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SMSTS or SSSTS: Which Is Right for Me?

If you’re a Site Manager or a Site Supervisor, let’s get the building blocks in place for a successful CITB Site Safety Training Schemes with the SMSTS and SSSTS courses!

Besides having frustratingly similar and lengthy names, the two courses we’re going to talk about are highly important for keeping up with today’s health and safety regulations.
Both the SMSTS (Site Managers Safety Training Scheme) and SSSTS (Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme) are accredited by the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board), meaning your site managers and supervisors will come out with a qualification that will meet the required standards for their positions on site. Both courses have multiple methods of delivery, so there’s always going to be something right for you and your business.

We offer these courses via our Training Partnerships across the UK

What do these courses involve?

The key areas of the safety training schemes, and their refreshers, are designed to guide candidates into being safety conscious and efficient in their roles – while also providing them with the relevant tools and knowledge to actively make their working environments safer for everyone.

  • Understanding the relevant legislation for their position
  • Establishing effective communication techniques on site
  • Understanding their health and safety responsibilities and how to establish a culture of health and safety on site
  • Breaking down new guidance and best industry practice
  • Effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings
  • Monitoring site activities effectively
  • Timely intervention when bad practice is identified

SMSTS Site Managers Safety Training Scheme

For site managers, there are two options:

  • Standard delivery – this is a five-day course which is done consecutively, at your choice of one of the many training venues across the country
  • Day release – the same five days, but done over 5 weeks so your managers can still be there for their team, whilst getting this essential training.

Both of these options can also be done online as a virtual course so you can attend from the workplace or home.

For full course details visit our training page

SSSTS (Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme)

Supervisors have a two-day course, which is done consecutively at one of the many training venues across the country or can be done online from the workplace or home.

For full course details visit our training page

Refresher Course

All qualifications have a lifespan of 5 years and need a refresher to make sure you are working to the current Health and Safety standards. The refresher for the SSSTS is one day, and the SMSTS is 2 days and providing these are completed before your current qualification expires, you can easily keep the qualifications valid and everything running smoothly!

Much like the previously mentioned varieties of delivery, refreshers are also offered as online training.

Contact our training team directly to discuss your Refresher Training

Improve your knowledge of construction practices and build new skills

Why train with us?

Training is an essential part of sound health and safety management. This is why we provide a wide range of courses to support organisations in achieving this.

We can deliver a very wide range of training courses in a variety of ways. We can help, whatever your training requirements, including forming a training schedule or delivering bespoke courses aligned perfectly to your individual needs.

If you are interested in these or any of our other courses, please email our Training team at or call the team on 01427 420 405 to discuss your requirements.


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