SMSTS Frequently Asked Questions.
Question 1: Is the SMSTS
course for me?
The SMSTS or Site Managers Safety Training Scheme syllabus is set by the CITB and run by independent, accredited providers. It is specifically designed with site managers in mind. To this end it is five days long and covers topics such as current legislation, working to minimise specific risks and hazards and risk assessment. If you are currently managing a site or are looking to progress to this position in the future, then an SMSTS course is for you. However if you are currently supervising a gang or team of workers on a site, then the SSSTS course is a better option. This is because it is shorter and tailored to the supervisors’ role and responsibilities.
Question 2: Can I fit the SMSTS
course around my work responsibilities?
There are three ways in which to complete an SMSTS course. The first, which is known as day release, does allow delegates to continue with their day to day roles, whilst studying for just one day a week. This enables delegates to complete the course over five weeks, while still allowing them to fulfil their other responsibilities on site. The second way of completing an SMSTS
course is by doing a consecutive day block. This is when delegates do the full course within a working week. This option is excellent for those who need to gain their qualification as soon as possible. It is worth noting however that certificates can take up to eight weeks to arrive after the course end date, but many trainers will provider a letter of attendance in the mean time. The third way of completing a SMSTS course is to attend a dedicated course. A trainer will come to your company premises and deliver the course to a minimum of 4 people at once. This option has particular benefits, including the opportunity to save money if you have multiple delegates to put on the course and the chance for your delegates to received dedicated attention from the trainer.
Question 3: Are there any entry requirements for the SMSTS course?
While there are no formal entry requirements for the SMSTS
course, it is worth noting that candidates will be expected to have a good grasp of spoken and written English. Candidates will also be expected to be working as a site manager or looking to progress to this role in the near future. You do not have to have completed the SSSTS course.
Question 4: When and where can I do an SMSTS course?
courses are available throughout the UK. Different training providers offer either dedicated, day release or block courses or a mixture of these. Use an online service provider to first locate the courses closest to you, then to get suitable dates and then compare prices to get the best deal possible. Online service providers can book you a place on your chosen course over the phone or via the internet, which means you save valuable time, whilst still getting the best value for your money.