Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)
By Ade Lewis
The Site Management Safety Training Scheme forms part of the Construction Skills (CITB) Site Safety Plus
range of courses which are highly regarded within the construction industry and recognised as being the
highest standard of qualification for SMSTS Training.
The SMSTS training is a 5 day course aimed at site managers, agents and people who are responsible for
planning, organising, monitoring, controlling or administering groups of staff and workforce. It is suitable
for those wishing to develop a more in depth legal, moral and social understanding of their role and also
teaches delegates how to manage on-site health and safety in accordance with current legislation.
Around ten thousand people attend the site management safety training scheme health and safety
course each year. These people include current site managers who feel that they need to brush up on
their health and safety awareness and construction professionals who aspire to become future site
The Construction Design and Management Regulations 2007 (CDM) requires that all employers of
construction workers ensure that they are competent in a range of health and safety issues. The 5 day
SMSTS Course is the highest level of training available to qualify for this requirement.
The training covers a wide variety of health and safety aspects and at the end of the training delegates
will be aware of and be able to:
• Implement all health, safety, welfare and environmental legislation which affects them during their
• Implement new guidance and industry best practice
• State their duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare and the environment
• Manage health & safety on site in accordance with current legal provisions, and within the context of
their management or supervisory role
• Develop an understanding of responsibilities and accountability for site health, safety and welfare
• Recognise that a safe site is efficient, economical and productive
To qualify for the Construction Skills Site Safety Plus SMSTS accreditation, course candidates will be
assessed through three core exercises and are required to sit an end of course examination.
Qualification certificates are issued by Construction Skills and are valid for 5 years.
This course should not be confused with the Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course
which is a 2 day training course aimed at site supervisors who deal with day to day Health and Safety
issues on-site and are seeking the knowledge and information required to comply with their on site
health and safety responsibilities.
Health & Safety Training for London & Kent including SMSTS Training: SDA Safety Limited