Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Fulfil your health, safety, welfare and the environment duties and responsibilities

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.

The SMSTS course is endorsed by Build UK as the standard training for all construction managers

Who is the course suitable for?

There are no formal entry requirements, however, delegates should hold, or be about to hold, the role of a site manager. Previous health and safety knowledge is recommended.

Those without previous health and safety management experience are recommended to sit the two-day SSSTS course. Delegates must be competent in written and spoken English necessary for operating efficiently at site management level.

The course is intended for project managers, site managers and site supervisors as well as proprietors of small to medium sized companies. Possession of the CITB SMSTS qualification is a requirements on all major construction sites as a demonstration of competence in the role of site manager

Course Duration

Our classroom based course will take place over 5 days.


The SMSTS training course covers  modules:

Module 1 – Legal and management

Module 2 – Health and welfare

Module 3 – General safety

Module 4 – High risk activities

Learning outcomes

The key learning outcomes covered by the SMSTS classroom course are as follows: 

  • Managing on-site safety in accordance with the law.
  • Managing on-site safety in the context of your management or supervisory role. 
  • Developing an understanding of your responsibilities for site health, safety, and welfare. 
  • Recognising that a safe site is efficient, economical, and productive. 

At the end of the training programme, you will able to: 

  • Understand all health, safety, welfare, and environmental legislation that affects your daily work. 
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practices. 
  • State your duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare, and the environment. 


To successfully achieve the course, delegates must:

  • Complete all four core exercises
  • Pass the trainer review and
  • Pass the end of course exam

The trainer review focusses on the candidate’s contribution and behaviour during the five days, and includes three elements: 

  • The candidate’s performance in group exercises. 
  • Candidate engagement — providing answers/suggestions during the course. 
  • Core exercises completed — the candidate must prepare and deliver four core exercises around specific areas of site health and safety. 

You won’t receive a course certificate without full attendance. Anyone unable to complete the course due to sickness or other circumstances must enrol on a new course and attend all five days again.

Next steps

SMSTS candidates should refresh their knowledge every five years with the SMSTS Refresher course.

Booking Options

Classroom Learning

at our centre in Liverpool
£ 395 + vat
  • Get away from the workplace
  • Face-to-face support with highly experienced tutors
  • Network and interact with fellow delegates


run at your premises
£ 1,100 excludes CITB fees
  • Study alongside colleagues and learn together
  • Classroom or blended learning from home
  • Course customised to your workplace

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