Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) 101

What is SMSTS?

The Site Management Training Scheme (SMSTS) is a course accredited by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). It’s the nationally recognised standard for the management of health and safety on construction sites.

Why should you enrol on an SMSTS course?

SMSTS is designed for site managers and those who would like to achieve a higher level of responsibility to manage and implement safety systems on construction sites. If you’re in a site managerial role or are soon to become a site manager, this course is for you. The scheme is designed to help you:

  • Manage and implement health, safety, and environmental aspects on site
  • Implement new guidance and industry best practice
  • Understand your responsibilities for site health, safety, welfare, and the environment
  • Identify that a safe site is efficient, economical, productive, and environmentally friendly

What does an SMSTS course cover?

The SMSTS course covers all managerial responsibilities you would expect to take on in your new or current role such as:

  • Legal and management expectations
  • Managing health and welfare
  • General safety and site organisation
  • Managing high-risk activities

How many questions are there in the SMSTS exam?

The exam paper is made up of 18 multiple choice questions and seven, short written questions. The seven short written questions all relate to the seven health and safety focus areas. The pass mark for the exam is 81%.

How many days is the SMSTS course?

The SMSTS course is a five-day course. You’re required to take a 2-day refresher course (SMSTS-R) after 5 years.

Can you do an SMSTS course online?

Yes, the course will cover the same modules as it would if it was carried out face-to-face and it will be led by a CITB qualified instructor.

Is the SMSTS course difficult?

This course is designed to give you a greater understanding of the skills which will be useful in your new or current role. It’s important to remember that you’ll have the support of a CITB qualified professional if you have any questions or concerns over the five-day period.

Our aim is to make sure we deliver the training in such a way that is relevant to your everyday work and easy to understand.

What happens if you fail the SMSTS?

If you fail the SMSTS exam but achieved above 72% you can be offered an immediate re-sit which you can take on the same day.

However, should you fail the re-sit, you will need to take the full SMSTS course again.

What certificate is available?

Successful candidates will receive a CITB certificate which will be valid for five years, renewed by attending a 2-day refresher course.

How much is an SMSTS course?

With SMAS Worksafe the SMSTS course is £380. It is worth bearing in mind that if you complete the course within six weeks of gaining SSIP accreditation with us, you can complete the SMSTS course for the reduced price of £350.

Can I get help with the cost of an SMSTS course?


Yes, the CITB levy is designed to support you with the cost of the course and it’s split into a tier system based on the level of the course. See the below discount for reference:

So, an SMSTS course would cost you £260:

Cost of course (380) – CITB discount (£120) = £260

All you need to do is upon payment – submit your CITB registration number to us or your delegate’s learning number and as an approved training organisation, we’ll submit the paperwork.

NB – Grants are paid directly by the CITB to your organisation so please make sure you’ve provided them with the correct bank details using this form.

Why choose SMAS Worksafe?

As one of the UK’s leading providers for health and safety assessments, we hold a strong reputation with accrediting bodies so we can confidently support you with your professional growth.

All our trainers are CITB qualified and hold years of experience in delivering the SMSTS course so you can rest assured your development is in good hands. Our SMSTS course is carried out remotely, so you won’t have the hassle or expense of attending a face-to-face lesson and you’ll benefit from a smaller group environment allowing you to access the trainer more easily.

If you want to find out more about what our SMSTS course has to offer or you’re ready to book a place, simply call our team on 01752 697 370 and they’ll be happy to help.