January 2018 CITB released significant changes to the Site Safety Plus courses and Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E). These CITB changes impact the delegate requirements, course standards and exam criteria for the RISK SMSTS Guaranteed Pass Scheme in three core areas:
#1 - CITB Pre-course SMSTS Delegate Assessment Criteria
SMSTS delegates must have the...
- physical ability
- communication skills
- and the required experience and skills
...to ensure they are competent to attend and complete the SMSTS course.
CITB request the Approved Training Organisation (ATO) conduct a pre-assessment of the delegate.
The criteria for this is set out above, however, as many delegates are booked directly on to courses via a training manager, it's difficult to control or apply fairly and consistently pre-course.
RISK have developed a process which incorporates an initial induction paper which acts to perform the ‘pre-course’ assessment and highlight the relevant details of the RISK SMSTS Guaranteed Pass Scheme. It includes the specific criteria of the SMSTS course and what’s expected of the delegate in relation to learning the materials; together with T&C’s of the RISK SMSTS Guaranteed Pass Scheme – all clearly set out within this short pre-course induction. However, the greatest impact is in the number of times a delegate can attempt to re-sit the whole course whilst still being deemed to meet the CITB Pre-course SMSTS Delegate Assessment Criteria.
Three Strikes Rule
RISK believe if a delegate has had three re-takes of the whole SMSTS course - and upto six failures - it is fair to assume they are not suitable or do not meet the CITB delegate standard specified for this course.
Just to be 100% clear on this matter - here's how the Three Strikes Rule works:
Strike #1 - The Original SMSTS Course is taken and the delegate fails the exam for a first time
Delegate offered an immediate FREE re-sit* with a different exam paper on the same day or chooses to attend a re-sit within 90 days of their original exam, at a cost of £50.00+vat should the delegate fail a second time.
Strike #2 - Delegate re-sits the full five day course and fails a third time (£50.00+vat for exam and administration)
Delegate offered an immediate FREE re-sit* with a different exam paper on the same day or chooses to attend a re-sit within 90 days of their 'Strike #2 -exam', at a cost of £50.00+vat should the delegate fail a fourth time.
Strike #3 - Delegate re-sits the full five day course and fails a fifth time (£50.00+vat for exam and administration)
Delegate offered an immediate FREE re-sit* with a different exam paper on the same day or chooses to attend a re-sit within 90 days of their 'Strike #3 -exam', at a cost of £50.00+vat should the delegate fail a sixth time.
*Only offered if delegate has failed initial exam but achieved 69% or greater.
Please Note: The re-sits must all take place within a 12 month period of the original SMSTS course exam taken. The Guaranteed Pass Scheme becomes invalid upon the 1 year anniversary of the original SMSTS course taken.
#2 - CITB SMSTS Course Requirements
- The SMSTS Course must be taught in English.
- All delegates must present photographic ID on the day of the SMSTS course exam. (Driving License, Passport or other official photographic ID will be accepted. Failure to present on the day of your exam will mean you will not be able to sit the exam and your RISK SMSTS Guaranteed Pass Scheme becomes invalid).
- All SMSTS Course sessions must be attended in sequence and without full attendance the certificate cannot be awarded. (View SMSTS Course Agenda - this applies to block or day release courses).
#3 - CITB SMSTS Exam Requirements
Delegates are allocated 30 minutes to complete the exam, consisting of:
- 20 multiple choice questions including 5 safety critical questions which must all be answered correctly to pass
- 5 written answer questions
- A resit is only offered if delegate has failed initial exam but achieved 69% or greater.
Immediately upon completion of the SMSTS exam, the RISK tutor marks all the delegates exam papers. If a delegate wishes to take up the CITB offer of an immediate 're-sit' FREE (with a different exam paper), they will be requested to wait for their mark and if they should have failed - they will be able to re-sit the exam that same afternoon.
View the full details on re-sitting just the SMSTS exam.
If the delegate fails twice, or fails to complete their re-sit within 90 days of their original exam date, they will need to re-take the whole SMSTS course. Failure to re-sit within 90 days of their original exam date, the RISK SMSTS Guaranteed Pass Scheme will become invalid.
View the full details on re-sitting the SMSTS Course and exam.