SMSTS Test Questions: All Your Queries About SMSTS answered
The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is often referred to as a test, when in fact it’s a training scheme. The scheme is designed to give site managers an understanding of the health and safety issues present on a construction site, and a toolkit with which to address those issues. A pass in the scheme results in the award of a five-year certificate, which must be renewed at the end of this period to account for any changes in law or best practice. We’ve answered the most common SMSTS test questions you have below:
Do I become a Site Manager once I have passed the SMSTS?
No. The SMSTS gives you a qualification if you successfully pass the course, but that qualification doesn’t make you a Site Manager. It proves you’ve been trained in current best practice for organising the health and safety considerations of a construction site. Think of it as a professional training course: designed to make you better at what you already do, rather than to qualify you to do it.
Do I need a CSCS card to do the SMSTS course?
No, but you do need a CSCS card to become a Site Manager. Application for a CSCS Manager’s Card is normally dependent on having a high NVQ level.
What are the SMSTS test questions like?
Again, please note that while the SMSTS contains a test, having the SMSTS certificate does not prove that you’ve passed a test to become a Site Manager. The SMSTS test questions are multiple choice, and are designed to reflect the knowledge you’ve gained over the five day course (for your initial SMSTS certificate), or your two day refresher (if you’re renewing).
So why should I go on the SMSTS course?
SMSTS is all about making you a better Site Manager. It’s a professional training scheme, and gives you extra health and safety knowledge applicable to running the best and safest sites possible. With the SMSTS certificate in your office, you’re able to prove current knowledge of health and safety management in all the major areas; including risk assessments, method statements, scaffolding, construction design and management (CDM), demolition and excavation.
Do I have to renew an expired CSCS Card if I have a valid SMSTS certificate?
Yes. The SMSTS certificate does not certify you for competence and experience in Site Management, whereas your CSCS Card does.
What can I expect from the five day course?
The precise running order of the five day SMSTS course may change slightly between providers. Overall, however, you’ll be learning assessment and health and safety management skills in four key areas: what the law says now, what your responsibilities are, how those responsibilities are affected when you have contractors on site and how to monitor health and safety. You’ll learn through lectures, exercises and reports. Expect to do at least three exercises before you answer your final SMSTS test questions for real. All the answers to the questions are found in the course materials you’re provided with when you attend.
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