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CITB Site Management (SMSTS) 5 Day Course

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CITB Site Management (SMSTS) 5 Day Course

Who should attend?

Those who would benefit from the course include 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.


The Site Management Safety Training Scheme course is delivered over five consecutive 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 that 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.


TALA Training delivers the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course at our fully equipped venues in Manchester and Glasgow over five consecutive days. Delivering the course in this way maintains continuity and flow, in addition to maximising a delegate’s comprehension and participation. However, day release, comprising of 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 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 - without full attendance the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Certificate will not be awarded. In order to achieve the necessary learning objectives to qualify for the certificate, attendees must attend the days in order, in accordance with the course programme; if this is not possible the delegate must enroll 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 enroll 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 Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course, written and selected by Site Safety Plus. It forms part of the overall assessment as to whether or not the delegate has successfully achieved the Construction Site Manager’s Safety Certificate. The candidate should demonstrate 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%.