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Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Course Description

Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) aims to develop the legal, moral and social duties of being a construction site manager, giving guidance on how to control site activities in accordance with current Health & Safety law.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for construction site managers, agents, quantity surveyors, construction directors and project directors, plus persons who are, or are about to be, responsible for planning, organizing, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff and workforce. This industry-recognized training course is also ideal for companies that need to meet the ever increasing demand for evidence of health and safety compliance. Client-based personnel would also benefit from attending the SMSTS training course.

Possession of the SMSTS qualification is listed in the Approved Code of Practice for the construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations as a demonstration of competence in the role of site manager; proof of in-date certification is often required when completing pre-qualification Health & Safety questionnaires.

Course Content

The SMSTS training course covers the Health & Safety at Work Act and the regulations relevant to the Construction Industry (and other workplaces), including:

  • Site Set Up

  • CDM Regulation

  • Risk Assessment

  • Method Statements

  • Scaffolding Awareness

  • Monitoring Health & Safety

  • Electricity on Site

  • Excavations

  • Demolition

  • Confined Spaces

  • Fire Prevention

  • Construction Health & Safety

  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations

  • Health & Safety Communication and Training

  • Health & Safety Management on Site

  • Management of Contractors


Assessment & Award

Coursework is assessed by the instructor throughout the course, via work produced by syndicate exercises and individual participation. There is also a 30 minute, 25 question, objective multiple-choice examination at the end of the course. Successful candidates will be awarded the CITB Site Managers Safety Training Certificate.


The SMSTS training course lasts five days, 8.30 am – 5 pm daily. This can be delivered as a five Day block or one day a week over a five week period, or any combination of multiple days over consecutive weeks. The SMSTS certificate lasts for five years, after which candidates must sit the Two Day SMSTS Refresher training course to renew the certificate and keep their qualification up to date.


Typical fees for open courses are £450 + VAT per person at our training rooms in Thirsk and £550 + VAT per person in other locations. However, this can vary for in-house courses (dependant on location).

As part of the fees each candidate will receive the Construction Skills GE700 – an up-to-date copy of the Construction Site Safety Manuals (Volumes 1 & 2), currently retailing at £89.50, and the XA6 SMSTS Course Notes, currently retailing at £38.00 and the certification charges at £35. Companies that are eligible for CITB grant refund can claim a grant of £50 per day back for each successful candidate who completes the course.

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