When you’re looking for a role in construction, particularly a site manager role, many clients will want someone who holds the Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) qualification. The 5 day course established by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is aimed at site managers and supervisors, project managers, as well as business managers and owners who have site management responsibilities.
If you’re looking for a new role you might be considering studying for the qualification to give you a head start on the competition, particularly if you’re looking to take the step up to Site Manager. Here are four benefits we see for studying for the SMSTS qualification:
1) It’s a Recognised Qualification
Perhaps one of the most important aspects of any qualification is how widely it is recognised within the industry. SMSTS has an excellent reputation within construction, and is widely acknowledged by professionals due to the hands on way of learning and the content covered within the course. When you attend you know you’re investing your money in a qualification that will make a difference to your day to day job as well as your future progression.
2) The Course Content is Relevant
As the course is tailored for those with responsibility for constructions sites, all the content will be relevant, so you won’t feel like you’re wasting your time. The course covers the relevant regulations surrounding the Health and Safety at Work Act and the Construction Design and Management Regulations (CDM). It also covers the issues with working in confined spaces, working at height as well as how to carry out an effective risk assessment.
The course content is interactive allowing you to develop hands on skills through case studies, group work and individual study. You are assessed throughout the course and also required to complete a multiple choice test before receiving your certificate.
3) You Can Refresh Your Qualification Easily
Once you’ve completed the course you’ll be the proud owner of a CITB renewable 5 year Site Safety Plus certificate. The best part is when it’s close to expiring you don’t need to attend the full course again. CITB instead run a refresher course that lasts just two days.
During the 2 day SMSTS course you’ll refresh your skills and update your knowledge around the relevant regulations, which could have changed since you last completed your qualification. The course format is similar and you’re assessed throughout your time on the course as well as, again, through a multiple choice test. Once complete you have another five years on your SMSTS qualification.
4) Improves Career Prospects
When you’re looking for a position as a site manager or supervisor then take the time to look at the requirements of the role. Though the SMSTS qualification is not a legal requirement as a site manager, you will see employers stating that holding the qualification is an essential requirement for the post. If you’re currently employed then you could apply for your employer to fund the course
or of course choose to pay and attend independently. Whichever route you take it does seem like studying for the qualification will help you progress within your chosen career.
If you’re looking for a Site Manager role then here at CNM Recruitment we can help. We specialise in recruiting professionals in to the Construction industry and will work hard to find you the right opportunity. Call us or send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org