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Site Supervisors' Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) Refresher

Our Site Supervisors' Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) refresher course is for site supervisors and agents looking to refresh their skills and knowledge.

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Course overview

Refresh your knowledge of the Site Supervisors’ Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) with our one-day course. 

Accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), this training programme enables site supervisors to refresh their skills, update their knowledge, and keep their professional qualification valid.  

The SSSTS refresher course provides candidates with an updated understanding of the relevant health, safety, welfare, environmental, and legal issues, including any legislation changes that affect their role and workplace.

Who is this course suitable for?

The CITB SSSTS refresher course is suitable for site managers, agents, and other construction industry professionals who have gained SSSTS accreditation in the past five years. Each SSSTS certificate lapses after five years, so the fresher course must be completed before that date. If the certificate is allowed to expire, you can only regain it by retaking the full SSSTS course. 

Course programme

This is a highly interactive remote classroom course incorporating case studies, classroom discussion, group work, and individual or group presentations. Subjects covered are:

  • 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
  • Useful 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

  • Enhanced awareness of site health and safety issues
  • Improved knowledge of any recent construction legislation developments — plus health, safety, welfare and environmental issues
  • Identify measures that will assist in the practical implementation of their responsibilities, as established by new legislation and changing working practices
  • Gain a better understanding of health and safety risks
  • Demonstrate and apply the principles of safe workplace practices
  • Understand the principles behind a risk assessment
  • Conduct a thorough risk assessment

Next steps

Each SSSTS certificate should be renewed every five years via the refresher course. This is to allow for changes in technology, legislation, environmental management, and cultural behaviour.

Candidates can also progress to the Site Management Safety Training Scheme course


The refresher course includes two assessments:

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


You cannot receive a certificate without full attendance (7.5 hours).

SSSTS 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 SSSTS Refresher Course every five years. 

Supporting materials

To help prepare for the assessment, we will provide you with homework assignments and interactive revision materials covered by the course fee. These interactive revision questions are based on actual assessments, and feedback is immediate. 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 SSSTS FAQs

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  • Are there any entry requirements for SSSTS?

    There are no entry requirements for the SSSTS course.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • How long is the SMSTS/SSSTS exam?

    The examination takes 30 minutes.
  • Do I need to pay for the SMSTS/SSSTS exam?

    No, the fee includes the cost of the exam.
  • 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 SSSTS 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.