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Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Refresher

Our Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) refresher course is for site managers and agents looking to refresh their skills and knowledge.  

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Course overview

Our Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) refresher course is for site managers and agents looking to refresh their skills and knowledge.

This two-day site management refresher course reminds candidates of their responsibilities in relation to site safety and health and welfare. The SMSTS refresher course also provides a good understanding of current legislation relating to health and safety issues.

Who is this course suitable for?

To enrol on this course, candidates must hold a Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certificate that has been obtained in the past five years.

Course Programme

This two-day SMSTS refresher course covers the following topics: 

  • Current focus of HSE's attention
  • Risk assessment and method statements
  • CDM Regulations 2007
  • Construction Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Roles and responsibilities of key duty holders under CDM 2007 Reporting of Injuries
  • Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the Site Managers’ Safety Training Scheme Refresher

  • Improve awareness of recent developments within construction, legislation and health, safety, welfare and environmental issues
  • Identify measures that will assist in the practical implementation of responsibilities established by new legislation and new working practices

Next steps

SMSTS candidates are encouraged to refresh their knowledge every 5 years.


The SMSTS refresher course consists of 2 assessments:

  • A multiple-choice examination paper
  • Continuous assessment during exercises

You cannot receive a certificate without full attendance. Anyone unable to complete the course due to sickness or other circumstances must enrol on a new course and attend both days again. 


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 every five years. 

Supporting materials

To help you prepare for the assessment, you will be provided with 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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  • 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.
  • Are there any entry requirements for SMSTS refresher course?

    Yes, candidates need to have passed the SMSTS course, within the past five years. 
  • 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.
  • 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. 

Why choose a Construction course with Phoenix?

  • Pass Rate

    Our pass rate is above industry average for the SMSTS Refresher 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

    Every Phoenix CITB Construction course entitles you to continue studying free of charge if you fail to meet the required standard in examinations. However, this is rarely necessary. Our pass rate for SMSTS training courses is above industry average with a high number of credits and distinctions.