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SSSTS Course (Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme)

Our Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) remote classroom course is an accredited CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) course and is the ideal first step for site supervisors, providing an understanding of the relevant health, safety, welfare, environmental, and legal issues that could impact their role.
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Course overview

Our Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) remote classroom course is an accredited CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) course and is the ideal first step for site supervisors, providing an understanding of the relevant health, safety, welfare, environmental, and legal issues that could impact their role. The key takeaway from this classroom course is that safety is an integral part of effective site supervision. 

The United Kingdom Contractors Group endorses the SSSTS course as the standard for all supervisors who work on UKCG sites.

Who is this course suitable for?

Our Site Supervisor Course is designed for site managers, agents, and other construction industry professionals. These people may have responsibility for planning, organising, controlling, monitoring, and administering groups of workers.  

The SSSTS course is aimed at people who have – or expect to acquire – supervisory responsibilities in the construction industry.

Course Programme

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act and HSE regulations.
  • Control measures and risk assessments.
  • Legal responsibilities of site supervisors.
  • Specific site issues that challenge supervisors daily.
  • Effective toolbox talks (a short presentation on a specific area of health and safety, presented by the candidates).
  • Supervision of occupational health.
  • Behavioural safety.

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes of the Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme 

The SSSTS course will discuss what is expected of you and how your duties will contribute to the safety of the workplace. 

By the end of the classroom course, you will be able to: 

  • Understand the health and safety problems within the industry.
  • Understand how health and safety law is structured and how it applies to site supervisors.
  • Identify how a supervisory role fits in with the management structure in controlling site safety.
  • Carry out risk assessments and understand the need for method statements.
  • Carry out effective site inductions, toolbox talks and method statement briefings.
  • Monitor site activities effectively.
  • Understand the importance of timely intervention and identify bad practices.
  • Recognise when a site is safe, efficient, economical, productive and environmentally friendly.

Next steps

After completing our site supervisor training course, you can progress to the five-day Site Management Safety Training Scheme. Site managers, agents, surveyors, and managers are all likely to find this next level of training valuable.

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


The SSSTS course consists of 2 assessments: 

  • An examination paper, with 22 multiple-choice questions and 3 short written questions.
  • A trainer review.

The trainer review considers the candidates contribution and behaviour over the 2 days, and includes 3 elements: 

  • Candidate performance in group exercises.
  • Candidate engagement – providing answers/suggestions during the course.
  • Toolbox talk completion – the candidate must prepare and deliver a 5-minute toolbox talk.

The certificate will only be awarded if you attend both days in the correct order and participate during the course.  

Attendance will preferably be taken on consecutive days, but you can also finish the modules within two weeks of each other. 

If, for any reason, you cannot attend the course on consecutive days, the two days must be within the same two-week period. If this is not possible for sickness or other reasons, you will need to enrol on a new course with the same stipulations. 

  • Certification

    Your SSSTS certificate is valid for five years. However, we recommend taking a refresher course every three years to keep up with any changes in technology, environmental management, cultural behaviour, and legislation. 

  • Interactive homework

    To help you prepare for the assessment and trainer review, you will receive homework assignments and interactive revision materials covered by the course fee.  
    The interactive revision questions are based on actual assessments and include immediate feedback. You can use these materials as many times as you wish.  
    The preparation for the toolbox talk will be assigned as homework at the end of day one, and the presentation will take place on day two. 

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 SSSTS 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 SSSTS or SMSTS results and certificate?

    Results and certificates for SSSTS and SMSTS 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. 
  • What is the pass mark for the SSSTS exam?

    The examination pass mark is 80%, There are 22 multiple choice questions and 3 short, written questions. There are 4 safety critical questions, which must be answered correctly to pass.
  • How long is the SMSTS/SSSTS exam?

    The examination takes 30 minutes.
  • What happens if I fail the SSSTS 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 67% 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 the industry average for the SSSTS 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

    If you fail to meet the required standard in your exams (unlikely with our high pass rates), the Phoenix Pass Pledge is our promise that you can continue your studies free of charge. Our Study Support Tutors are always on-hand to offer guidance and advice so that you can get a great result.