CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

The Site management safety training scheme (SMSTS) is a five-day course designed for site managers, or aspiring site managers. It is designed for those with responsibility for managing, monitoring, implementing and reporting in a construction environment.

The course covers relevant health, safety and environmental 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 among the workforce.

Course Duration

This is a five-day course. Delegates are required to complete the full course (37.5 hours) to be eligible for certification. This can be delivered in a five-day block or 1 day a week over 5 weeks.

We also offer weekend courses for those who aren’t able to take time out of work. This will be covered over three consecutive weeks.

Course Content 

  • 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.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered in either a classroom or virtually. For classroom courses, this can be at our site or yours.

We use a range of delivery techniques to provide a highly interactive course taught through case studies, classroom discussion, group work and individual or group presentations. There will also be some self-study outside of the course.

Entry requirements

  • To be able to read, write and understand English to a good level. Please contact us if you have any concerns in this area
  • If you need to re-sit the test, you must do this within 90 days of the original course date at an additional charge
  • You will need to provide a valid ID on the first day of the course, such as a copy of your passport or driving licence.

How much does it cost?

The cost of this course is £500 plus VAT per person.


You must contribute throughout the full 5 days of the course and deliver a project to the rest of the group.

The exam paper consists of 25 questions;

Part A;

  • 18 multiple choice questions worth 1 mark

Part B:

7 questions worth 2 marks, 3 different types of question

  • Multi response questions requiring two answers
  • Fill in the blank questions
  • Free text questions

You will have 35 minutes to complete the test and the last 15 minutes are open book (GE700 may be used).

Please note

You must renew this qualification every five years by attending and passing the 2 day SMSTS refresher course. You need to do this before your certificate expires or you will need to re-take the full SMSTS course.

How do I book the SMSTS course?

Contact the office by email at

If you have any questions or need help, feel free to contact with our team, or you can call us any time 07341 490 419

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