SSSTS vs SMSTS

Posted on written by Sam Barton

So you’re about to become a site supervisor or manager? Or you’re looking to take the next step in your career? Perhaps your boss has told you to go on an SSSTS or an SMSTS course? How do you know which is best? Both courses are now available ONLINE Virtual Courses.

Depending on what stage of your career you are currently at, some courses will be more applicable to you than others. In this blog update, we are going to have a look at two of our training courses – SMSTS and SSSTS. CITB Logo

These are two major safety courses tailored for the construction industry, develop by CITB as part of the Site Safety Plus suite of courses. If you are working in the construction sector, these courses may be a good stepping stone into a supervisory or management role. Or perhaps to enhance your existing skills if you are already in these positions.

So, let’s have a look at SMSTS vs SSSTS.

What is Site Manager Safety Training (SMSTS)?

The CITB Site Manager Safety Training Scheme – otherwise known as SMSTS, is ideal for anyone who is involved in the management or planning of a construction site. Managers are often in charge of the administration, controlling or monitoring of the safety of the worksite too.

This course covers the law as well as regulatory requirements that are needed to ensure health and safety is met and maintained. It is aimed at supervisors, project managers and site managers. After completing the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Implement and manage health and safety, welfare and environmental legislation
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice
  • State duties and responsibilities with regards to health and safety, welfare and the environment

The course itself is assessed via a multiple-choice questionnaire, and you are continually assessed throughout the course in terms of how interactive you are.

Once you pass, your certificate is valid for five years, at which point you can take the SMSTS refresher.

What is Site Supervisor Safety Training (SSSTS)?

The Site Supervisor Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) course is aimed at supervisors and first-line managers or someone who wants to progress into either of these roles.

The training is designed to raise awareness for new supervisors around good practice in regards to health and safety on a construction site. Team leaders and site foremen are often required to have the SSSTS certificate.

By undertaking this training, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of health and safety, welfare and environmental issues
  • Your legal responsibilities which on a construction site
  • What are good and bad practices and how to respond to these
  • Carrying out risk assessments and site inductions

The course consists of training over two days and is assessed by a multiple-choice paper. You’re also expected to be interactive throughout the duration of the course too.

The SSSTS certificate is valid for five years, after which you can take the SSSTS refresher course.

SSSTS or SMSTS?

So, which course should you take?

CITB Health Safety Awareness Training Courses

If you are a supervisor, foreman, team leader or line manager, then the Site Supervisor Safety Training (SSSTS) is for you. Or if that’s the kind of role you’re looking to land.

For managers such as project leaders and site managers, then the Site Manager Safety Training (SMSTS) is ideal. If you have completed the SSSTS course, many people progress onto the SMSTS course to further enhance their skills and career prospects. However, you don’t need to complete the SSSTS before you go on the SMSTS.

CITB Refresher Courses

We also offer refresher courses for SSSTS and SMSTS training.

If you have undertaken either course and your certificate is about to expire, get in touch with us and take on the SMSTS Refresher Course or the SSSTS Refresher Course.

The courses cover any changes in legislation and methods since your first course and will refresh your memory and keep you compliant. You need to enrol and complete the refresher course before your five-year certificate expires as the six months grace period was removed a few years ago.

Are you interested in either SMSTS or SSSTS?

We offer both the CITB Site Manager Safety Training (SMSTS) and CITB Site Supervisor Safety Training (SSSTS) and the refresher courses too.

If you have any questions about either course or want to find out which one is suitable for you, then don’t hesitate to get in contact with us.

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6 Responses to “SSSTS vs SMSTS”

  1. Michael Mnkandhla

    Do I need to do the sssts if I need the smsts? plus can I just do the smsts using my construction management degree gained 2 years ago

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    • Sam Barton

      Hi Michael,

      You don’t need to complete the SSSTS before the SMSTS, a lot of people will just hold the SMSTS. Unfortunately you can’t get the SMSTS certificate with a construction management degree, although you may find as you hold the construction management degree you might not need the SMSTS. If you’re using the SMSTS to get a job you could ask the employer if they would accept your degree instead.

      I hope that helps,
      Sam

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  2. John Tindall

    I have sssts if I want smts do I have to do the full 5 day course?

    Reply
    • Sam Barton

      Hi John,

      Yes, they are different courses so unfortunately there isn’t a transition course. If you want the SMSTS you’ll need to attend the full 5-day course.

      I hope that helps.

      Sam

      Reply
  3. Tom Szwejkowski

    Hi, I have booked a SSSTS refresher as it runs out in October. I have SMSTS which runs out in 6 months which I will also be going on the 2 day refresher course. Do I need both or should I just Wait for my SMSTS refresher in 6 months? Personally I’d rather do both but I’m told its a waste of time doing SSSTS if you have SMSTS?

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    • Sam Barton

      Hi Tom,

      It’s hard to say, I wouldn’t say holding both certificates is a waste of time, however, depending on your role the SMSTS may be what your employer is more interested in.

      If it runs out you can get the SSSTS again with a 2 day course (rather than 1 day refresher) so you should weigh that against how much you think you’ll need the SSSTS certificate in your career over the next few years.

      Good luck whichever route you take and if you have any questions let us know.
      Sam

      Reply

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