Site Management Training – Why do we need it?
As construction workplaces are inherently dangerous, having full knowledge of as much safety information as possible could wind up saving somebody’s life. To keep up with the latest health and safety information, there are site management training
courses available that aim to teach managers what they need to know. The Site Manager’s Safety Training Scheme is course by the Construction Industry Training Board, hereafter known as the CITB. These courses are held at locations all over the country through a network of approved training providers. The course is held over five days, and there is also a two day refresher course for those whose certificates are about to run out. The people these courses are aimed at include site agents, site managers, project directors and surveyors, although this list is not conclusive. It is possible to do the courses either over five days in a block, or on a day by day schedule, with gaps inbetween each.
The course itself covers many aspects of health and safety on a construction site. These include the legislation involved when an accident occurs on site (also known as RIDDOR), risk assessments, working at height on scaffolding, excavations and working in confined spaces. It is mandatory to complete all five days, and anyone who doesn’t will not receive the CITB SMSTS certificate to prove they have passed the course. Assignments will be given to candidates to complete during the five days. This certificate is valid for five years and is a very good accolade for those in the industry to hold. Anyone looking to move jobs within this sector will be pleased to have this to add to their CV, and others may also be able to take on new job responsibilities at their workplace with it.
As indicated above, it is also possible to take a site management training
refresher course that lasts for two days once the five day full course has been achieved. It is important to attend these when they are held, as they will inform candidates of any new legislation that has been passed that relates to individual job roles and site management.
Anyone looking to undertake a site management training
course will need to find out when they are being held and where. As there are so many training centres across the country, it should be possible to get one reasonably close by. There are over 150 approved CITB course providers within the UK, so it can be a challenge to find the best provider and location to suit requirements.
The best thing to do if you are looking to book a site management training
course is to use a website that offers a quick find service. The advantage here is that these training websites will include the majority of CITB training providers, and will be able to give a location, cost and date within seconds.