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Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)

Our SMSTS course is a CITB accredited training course, perfect for construction site managers and agents. 

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Course overview

Our Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course is ideal for anyone currently responsible for planning, organising, controlling, monitoring and administering groups of workers on construction sites. 

If you’re preparing to move into such a role, the course also acts as a great starting point.

This five-day site management course covers the core health and safety issues involved in construction. It aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive understanding of how to identify and manage workplace hazards. 

Many candidates take the SMSTS course to build upon their existing knowledge and advance their career in construction.

Who is this course suitable for?

We’ve designed the Site Manager Course for its namesake and other construction industry professionals, including project managers, site managers and supervisors, business owners and clients.

The SMSTS course is aimed at people who have management responsibilities in the construction industry.

Course Programme

SMSTS course programme

This five-day classroom course covers the following topics: 

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act and CDM Regulations 2015.
  • Site set-up.
  • Risk assessments and method statements.
  • Working at height.
  • The health and safety implications of working with scaffolding, electricity, excavations, demolition, and confined spaces.
  • Any recent changes in accepted working practices and behavioural safety.
  • Changes in accepted working practices.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the SMSTS course  

The key learning outcomes covered by the SMSTS classroom course are as follows: 

  • Managing on-site safety in accordance with the law.
  • Managing on-site safety in the context of your management or supervisory role. 
  • Developing an understanding of your responsibilities for site health, safety, and welfare. 
  • Recognising that a safe site is efficient, economical, and productive. 

At the end of the training programme, you will able to: 

  • Understand all health, safety, welfare, and environmental legislation that affects your daily work. 
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practices. 
  • State your duties and responsibilities with regards to health, safety, welfare, and the environment. 

Next steps

SMSTS candidates are encouraged to refresh their knowledge every three years with the SMSTS Refresher course.


The SMSTS course consists of two assessments: 

  •  An examination paper, with 20 multiple choice questions, and five short written questions. 
  • A trainer review. 

The trainer review focusses on the candidate’s contribution and behaviour during the five days, and includes three elements: 

  • The candidate’s performance in group exercises. 
  • Candidate engagement — providing answers/suggestions during the course. 
  • Core exercises completed — the candidate must prepare and deliver four core exercises around specific areas of site health and safety. 

You won’t receive a course certificate without full attendance. Anyone unable to complete the course due to sickness or other circumstances must enrol on a new course and attend all five days again.   

  • Certification

    SMSTS training certificates are valid for five years. However, due to changes in technology, the law, environmental management, and cultural behaviour, it is recommended that you take the SMSTS Refresher Course within three years. 

  • Supporting materials

    To help you prepare for the assessment and trainer review, you will receive homework assignments and interactive revision materials covered by the course fee. 
    These interactive revision questions are based on actual assessments and include immediate feedback. You can use these materials as many times as you wish.

Payment plans

Payment Plans are offered to self-funding UK students only. We require 30% of the total course fee upfront. Payments will be made monthly from the day your deposit was made and must be received within 7 days of this date. The balance of your account must be cleared in full, prior to you registering for examinations. Payment plans can be paid by: Credit/debit card or bank transfer. If you would like to organise a payment plan please get in touch.

Popular SMSTS FAQs

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  • Where can I study an SSSTS or SMSTS course?

    Previously, our SSSTS and SMSTS training courses could be studied at venues across the UK, including Manchester, Birmingham, Southampton and London, but we have recently adapted both courses to allow students to study remotely from wherever they prefer. 

    You can now study towards an SSSTS or SMSTS training course via remote learning - the course is completed online, from your home, workplace, or any other location of your choice. 

  • When and how will I receive my SMSTS/SSSTS results and certificate?

    Results and certificates are provided by CITB within four weeks of completing the course.
  • Is lunch included for classroom courses?

    Yes, lunch and refreshments are included for full-day and multi-day training courses. 
  • Are there any entry requirements for SMSTS?

    No, but it is recommended for candidates to have passed the SSSTS course, or to have some basic understanding/knowledge of construction site safety.
  • What is the pass mark for the SMSTS exam?

    The examination pass mark is 80%, There are 20 multiple choice questions and 5 short, written questions. Five safety-critical questions in the exam paper must all be answered correctly to pass. 

    For the last ten minutes of the exam, candidates are permitted to use Construction Site Safety – The Comprehensive Guide (GE700) and The Construction Site Management Delegate Workbook (XA6).
  • How long is the SMSTS/SSSTS exam?

    The examination takes 30 minutes.
  • What happens if I fail the SMSTS examination or trainer review?

    We have an excellent pass rate of 95 percent. However, the exam can be re-taken within 90 days if necessary.
    If a candidate passes the trainer review but fails the final examination, the candidate may re-sit the examination (depending on their mark). 
    If a candidate scores less than 69% in the examination, they must attend the full course again, before re-sitting the examination.

Why choose a Construction course with Phoenix?

  • Pass Rate

    Our pass rate is above industry average for the SMSTS course. 

  • Expertise

    We are one of the UK's leading providers of training in health and safety. 

    Our tutors and mentors are widely respected for their expertise, experience and ability to provide an enjoyable learning experience. 

  • Student support

    We go the extra mile to make sure our course attendees receive the best possible support, through study guides and student groups.

    Many candidates find our Facebook community group particularly helpful while they are studying, as it enables them to compare notes with fellow students and ask questions.

  • The Phoenix Pass Pledge

    Although unlikely, if you fail any exams during the course, the Phoenix Pass Pledge allows you to continue your studies free of charge. What’s more, our Study Support Tutors are always on-hand to offer guidance and advice — so that you have the best chance of success.