What is SSSTS?

Do you need a qualification that proves you’re qualified for a site supervisor position? The CITB SSSTS is for you! In today’s blog, you will learn about how this training will help you prepare to become a construction site supervisor.

What does a site supervisor do?

  • Construction site supervisors have a variety of roles and responsibilities. While every workplace is different, site supervisors are generally responsible for supervising certain members of staff on a day-to-day basis. As part of the construction project, you may be assigned to a specific team or task.
  • Supervisors are usually under the guidance of a project manager, who is ultimately responsible for the project as a whole. Supervisors, however, will still have a great deal of responsibility to ensure that work is done on time, within budget, and to the level of quality expected by the company.
  • Supervisors are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of the workers they supervise. They are responsible for making sure staff work in a safe environment and abide by health and safety laws. Additionally, they may be asked to inspect the working environment regularly to spot potential safety hazards.

How to be a site supervisor in construction?

  • You won’t be able to apply to SSSTS if you have no experience as a site supervisor. It is not designed for those who are seeking their first supervisor jobs, but for those who want to prove and improve their supervisory abilities.
  • The best way to gain experience supervising construction sites is to start as a labourer and work your way up. If you demonstrate you are a reliable and effective worker in your role, your managers may decide to give you more responsibility on site, including some supervisory responsibilities. When this happens, you may consider completing SSSTS in order to prove your qualifications for the role.

What does SSSTS stand for?

  • SSSTS Stands for Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme. Any worker who has supervisory responsibilities on a construction site, or is about to have them, will benefit from this 2-day course. Supervisors need to be familiar with a range of health, safety, and environmental issues.
  • CITB, one of the foremost and most credible construction safety and health bodies, designed and accredited this site supervisor course. The qualification is recognized nationwide by employers in the construction industry and its associated industries.
  • After completing a SSSTS course, learners will be able to:
  •        What is expected of them on site
  •        Why they need to carry out their duties
  •        How they contribute to the safety of the workplace
  • PGL Midlands offers the CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme both remotely and face-to-face, depending on your preference. Our top-rated trainers deliver excellent learning with both methods.

Is the SSSTS course difficult?

  • You will have to complete two assessments at the end of your course: an exam and a trainer-reviewed case study exercise.
  • It consists of 25 multiple choice questions and three short written answers, with a total time limit of 30 minutes. If students want to pass their exam and complete the course, they must answer 80% of these questions correctly. If you scored over 70% on this exam, you may be able to retake it.
  • The assessments aren’t intended to trick learners. Participants who attend the full course will receive all the information and knowledge needed to pass the final exam. Passing the test shouldn’t be a problem as long as you engage in the learning. We at PGL Midlands are proud to boast high pass rates on this course.

How do I apply for a SSSTS card?

  • SSSTS does not have a physical card. A certificate will be issued to you upon completion of the course. You will be able to upload these certificates to the CSCS Card Checker , so you won’t need to carry physical certificates around with you.

How long does SSSTS last?

  • Your SSSTS certificate will be valid for 5 years after completion. If you wish to maintain your qualification, you must take the CITB Site Supervision Safety Training Scheme – Refresher course BEFORE your current qualification expires.
  • The purpose of the refresher course is for those who have previously completed SSSTS to refresh and update their knowledge. It can all be completed in one day, including the end of course exam. You will have to take the full SSSTS course again if you do not complete the refresher before your current qualification expires.
  • SSSTS refresher courses can also be taken online with video conferencing training and in person as well.

SSSTS – Whats next?

  • A SSSTS course opens up many opportunities for you to pursue a career in site supervision. By becoming a site manager, you can then advance your career further. If you become a site manager, you’ll have even more responsibilities on site, as well as an increased salary.
  • In order to become a full-time manager, you might consider completing a CITB Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course.

Get Your Training Done with PGL Midlands

  • What can PGL do for your training needs? Visit our online course index to view our complete list of courses, NVQs, and more! Our team is also available by phone if you call 0121 240 0375 –  You can also send us an email at info@pglmidlands.com.
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