CITB Training Courses - How many options are there?
If the myriad of CITB training
courses on offer just makes your head spin, read on for the low down on which is the course for you!
Before going into detail on the specifics of each course endorsed by the CITB, it is so useful to remember that all CITB training
course are recognised by the Construction Training Industry Board as reaching the standards necessary to work safely in construction.
The best way to address the issue of picking the correct course for you is to start with the role you are currently doing, or if it is promotion you have in mind, the role you are looking to progress to. There are CITB training
courses for site supervisors, site managers, plant supervisors and site operatives.
If you are working with plant machinery, the courses relevant to you are either the
Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme (PMSTS) or the Construction Plant Certification scheme (CPCS). Plant operatives tend to complete the CPCS training, which allows them to work on UKGC sites. Many operatives opt to gain a red card first by completing some preparation training and then the theory and practical tests. They then go on to work for their blue card (NVQ) within 2 years. However, some operatives do chose to complete the NVQ first, this combined with taking the theory and practical tests allows them to be recognised as competent plant operators straight away.
If you work with plant machinery and are responsible for instructing or managing others, the PMSTS course is a great qualification to have. It covers control of plant safety, how to encourage a positive health and safe attitude in your team and how to spot and manage risk effectively.
It you are working on site as a manger or supervisor then the one of the Site Safety Plus CITB training
courses is a must for you. In fact if you have been working or plan to work on a UKCG site you will probably have been asked to achieve this qualification if you haven’t already.
There are two courses available, the first, which is the two day Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is directed at those with responsibility for a specific team of workers.
The second, the five day Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is aimed at those who take responsibility for running the whole site including meeting the CDM regulations. Once achieved both cards are valid for five years and while the SMSTS can be updated with a refresher course, the SSSTS course must be completed again after this time.
There are also several CITB training
courses for those working in construction in an operative’s role. The foundation level CITB Health and Safety Awareness and the CITB Achieving Behavioral Change course, usually run over 1 day and cover the basic rules of health and safety within construction. There is usually a heavy emphasis on taking responsibility for your own and others safety by remaining alert to possible dangers. These courses also encourage participants to change their behaviour to act in accordance with site safety procedures.