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CITB - Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) - Day Release

CITB course covering project/site management responsibilities and their relevance in accountability for site safety. 


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Course Details

Product number: CITB_SMSTS_DR|1468

This course will provide delegates in a Project / Site Management role with essential knowledge and understanding on responsibilities and accountability for site safety.

Day Release Training

This Day Release option for the market-leading SMSTS (Site Management Safety Training Scheme) course has been created to allow delegates to attend who may not able to take 5 consecutive days out of their busy schedule.

The course will run 1 day per week over 5 weeks, following the same curriculum as the block SMSTS course and the same standard of training will be delivered, meeting all Scheme Rules.

This attracts a CITB Short Course Duration Grant at Tier 3, with a value of £240. Please see the Grants and Funding tab for further information.

Please Note: The minimum age of attendance for this course is 16 years old, however delegates who are under the age of 18 must bring a completed parental consent form to the first day of the training course.

Virtual Classrooms

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The SMSTS course is also available through Remote Learning, where delegates can complete training and gain their certification via Virtual Classrooms.

Virtual Classroom training has been created to allow delegates to gain and develop the required knowledge outside of the classroom - connecting live with a HSS Trainer through a webcam.

To find out more information and view Remote Learning course dates please click here.


5 days, delivered 1 day per week over 5 weeks.

Please ring 0345 605 0006 to confirm the course dates.

Day 1

  • Course introduction
  • What do you know test
  • Why we manage Health and Safety
  • HASWA 74
  • Management Regs
  • Risk assessments and method statements
  • Risk assessment exercise

Day 2

  • CDM 15 Regs
  • Work at height
  • Confined space
  • Work equipment
  • Electrical safety
  • Lifting operations

Day 3

  • Fire prevention and control
  • Occupational health, including Asbestos; COSHH; Noise and vibration; Infections and disease; Environmental legislation

Day 4

  • First Aid
  • Consultation
  • Monitoring
  • Behavioural change

Day 5

  • Presentation preparation and delivery
  • Final Exam

Project managers, site managers and supervisors as well as proprietors of small to medium sized companies.

Possession of this qualification is listed in the Approved Code of Practice for the Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations as a demonstration of competence in the role of site manager.

Please Note: The minimum age of attendance for this course is 16 years old, however delegates who are under the age of 18 must bring a completed parental consent form to the first day of the training course.


The examination paper consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course. Each exam paper has:

  • 18 multiple choice questions (each worth one mark)
  • 7 questions in multi-response or short written answer format (each worth two marks) The exam pass mark is 81% (26 out of 32).

The exam lasts for 35 minutes and delegates are permitted to use the provided CITB publications for the last 15 minutes of the exam. Certification Delegates successfully completing the course will receive a CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) certificate valid for five years.

Please note, CITB no longer produce physical certificates, all certificates are produced digitally and sent to the booker of the course within 28 working days of the end of the course.

CITB Short Course Duration Grant

As of the 1st April 2023, the levy grants for CITB have been updated. For more information on the changes please click here.

Information for Employers

HSS Training is an Approved Training Organisation (ATO) with CITB, allowing our customers to claim grants for completing training on our registered courses.  The CITB levy and grants scheme has been introduced to ensure the UK construction industry has the skilled workforce that it needs; providing grants for employers to train their workers. This helps to maintain health & safety standards on construction sites, keeping the right skills available for the industry to grow. In turn this will allow projects to be completed on time and within budget, in a safe and sustainable manner.

How much is the Grant?

The grant rates are split into three tiers, determined by the duration and content of the course.

•Tier 1 = £60

•Tier 2 = £140

•Tier 3 = £240

Course Name  Grant Tier Value
IPAF (Dual) Mobile Vertical (3a) + (3b) Mobile Boom - Operator  Tier 2 £140
IPAF Harness Use and Inspection  Tier 1 £60
PASMA Mobile Access Towers for Users  Tier 2 £140
Ladder and Stepladder User - Ladder Association  Tier 1 £60
Ladder and Stepladder Inspection - Ladder Association  Tier 1 £60
Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS)  Tier 3 £240
Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS)  Tier 3 - 50% £70
Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS)  Tier 2 £140
Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SSSTS)  Tier 2 - 50% £70
Site Safety Plus - Health & Safety Awareness  Tier 1 £60

Please refer to the Approved Course List on CITB’s website for the full course directory. Grants are paid once for each individual per course, with the exception of a renewal or refresher course.

Which courses are covered?

As a CITB accredited ATO, HSS Training has 20+ courses registered under the CITB Short Course Duration Grant.  Short duration courses last from 3 hours to 29 days, focusing on the core construction skills needed across the industry. 

The full list of approved courses is available on CITB’s Construction Training Directory.

• Assured Products - courses delivered to an agreed industry standard

• Recognised Products - an approved standard by a relevant awarding body that is widely accepted by the industry i.e. IPAF, PASMA, Ladder Association

• CITB - relating to the Site Safety Plus courses

How do I claim?

Q. What do I need to do as the employer?
A. Simply book your employee onto their required course (our full open schedule is available on the HSS Training website) and provide us with the following details: Delegate name, DOB, Address, NI Number and the Employer CITB Levy Number.

Q. How do I make a claim?
A. We will do everything for you. Because HSS Training is an ATO with CITB, following your employees successful completion of their course we will update the  construction Training Register and you will automatically receive the payment.

Q. How will I receive the payment?
A. Grants can only be paid back via bank transfer, so ensure that CITB hold your current bank details - you can do this through their secure online Bacs Direct Credit Authorisation Form.

Who can claim?

Any Employer can claim who has registered with CITB and meets their general grants scheme eligibility requirements. Short Duration grants are available to all directly employed Pay As You Earn (PAYE) staff and sub-contractors.

Note – grants are not paid to individual employees.

Eligibility Requirements

Employers are able to claim grants if they have sent a Levy Return to CITB by 30th November each year (where applicable).

Please refer to CITB’s website for more information on how Levy Returns are calculated for a company.

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