Booking an SMSTS course
Step 1: Choosing the course
offer a wide range of courses on their Site Safety Plus Scheme including the Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), the Site Superviors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) and the Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme (PMSTS). Before booking a course, make sure you know which of the courses it is that you or your delegates’ need. For example the CITB
SMSTS and the SSSTS can often be confused by potential delegates. Remember that the SSSTS is specifically designed for supervisors. It is not as detailed as the managers’ course and this is reflected in the shorter course length and smaller price.
Step 2: Numbers and course options.
Once you have established that it is the CITB
SMSTS course that you or your delegates need to do, the next task is to work out how many people need to attend the course. While this seems like a pretty obvious statement, it is worth noting that if you have a group of four or more delegates you can apply for quotations from trainers to come to your location and deliver the course specifically to your delegates. Not only does this cut down delegate travel time and cost, allow you to train a group of people at the same time, but it can also save you money as you pay a one off fee to the trainer, so the more delegates you put on the course, the lower the per delegate price gets! Remember though, that with the dedicated option all your delegates have to be trained at the same time so need to be away from site at the same time. If you cannot spare them all at once, you may wish to consider putting them on separate courses at trainers’ venues, known as an open courses.
Step 3: Timescale and course options.
Once you have established whether to send you delegates on a dedicated or open course, the next step to booking a CITB
SMSTS course, is to decide what timescale you would like the course completed in. If you are looking to get the qualifications completed quickly, the a block course is the most sensible option. Running over five consecutive days, in one working week, delegates attending this type of course are the quickest to complete the necessary hours and learning. Please remember though, because the certificates come from the CITB
, depending on how busy they are, there is a waiting time to receive them of around four weeks.
The second option is the day release course. This suits delegates that have to get their qualification, but still need to be on site for the majority of the time. The course runs over one day a week for five weeks, allowing the required time to be completed, without removing the delegate from their work for an entire week.
Step 4: Contact your online service provider.
Once you have established which course you need, how many will attend, whether it will be an open or dedicated course and whether to complete it as a day release or block course, you can then contact an online service provider. They can then compare locations, prices and dates for you securing you the best deal with the minimum of effort.