When Do Your Employees Need SMSTS Refresher Training?

Certification lasts for five years, but refresher training is recommended every three years.

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme is an industry recognised course that ensures compliance with all today’s legislative Health and Safety demands.

Statistics recently released by the Health and Safety Executive confirmed what the construction industry has intuitively known for some time – that the UK is a world leader in the implementation of Health and Safety practices.

Inevitably, this laudable position has not come about without significant legislation. The construction industry is statistically the most high-risk profession in terms of employee injuries, and is regulated accordingly. It is, therefore, particularly important that businesses working in this sector understand and comply with the rules.

Conducting site risk assessments, displaying the correct warning signs and ensuring personnel are adequately trained are all key to maintaining a robust culture of Health and Safety, ensuring that employees are safe, your business is in compliance and the UK’s position as a trailblazer in Health and Safety is maintained.

What is SMSTS?

The Site Management Safety Training Scheme is a five-day course aimed at Site Managers, Agents and anybody who is, or is going to be, responsible for planning, organising, monitoring, controlling and administering other personnel and groups of workers.

This course covers the relevant legislation and other important considerations that relate to safe working practices in the building, construction and civil engineering industries.

What does the course involve?

Participants are taught all they need to know in order to effectively enforce their health and safety code of practice onsite in the real world. This includes the importance of carrying out risk assessments in the workplace and tools to manage and monitor the numerous hazards that those working within the construction industry encounter every day.

There are a number of workshop sessions on specific areas that carry their own unique risks, including working with scaffolding, electricity, in confined spaces and performing excavation work.


Attendees will become familiar with the following important pieces of HSE legislation:

  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Reporting of Injuries Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995
  • Provision & Use of Work Equipment 1998
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Working at Height Regulations 2005
  • Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006
  • Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

Assessment and Certification

Course assessment is through a combination of core exercises and a final multiple-choice examination.

Participants receive their Construction Site Manager’s Safety Certificate on successful completion of the course. Note that for successful completion, attendance is mandatory at all sessions and workshops.

Refresher Training

The Certificate remains valid for five years. However, Health and Safety legislation is constantly changing and evolving, as are the technologies and methodologies employed in the construction, building and civil engineering sectors.

For these reasons, it is considered best practice for everyone to undertake an SMSTS Refresher Course no later than three years after completing the full training course.

Stay on top of the world

The UK is justifiably proud of its world-leading position in Health and Safety. Keep your employees safe, your business in compliance and the UK on top of the world rankings by booking SMSTS refresher training today!