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Training Courses for Construction Workers

2nd March 2016

There are many different jobs that are involved in a construction site, some are getting your hands dirty, some are more managerial, but all are essential. For every different type of job that can be found working on a construction site, there is always a training course that can be sat. So which courses are best suited to which worker?

CSCS Card and Test

Most people reading this will know what a CSCS card is, but for those who don’t know it stands for Construction Skills Certification Scheme. Anybody who works on a construction site, from visitors to managers, needs to have a CSCS card. There are varying levels of CSCS cards, ranging in colours from green to black. The purpose of CSCS cards is to prove that an individual working on a construction site has the appropriate training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out. To gain the CSCS card you will have to take the CITB Health and Safety course mentioned below, then complete a basic touch screen exam. Once completed and passed, you will have to apply for the card at CSCS contact centre. For more information on CSCS cards, visit here.

CITB Health and Safety Awareness

The CITB Health and Safety Awareness course gives all workers within the construction industry an understanding of the potential hazards of working on a construction site and what they can do to ensure that their workplace is as safe as possible. This course is a one day basic introduction to health and safety on site, which consists of a classroom based discussion and individual/group presentations. All delegates will then be assessed with 25 multiple choice questions. See here for more information on this course.


SSSTS stands for Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme. This is a two day course which offers an introduction to health and safety, environmental and welfare issues for those who require an understanding of their legal responsibilities in terms of their work activities. This is aimed towards Site Supervisors and people who are about to take on a supervisory role. The aim of the course is to ensure that those given supervisory responsibilities understand exactly why they are carrying out their duties, what is expected of them and also to ensure that they contribute to the safety of the workplace. Find out more on the contents of this course.


SMSTS is similar to SSSTS, although it is much more in depth. It stands for Site Management Safety Training Scheme and is intended for Site Managers. This is a five day course which demonstrates how to meet the demand for evidence of thorough health and safety management on site. If successful, you will gain knowledge in the Health and Safety at Work Act, CDM Regulations 2014, site set-up, risk assessments/method statements, working at height, scaffolding, electricity, excavations, demolition and confined spaces and more. Assessment will be carried out throughout the training, but you will be required to display a presentation and also complete an examination. See here for more information on what this course includes.

Asbestos Awareness

Asbestos Awareness is a very rewarding course for anyone working on a construction project. If you are working on any sort of refurbishment job, especially on buildings that were constructed in the 1980’s and earlier, you are advised to attend an Asbestos Awareness course. By the end of the course you will have an understanding of the dangers of asbestos and how it affects the industry, be able to identify what materials asbestos could be used in and also where to find asbestos. You will have a greater understanding of the health risks, hazards and procedures involved in working in proximity of asbestos. See here for more information on the Asbestos Awareness course.

3B Training

These courses are just a selection of courses available for people working within the construction industry. All of the above courses and more are available on the 3B Training website, where you can book online.

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