Why an SMSTS course is a great option
The first and probably most important factor in choosing the SMSTS CITB
course, is that is it specific. It is specifically designed for site managers and includes all the information they will need to do a good job. It is not for site supervisors. Many people can become confused over the SMSTS
and the SSSTS. The SSSTS is designed for supervisors and at two days in length does not go into as much depth!
The SMSTS course
covers: the health and safety at work act, the CDM regulations, risk assessments, working at heights, excavations and electricity and accidents, COSHH and RIDDOR.
The second crucial factor is that is SMSTS course
is recognised by the CITB as meeting their standards for site management. Therefore no matter where in the UK you do the course, you can be sure that hits the required level of training. It will also be recognised as such by employers all over the UK.
The next important benefit of an SMSTS training
course is that it is easy to find one that fits in around your schedule. Whether you are in a lull before your next project begins or you are rushed off your feet on site you will be able to get an SMSTS course that fits. This is become they come in two different varieties, block course and day release course. The block course is where the five day course is run over a full working week. It means that the course is done quickly all in one go, so is brilliant if you need the qualification before you can proceed with your project. Remember though certificates can take at least 4 weeks to arrive from the CITB, but your training provider will be able to give you a letter of attendance for the interim time.
The day release course is when the it is run on one day a week, over five weeks. Although this course takes a little longer to complete, it is brilliant for those that cannot spare a full week away from site. It means you can do your SMSTS training
qualification and still keep up to date with what is happening on site, brilliant for those delegates that are at a crucial time in their projects and just can not be there.
Another fantastic reason to do an SMSTS course, is that once you have successfully completed the full five day course, you can do a SMSTS refresher
every five years and keep your qualification up to date. The smsts refresher is only two days long and is considerably cheaper than the full five day course. This means you can save time and money and all you need to do is make sure that you complete the refresher before the five year and six month grace period, set by the CITB runs out!
Another great reason to do an SMSTS course is that you can now book online. The best deals can be had from online service providers that offer courses from multiple providers. You can then compare the prices, dates and locations to see which one fits you the best. As they deal with many providers, throughout the UK, they will have access to the best deals and should have a location that suits you. In addition, the really good providers will charge you the same as individual providers would, so you are getting this service for no extra cost at all!