What is CITB?
CITB stands for Construction Industry Training Board and is the industry training board for the UK construction industry, offering the Site Safety Plus suite of training courses, covering health and safety knowledge aimed at all levels of personnel within the UK construction industry.
How do I find an SMSTS course near me?
What is the CITB SMSTS Test Like?
Some quick facts about the SMSTS test:
- The pass-rate is 80% (you must achieve 28 marks out of a possible 35).
- There are 25 questions in total.
- 20 questions have multiple-choice answers (worth 1 mark each).
- 5 questions require a short written answer (worth between 1 and 3 marks each).
- 5 of the 25 questions are 'safety critical'.
- You must answer ALL 5 safety critical questions correctly to pass the test.
- The test must be completed within 30 minutes.
- You may refer to the supplied course publications during the final 10 minutes of the test.
Read more about the SMSTS test in our blog.
What is SMSTS?
SMSTS stands for Site Management Safety Training Scheme which is a 5 day classroom-based training course from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is part of the CITB Site Safety Plus suite of training courses.
What is SSSTS Course?
SSSTS stands for Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme which is a 2 day classroom-based training course from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is part of the CITB Site Safety Plus suite of training courses.
Can SMSTS be done online?
Yes! Following Covid, CITB amended their courses so you now CAN take SMSTS courses online! You can search our website and filter the format to show only 'Online' courses. Read more about it in our blog 'Online Learning… what me?'
What is Site Safety Plus?
These details are correct as of CITB's updated 2018 Site Safety Plus scheme rules.
The Site Safety Plus (SSP) suite of training courses from CITB are aimed at providing knowledge to all levels of UK construction personnel, from operative to senior manager.
The main CITB Site Safety Plus courses include:
- Achieving Behavioural Change (ABC)
- Director's Role for Health and Safety (DRHS)
- Health and Safety Awareness (HSA)
- Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS)
- Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)
- Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SSSTS-R)
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
- Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS-R)
- Temporary Works Co-ordinator Training Course (TWCTC)
- Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course (TWSTC)
What is the CSCS card for?
CSCS (Construcion Skills Certification Scheme) provide cards for workers to prove that they have become competent in the type of work they carry out.
How much does it cost to get a CSCS card?
- A CSCS card costs from £30.
- The 'touch screen' test, properly known as Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test costs £22.50.
You will need the required qualifications first.
Also please be aware of organisations charging more than these prices. Some charge a small amount as they assist in your application.
How can I find CITB touch screen test centres?
You can find your nearest CITB Touch Screen Test centre to book your CITB HS&E Test using the following link:
Then click on Health, safety & environment test and it will give you a list of different versions of the test available.
The top link, Health, safety and environment test for operatives, will be the test most people need to book, if you're wanting to apply for your CSCS Green Labourer Card for example.
The other tests are all for specific skills or trades.
How do I book a CITB HS&E (touch screen) test?
Please read our blog post about booking a CITB Touch Screen Test.
How do I know if I've passed my CITB Site Safety Plus course?
You can use the CITB Card Checker to see if you or one of your delegates as recently passed a CITB course.
How can I check if a CSCS, CPCS or CISRS card is valid?
You can use the CITB Card Checker to see if a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme), CPCS (Construction Plant Competence Scheme) or CISRS (Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme) membership card is valid.
How do I claim back a CITB grant when one of my employees attends a CITB course (I'm a CITB Levy payer)?
If you are a CITB levy payer then you can claim back a grant when one of your employees attends a CITB training course.
To claim the CITB grant when one of your employees attends a CITB Site Safety Plus course, ensure your delegate informs the training provider of your company's CITB levy number when they register onto the course on the first day.
Don't forget that to qualify for the attendance grants throughout the year you must complete your CITB Levy Return before 31 December each year, as well as complete a grants claim form and sent it to CITB before 30 June each year.
What extenuating circumstances are accepted by CITB for missing part of a Site Safety Plus course?
The Scheme Rules specified by CITB state that delegates attending one of their Site Safety Plus courses must attend all prescribed sessions in full, per the below list of required contact hours:
|CITB Course||Hours||Days||Min/Max Delegates||Full Course Name|
|SMSTS||37.5||5||4 / 20||Site Management Safety Training Scheme|
|SMSTS-R||15||2||4 / 20||Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher|
|SSSTS||15||2||4 / 20||Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme|
|SSSTS-R||7.5||1||4 / 20||Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme Refresher|
|DRHS||7.5||1||3 / 12||Director’s Role for Health and Safety|
|HSA||7.5||1||3 / 20||Health and Safety Awareness|
If a session (or part of a session) is missed then the delegate must rebook and attend another course in full, which will almost always require the full payment of courses fees again.
This can be especially problematic for those attending a refresher course as it may take a delegate beyond the expiration of his or her certificate which will result in them having to attend (and pay for) the full course again. CITB no longer accept appeals for a delegate wishing to attend a refresher course after the expiry date of their certificate.
Accepted CITB extenuating circumstances
While there is no exhaustive list of extenuating circumstances that CITB will accept for missing part of one of their Site Safety Plus courses, they are pretty much limited to:
- certified illness.
CITB must first authorise a rebooking request where a session was missed due to extenuating circumstances.
If approved by CITB, the delegate may attend another course from the missed session onwards, as long as this is done within 90 days of the last day of attendance.
Reasons CITB will definitely not accept
Approval will NOT be granted for reasons such as:
- travel delays
- getting lost.
Minimum CITB course attendees
Please also remember that training providers are governed by strict rules stipulated by CITB and one of these rules is minimum and maximum delegates per course.
If you fail to attend a scheduled session then you could be putting the whole course in jeopardy because the tutor will have no choice but to send everyone else home if this puts the number of attendees below the specified limit.
What is the pass mark for SMSTS?
The SMSTS exam contains 20 multiple choice questions, plus 5 safety critical questions. To pass the CITB SMSTS exam, candidates must achieve a score of at least 80% on the 20 multiple-choice questions and answer all five of the safety critical questions correctly. This means that candidates must answer 16 or more of the multiple-choice questions correctly and get all five of the safety critical questions correct to pass the exam and obtain the SMSTS certificate.