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First to deliver Emergency CITB Courses Remotely Online

Due to the current COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, class based training courses were suspended with the Governments lockdown measures.
However the SSSTS Refresher and SMSTS Refresher was needed by anyone holding a valid SMSTS certificate or SSSTS certificate who need to complete their refresher before the certificate expires.

CITB announced their COVID-19 Emergency Measures

Responding to the crisis, CITB announced their COVID-19 Emergency Measures early April, allowing Authorised Training Organisations to deliver SMSTS and SSSTS Refresher Courses remotely online. RISK were the first ATO in the country to respond and deliver, providing vital feedback to the CITB on what went well and dispelling fears it couldn't be done. Working closely with CITB, RISK adapted the SSSTS and SMSTS Refresher Courses, so they could be delivered remotely via video conferencing. This included adapting the exams so they could be taken with the vigilance and authenticity as in the classroom.

Feedback has been very positive and was then extended to the SMSTS and SSSTS courses

Based upon the success of the refresher courses, CITB extended the remote online training to the full SMSTS and SSSTS courses. By adapting their SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses - CITB helped the construction industry reboot. This remote delivery of training for SMSTS, SSSTS and refresher courses has proved so successful it's thought by many in the industry to be another step forward in the digitisation revolution currently sweeping construction.

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