Choosing a CITB course - how to pick the one that is right for you.
The first of the Site Safety Plus CITB courses
is called Achieving Behavioural Change (ABC). This course is a short, one day course with a focus on encouraging change on construction sites. The aim of the course is to encourage a positive attitude in workers, helping preserve their health and safety. The course is not role specific so anyone working within construction can attend.
Probably the most heavily subscribed of the CITB courses
is the SMSTS 5 day course. This is the Site Managers Safety Training Scheme course. It is designed to instruct site managers in their legal, ethical and managerial responsibilities. It can be run over five consecutive days (Known as a block course), or one day a week, over five weeks (Known as a day release course). SMSTS courses are made up of two key elements. The first is the knowledge and understanding, including legislation that managers need to know. The second part focuses more on management skills and includes how to deliver tool box talks and deal with difficult people, whilst in the role.
The next option from the range of CITB courses
is the SMSTS refresher. This is a two day course. Candidates can only complete the SMSTS refresher if they have completed the full five day course. This two day course is designed to ensure managers keep up to date with any changes in construction legislation and practice. Its key benefit is that managers get to save time and money in comparison to completing the full five day courses again. A word of warning though! Candidates can only complete the course if they are within the 5 year and 6 month validity period that the CITB have set.
The Health & Safety Awareness course is another of the CITB courses
that delegates can choose from. This course is designed for those who are just starting their construction careers. Running over a single day, the course provides a comprehensive overview of health and safety issues within the construction industry and how to remain safe while doing an effective job.
The SSSTS course is often confused with other CITB courses
, especially the SMSTS course. The SSSTS course is two days in length and is designed particularly for supervisors. It covers their responsibilities, how to protect the safety of their team and how to supervise effectively. The biggest change in recent times is that the CITB are planning to launch an SSSTS refresher course in the style of the SMSTS refresher.
The Site Safety for Shopfitters and Interior Contractors course is one of the rarer options. It runs over three days and is designed specifically for the shop fitting industry, covering the legal issues particular to that line of work.
The PMSTS course is much like the SMSTS course as it runs over five days and is designed for those in a managerial position. The PMSTS is focused around the responsibilities of those in charge of maintaining plant and managing teams of plant workers. As the risks when working with plant equipment are so high, the course covers risk assessments, control measures and promoting positive attitudes to health and safety within their teams.