CITB Site Management (SMSTS) 5 Day Course


The SMSTS course is designed to cover all relevant legislation and other aspects which affect 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 among the workforce.

Build UK (formerly the United Kingdom Contractors Group - UKCG) recognises this SMSTS course as meeting the required standard for all managers working on all their sites.

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Who should attend?

Site managers, agents and persons who are, or are about to be, responsible for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering groups of staff and workforce would benefit from the SMSTS course.


The SMSTS course lasts 5 days.

Aims and Objectives

The SMSTS course aims to help site managers, agents and supervisors to:

Manage health and safety on site in accordance with current legal provisions, and within the context of their management or supervisory role
Develop an understanding of responsibilities and accountability for site health, safety and welfare
Recognise a safe site is efficient, economical and productive.


On successful completion of the SMSTS course, delegates will be aware of, and able to:

Implement all health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation which affects them during their daily work
Implement new guidance and industry best practice
State their duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment.


In order to maintain continuity and flow, and to maximise a delegate’s comprehension and participation, the favoured method of delivery is to hold the course over five consecutive days. However, day release, comprising one or two days per week for up to a maximum of five weeks, is an acceptable alternative.

Where courses are interrupted, for example by Bank Holidays, this time period may be extended to seven weeks.


Delegates MUST bring some form of photographic ID along on the day of the course. Where identification is not provided, attendance will be refused.

Delegates are required to attend all sessions, since without full attendance the Construction Site Manager’s Safety (SMSTS) Certificate will not be awarded. Delegates must attend the days in order, in accordance with the course programme, to achieve the necessary learning objectives to qualify for the certificate.

If this is not possible the delegate must enrol on a new course and retake the full five-day SMSTS course. However, if this is not possible due to extenuating circumstances (for example bereavement or certified illness), the delegate may enrol on a new course to complete the missing days ensuring that they maintain the correct sequence of days, training and exercises.

Delegates unable to complete the course due to certified sickness or extenuating circumstances must complete the course within 90 days of the last day of attendance.

End-of-Course Examination Rules 

The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 25 multiple-choice questions covering all aspects of the SMSTS course, written and selected by CSkills Awards. It forms part of the overall assessment as to whether or not the delegate has successfully achieved the Construction Site Manager’s Safety Certificate and demonstrated both knowledge of the relevant statutory provisions and the application of management, in respect of health and safety issues.

The examination demonstrates to external bodies that the certificate is only awarded to successful delegates following both an assessment and examination. The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within this time. Delegates are permitted to use the Construction Site Safety (GE700) publication and the XA6 Course Notes for the last ten minutes of the examination period. The examination pass mark is 72%.