulsory and consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course. The exam pass mark is 80% (28 out of 35). The paper consists of 20 multiple choice questions and five short written questions. There are five safety critical questions in each exam paper. The learner must get all five of these questions correct in order to pass the exam.

Learning outcomes

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act

  • Construction Design and Management (CDM) Regulations

  • Risk assessments/method statements

  • Recent changes in accepted working practices

  • Behavioural safety

  • Management of occupational health

  • Electricity

  • Excavations

  • Working at height

  • Scaffolding

  • Demolition

  • Confined spaces

Business benefits

  • Understanding of health, safety, welfare and environmental issues on construction sites
  • Implement all health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation affecting your daily work
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice
  • CITB renewable 5-year Site Safety Plus certificate


Unit 1.

  1. Health and safety law – The purpose of health and safety legislation and the different legislative requirements that must be followed to ensure this is achieved.
  2. The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act –  The legal duties of the employer, self-employed and, to a lesser extent, employee, to promote health and safety awareness and effective standards of safety management by every employer.
  3. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations – CDM Regulations that cover the management of health, safety and welfare on construction projects. What they are about, what they require, what needs to be done and by whom.
  4. Health and safety policies – The key principles of a health and safety policy and the organisation’s arrangements for putting those policies in place. The key benefits of the policy, what it should contain and how it should be used.
  5. Risk assessments and method statements – The importance of risk assessments in ensuring a reduction in workplace accidents. Identify the requirements of risk assessments and method statements to be suitable and proportionate to the site specific risks, fully understood and appreciated by the workforce.
  6. Induction and training –  The legal requirements for the provision of information and ensure it is tailored for the audience, understood by the audience and specific to the site. Meet the needs of employee training to maintain competence on site.
  7. Effective communication – The importance of good communication on site with all employees, particularly during site induction, and ensuring safety critical information is conveyed.
  8. Leadership and worker engagement – Principles of leadership and worker engagement to influence good working practices on site.
  9. Inspection and audit – The importance of accurately monitoring, measuring and reporting on health and safety within the workplace. Use reliable information to show health and safety risks are being managed.
  10. Statutory forms, notices and registers – Statutory and non- statutory forms, notices, signs and registers used within the construction industry and the keeping of records and other details.
  11. Accident prevention, control, reporting and investigation – Why accidents happen, the human factors, trends, causes, impacts and preventative measures required, including reporting, and follow through. Factors to consider when developing construction phase plans, safe systems of work, assessing risk, undertaking site inspections and daily health and safety management.

Unit 2.

  1. Management of health – The importance of sustaining good health in the workforce and how to plan and maintain suitable practices to prevent the high costs that work-related ill health causes.
  2. Welfare facilities – The importance of providing suitable welfare facilities and ensure they comply with the CDM Regulations.
  3. Stress and mental health at work – The importance of a positive approach to managing mental health issues and reducing the costs to industry. 
  4. Drugs and alcohol – Identify, manage and support individuals affected by drugs and alcohol and understand the legal framework that regulates it.
  5. Control of substances hazardous to health – The importance of protecting the workforce from exposure to hazardous substances. 
  6. Lead – The implications of lead in buildings, its effect, management and control.
  7. Asbestos – The risks asbestos poses to health, and the legal requirements required to manage that risk.
  8. Dust and fumes – The risks posed by inhalation of airborne particles, how to minimise that risk and protect the workforce. 
  9. Noise – The risks that excess noise can place on the employee and the surrounding area, and how to mitigate and manage that risk.
  10. Vibration – How exposure to vibration can have serious health risks. How to assess and control the risk of vibration through control methods.
  11. Manual handling – How to reduce the risk of injury within the workforce, taking into account the task, environment and control measures.

Unit 3.

  1. Site organisation – The requirements to be considered when setting out a construction site.
  2. Fire prevention and control and dangerous substances – Correct fire planning and dangerous substance control, including safe handling and storage. Procedures to manage hazards and risks.
  3. Electrical safety – Dangers of working on or near to live electrical circuits and good working practices.
  4. Temporary works – Requirements to manage temporary works and ensure they are planned, maintained and removed appropriately.
  5. Plant and work equipment – The importance of control and management of plant and equipment on site. Effective planning, risk assessment, training and maintenance.
  6. Mobile plant and vehicles – Effective planning and control of mobile plant and vehicles. Legal obligations of working with mobile plant on site.
  7. Lifting operations and equipment – Legal requirements for lifting operations, equipment and accessories and the steps required to ensure risks are mitigated, planning is undertaken (including selection of equipment) and the correct training and maintenance obligations are met safely and efficiently.
  8. Mobile workforce and driver safety – Legal framework and guidance that supports the management of health and safety for mobile, lone and out of hour’s workers, and the potential risks and how to control them. 

Unit 4.

  1. Work at Height Regulations Risks surrounding working at height and the plans that must be in place to ensure safety.
  2. Safe working at height – Risks that exist from working at height (such as working platforms, scaffolds, ladders, flat and pitched roofs and any work being carried out near fragile materials, openings, holes and roof edges).
  3. Common access equipment – Health and safety requirements when selecting and using common forms of access equipment.
  4. Scaffolding – Key safety issues that relate to the use of scaffolds, how to manage scaffolding operations and how to assess suitability of erected scaffolds.
  5. Fall arrest and suspension equipment – Fall arrest and suspension equipment.
  6. Excavations – Planning excavations and a safe working practice considering all the elements of the excavation.
  7. Underground and overhead services – Risk factors of working with underground and overhead services, including how to plan the work and manage risk.
  8. Confined spaces – What a confined space is, how to risk assess it and how to work safely.


Who is CITB?

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the industry training board for the UK construction industry. It’s their job to help the construction industry attract talent and to support skills development, to build a better Britain. 

How can I study this course?

We recognise that everyone is different, which is why we offer a choice of study routes. We can deliver the course in your workplace, you can visit one of our training centres or you can complete the course via an online virtual live class.

How long does CITB SMSTS take to complete?

The classroom course is held over 5 days.

Will I be issued with a certificate upon successful completion?

Yes. On successful completion the learner will receive an accredited CITB certificate. The certificate will be forwarded by CITB at a later date. A proof of pass can be immediately provided if required though.


The Site management safety training scheme (SMSTS) course is designed for site managers, agents and persons who are, or are about to be, responsible for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff within a construction environment.

Our Health & Safety Training Managed Service

Our home for CITB (SMSTS) Site Management Safety Training Scheme Training might be in Stoke-on-Trent, but we have upcoming courses running from at least 12 other national locations and with our managed service, if we can’t accommodate you at any of those, no matter what corner of the country you are in, we will do the hard work for you and scour the market. We will work closely with local and national providers on your behalf; whereby we place you at the same cost as if you were buying direct so that you can really rationalise your supply chain and have a single invoice.

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