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Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Refresher

Accredited by: CITB

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The 2 day CITB SMSTS Refresher Training course is designed for candidates who have already passed the SMSTS Course. All SMSTS certificates are valid for 5 years from the date of issue. Candidates will be required to show their original 5 day certificate and if known provide details of where and when they took the course. Delegates MUST attend both days in order to obtain their certification.

By attending the SMSTS refresher course delegates will be updated on developments in construction legislation and use of appropriate best practice. The course will also enhance existing managerial skills necessary to achieve compliance with any new legal duties and responsibilities placed on them and their workforce.

IMPORTANT INFORMATIONAny Delegate that does not attend prior to the end date of their certificate will risk their right to attend a refresher course and will be required to attend the full course.

PLEASE NOTE – It will take approximately 6-8 weeks for the CITB to issue certification.


At the end of the SMSTS Refresher course successful candidates will be able to: –

  • Manage health and safety on site in accordance with current legal provisions, and within the context of their management and supervisory role
  • Understand their legal, moral and social obligations to maintain a healthy and safe site, as well as consider the benefits and costs of implementation to their organisation
  • Identify and avoid potential hazards on site
  • Prepare method statements, risk assessments and other statutory requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act


The SMSTS Refresher course will cover the following topics: –

  • Legislation, ACOP updates with discussions on impact and practical aspects of compliance
  • Overview of proposed/impending legislation
  • RIDDOR – Accident statistics, costs, causes, management responsibilities/methods in prevention
  • HSE’s current focus on construction activities
  • Safety management systems, policies, plans and performance measuring
  • Management of Contractors
  • Communication and consultation aspects, effective use of ‘toolbox talks’ and ‘site inductions’
  • Behavioural Safety including awareness of human error, stress and prevention
  • Syndicate exercises


At the end of the CITB SMSTS Refresher course delegates are required to sit an exam paper consisting of 25 questions, of which 5 are safety critical and require a short written answer.  Multiple choice questions are worth 1 point each and safety critical questions are worth 1-3 points each.   In order to pass the course delegates MUST answer ALL of safety critical questions correctly.  The SMSTS Refresher Course pass rate is 80% (28 out of 35).

Delegates must attend both of the days, in accordance with the course programme, to achieve the necessary learning objectives and qualify for re-certification.  Successful candidates will be issued with the CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme Refresher (SMSTS Refresher) certificate which is valid for 5 years.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who has attended the five day Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) Course, and whose certificate is due to expire.  Expiry of the certificate is 5 years.


Only those delegates who have passed the five day Site Manager Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS), or a previous SMSTS Refresher (2 Day) course in the last five years, and can provide evidence of this are eligible to attend the two-day refresher course.

A good understanding of spoken and written English will be necessary in order to attend and complete the course successfully.

Why Your SMSTS Certificate Needs Refreshing in 5 Years

One of the main reasons why your certificate will need renewing is so that you can be updated on the changes to the Health and Safety Regulations. These regulations can change frequently and a renewal course will help to inform you of all of these changes and how they will affect you on a daily basis in your work.

This is very important because if you are not aware of a change that has been made and you are still following old health and safety standards when newer ones have been put in place, you could be putting your staff at risk. Keeping your certifications up to date will help to prevent the injuries and illness of your employees.

The health and safety industry is always changing and whenever an accident occurs, investigations can help to reveal a safer way of doing things. New equipment and materials can also be introduced into the workplace, which can sometimes present brand new health and safety risks that would not have been considered five years ago when taking the first course.

Also, it is important to take a refresher for your CITB qualification every five years in order to help you and your organisation achieve legal compliance for health and safety. This means that when you have all of your refresher certification up to date, you will be protected against legal action in the case of an accident. The SMSTS refresher course will update you on all changes in health and safety legislation, as well as best working practices and approved codes and safety standards.

Another reason is that, as human beings, we have a tendency to forget details over time. Be honest, do you really remember everything you learned in your original training course if it was several years ago? A refresher will give you a chance to study those important points again so that they are clear and fresh in your mind when you are on the job.

It is your on-going responsibility to ensure that you are kept up to date with the current health and safety issues and requirements in the industry.

If you are booking more than 6 people please contact us about our Group Bookings

Key Information.


► 2 days


► £225 + VAT


► Unit 3 James Yard, 480 Larkshall Road, London E4 9UA


► 5 Years