How does an SMSTS course work?
SMSTS or another Site safety plus course?
The very first task when booking an SMSTS training
course is to ascertain that it is the right course for you. The SMSTS training
course is designed specially for managers of a construction site. It is aimed at those who need to find out about the responsibilities and obligations of running a whole site. If you are not running an entire site, for example you might be managing a team on site, then one of the other site safety plus courses such as the SSSTS or Site Supervisors Safety Training scheme, may be more appropriate.
Block or day release?
Having established that it is the SMSTS training
course is the correct option, it is then necessary to choose between a block or day release course. The best way to do this is to consider how quickly you need your qualification and balance this with the available time you have. If you need you qualification as soon as possible, a block course may be the best option. This is because it runs over five consecutive working days and allows the delegate to complete the entire course within a working week. However if the thought of spending an entire week away from work is unacceptable, then a day release course, running on one day, over five weeks, may be a more sensible option.
In house or open?
In addition to the block or day release options, it is also possible to complete SMSTS training
as an in-house course. With this option, the trainer would come to your site and deliver the course to a group of delegates. To do this, you must have 4 or more delegates to conform to CITB regulations. In addition, the more delegates you have to attend the course, the better the saving for the company.
Many managers, before completing the course are concerned about the assessment for the SMSTS training
. The assessment takes two main forms: a formal or summative test at the end of the course consisting of 25 multiple choice questions. This is usually accompanied by formative or informal assessment throughout the duration of the course. This will be done via questioning from the trainer and observation of the delegates interaction within the group. The main aim of the formative assessment is to allow the trainer to highlight any gaps in knowledge and address these before the formal test at the end. The aim of the summative assessment, of course, is to test the learning the delegate makes on the course is in accordance with the CITB standards. Candidates must pass the multiple choice test to be awarded an SMSTS certificate.
Finding an SMSTS course
As SMSTS courses are available throughout the UK, it may be time consuming to locate the cheapest, closest options to you. To solve this problem, contact an online service provider. As they work with reputable companies through the UK, they can locate and compare any possible options for you. This saves you the leg work of contacting individual traniners by phone and email, whilst presenting you with the most cost and time effective solution.