SSSTS Course Content & Structure

This guide will explain everything that the two-day Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme course from CITB includes and what you need to know and prepare for to pass the course. It is up-to-date with the latest SSSTS syllabus from CITB, per the 2018 Site Safety Plus Scheme Rules.

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The CITB SSSTS course is aimed at those who are currently, or about to become, construction site supervisors and will equip them with the skills and knowledge to be able to fulfil this role safely and according to current health and safety legislation.


Course Summary

There are no formal prerequisites to attend an SSSTS course, however you should hold (or be about to hold) the role of a site supervisor.

You will be expected to take an active interest throughout the course, as well as participating in a mandatory toolbox talk and group case study exercise during your training.

Delegates must be fluent in both spoken and written English which is a standard required for all CITB Site Safety Plus courses.


Course Attendance

You must attend both full days to be eligible for certification. If any session, or part session, is missed then a delegate must rebook and attend the entire course again, unless due to extenuating circumstances. You can read more about CITB extenuating circumstances in our FAQs section.


Course Delivery

Classrooms for the SSSTS course are between 4 and 20 delegates with no permitted exceptions.

The course lasts for 2 days, which equates to a minimum of 15 hour's training.

If the course is not delivered over 2 consecutive days then it must be completed within two weeks from start to finish.


Course Materials and Publications

Each delegate will receive their own copies of the following from their tutor:

  • Site supervision simplified (code GE 706)
  • Toolbox talks (code GT 700)
  • Shattered lives (code DVD 070).

Modules and Learning Outcomes

The SSSTS course comprises five separate modules:

Module 1 - Legal and Management

  1. Health and safety law
  2. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CMD Regulations 2015)
  3. Health and safety management systems
  4. Risk assessments and method statements
  5. Statutory inspections, checks and monitoring
  6. Reporting accidents, injuries and ill health
  7. Leadership and worker engagement

Module 2 - Health and Welfare

  1. Health and welfare of the workforce
  2. First aid and emergency procedures
  3. Control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH)
  4. Asbestos
  5. Dust and fumes
  6. Noise and vibration
  7. Manual handling

Module 3 - General Safety

  1. Site set up and security
  2. Fire prevention and control
  3. Electricity safety
  4. Plant and work equipment
  5. Lifting operations and equipment

Module 4 - High Risk Activities

  1. Working at height
  2. Excavations
  3. Underground and overhead services
  4. Confined spaces
  5. Temporary works

Module 5 - Environmental Awareness and Waste Control

  1. Environmental awareness
  2. Pollution prevention
  3. Waste materials
  4. Nuisance reduction (noise, dust and light)

Assessments and Tests to Pass the SSSTS Course

To pass the course and receive a CITB SSSTS certificate delegates will need to complete the following:

  • Case study (group exercise)
  • Toolbox talk
  • Written exam.

The SSSTS Exam

  • The pass-rate is 80% (you must achieve 24 marks out of a possible 30).
  • There are 25 questions in total.
  • 22 questions have multiple-choice answers (worth 1 mark each).
  • 3 questions require a short written answer (worth between 1 and 3 marks each).
  • 4 of the 25 questions are 'safety critical'.
  • You must answer ALL 4 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.
  • Delegates can resit a different exam paper, without completing the whole course again, if:
    • They score 80% or more on the exam but fail the safety critical questions.
    • They achieve 70% in the core exercises and at least 70% in the exam.
  • Delegates will need to attend another full 2-day SSSTS course and re-sit another exam if they score less than 67% on the exam.

The Case Study

Delegates attending the SSSTS course must participate in a group exercise in the form of a case study scenario.

Delegates will be monitored throughout the group exercise by their tutor who will award marks accordingly.

Case Study Exercise

The tutor will split the classroom into small groups who will then be presented with the case study scenario which will include a site plan drawing to work from.

After about 10 minutes of progression into the case study scenario, the tutor will interrupt the groups and announce that there has been an unforeseen problem that each group will also have to overcome as part of the exercise.

The unexpected problem could be receiving a complaint from a neighbour regarding something like noise, dust, mud on the road or parking but it is up to the tutor to decide on the exact problem.  Delegates will lose or gain marks depending on how well the team is able to cope with this change in scenario.

Case Study Task

Groups will need to complete a risk assessment for the task being carried out in the case study.

A method statement will be created, detailing time frames for the fictitious client.

The team will list all of the necessary safety considerations that the scenario requires.

The group will highlight how the unexpected problem affected their approach and how they had to adapt their methods to accommodate it.

Once the above has been completed, the group will present their brief back to the rest of the classroom.


SSSTS Toolbox Talk

A key aspect of the SSSTS course is the toolbox talk element. This is designed to build the confidence of each delegate to enable them to effectively deliver a toolbox talk presentation that is relevant to their target audience.

The tutor will be looking for delegates to confidently deliver a clear and genuine health and safety message. Topics can be selected from the supplied GT700 Toolbox talks publication.

Tutors will not formally grade this aspect of the course but he or she may take the success of this presentation into account when considering the overall review of each delegate.