Which CITB Course is the Best Fit for me?
As there is a wide range of CITB courses available the best way to find the correct fit when choosing a CITB course is to identify what is required of you in your current job role and match your course selection to this.
For example, those working on site and supervising teams of workers or subcontractors often opt for the SSSTS CITB course
(Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme). With its focus on protecting the welfare of those being supervised and up to date information about the supervisors legal responsibilities the SSSTS is a CITB course
that is often required by large UK construction sites when employing those in a supervisory role.
Another popular CITB course
is the SMSTS or Site Managers Safety Training Scheme. Suited to those with the responsibility for managing construction sites and meeting the Construction Design Regulations (CDM), the SMSTS like the SSSTS is often a prerequisite for gaining employment on the larger UK construction sites.
One of the key advantages of completing the SMSTS is that as the validity period of the course runs out (5 years) you can complete a 2 day refresher course. This SMSTS refresher is available to those who have previously completed an SMSTS course and can provide the documentation proving this. The CITB also grant a 6 month grace period where delegates are still eligible to complete the refresher even when their original SMSTS card has run out.
Of course many delegates choose to complete a CITB course
if they are progressing to a role of greater responsibility to ensure they are up to date with current health and safety legislation and practice. It is useful to know that there are no prerequisites to complete before joining a CITB course
, although there is an expectation that the delegates are in or preparing to be in the role which the course relates to. For example those completing a SMSTS course need to be site managers or looking to progress to a site management position in the future.
If your are working within the construction industry but your role is not that of a site manager or supervisor, there are additional members of the CITB course family that may suit you:
The first is the PMSTS Plant Managers Safety Training Scheme. If you are specifically working with and taking responsibility for the smooth running of plant machinery this course is an excellent match.
In addition the foundation level CITB Health and Safety Awareness course is an excellent start for those beginning their careers in construction, and have not yet progressed to a supervisory position.
The final member of the CITB course
family is the Achieving Behavioural Change course. This is a fantastic course for anyone in construction across a range of roles and levels of responsibilities as it focuses on improving safety through shifting attitudes and behavior of those on site. It is tailored around asking candidates to become more aware of how their own behaviour effects the health and safety of those around them.