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CITB Temporary Works Supervisor – TWSTC

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CITB Temporary Works Supervisor – TWSTC

Qualification Title

CITB - Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course


Those responsible for supervising all forms of temporary works during the installation, use, maintenance and dismantling procedures.

Total Qual. Time

1 Day

Entry requirements

As a training provider, it is our responsibility to determine whether a learner is appropriate to attend the course. Learners will need to complete an Accreditation of prior experiential learning form (APEL) before attending the course
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About The Course

The 1-day CITB temporary works supervisor course is for anyone who currently or intends to supervise temporary works. This course is not a general awareness course, its main focus is teaching the roles and responsibilities of the temporary works supervisor in compliance with BS 5975 – the code of practice for temporary works.
The temporary works Supervisor training course will outline the key role of temporary works supervision and the management systems used to supervise temporary works while also ensuring that everything is operating in a safe and efficient manner. The learners will be taught the importance of Communication, coordination, cooperation and competency (The 4C’s), in addition to this the course ensures that the learners are familiar with BS5975, which gives guidelines on controls for how temporary works should be managed and supervised effectively and the key role of temporary works supervision.
This course will cover 5 modules of temporary works risk management to assist you through the Planning, Design and implementation stages, this will include identifying temporary works, preparing design briefs and establishing design check categories, Risk classification, permits, temporary works registers, design check certification, experience checks and all this encompasses the role of Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS).
• Module 1 – What are temporary works?
• Module 2 – The history of temporary works
• Module 3 – Who is involved with temporary works
• Module 4 – Planning temporary works
• Module 5 – Managing the construction, erection and dismantling of temporary works

Please note: this course alone does not prove competency as a Temporary Works Supervisor. This comes from a mixture of education, training and experience and should be judged by an appropriate individual.

Course Content

This course is endorsed by the Temporary Works Forum and HSE, upon completion of the course candidates will have covered the following topics:
the need for and duties of a TWS
the other key roles involved in temporary works
the use of BS 5975:2019 in relation to the role
typical documents used in temporary works
other legislation and guidance that interact with temporary works
the importance of the 4Cs: communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competence
be able to communicate effectively in the workplace.

Frequently asked questions about CITB Temporary Works Supervisor – TWSTC

Are there any entry requirements for attending the temporary works supervisor course?

As on entry requirement learners should fill in and submit the form Link below:
(APEL) Form
learners should also have a working knowledge of current health and safety legislation, those who have attended and passed a Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) or, Site Managers Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) course or relevant refresher, will have gained the knowledge to meet the expectations of the course, but it’s not a mandatory requirement to have achieved the SMSTS or SSSTS to be able to attend this course.

Is there a temporary works supervisor refresher course if I have attended a temporary works supervisor course before?

No, if you currently hold a CITB temporary works supervisor qualification to retain this you will have to attend a one-day CITB temporary works supervisor training course again before the expiration of your current certificate, which lasts 5 years.

Do I have to pass an exam for the temporary works supervisor course?

Yes, there is a mandatory end-of-course exam, plus you will be required to complete the mandatory exercises given to you by your tutor during the course, the tutor will also have to review your involvement during the course to ensure full understanding of the temporary works management procedures.

Will I receive any learning material for the temporary works Supervisor course?

Yes, you will receive a course workbook which will provide you with all the details of Temporary works management, including example templates of control documentation used in the management of temporary works, this is sent with your course joining information once registered on the course.

Once I have completed the temporary works supervisor course, will I be competent to carry out this role?

This training does not guarantee competence, we will provide you with the knowledge to be able to manage temporary works, but competence relies on Skills, Knowledge and Experience. Experience is gained over time in the position of the supervisor role, you should be supervised by an experienced person whilst undertaking these duties until relevant industry experience is achieved.

Is the Temporary works supervisor course suitable for a Principal Contractors (PC) or Sub-contractors’ temporary works supervisors?

Yes, the course will cover the requirements from the perspective of the Principal Contractors (PC) or Sub-contractor.

Can I take this course online (remotely) or in a classroom?

This course can be done online from the comfort of any location but does rely on a reliable Wi-Fi connection it is also recommend that the course is accessed remotely using a laptop and not a tablet or phone.
This course can also be taken in a classroom, workforce skills support can also offer dedicated courses to customers at their own business premises or location of choice (Nationwide).
Both styles of course delivery will be presented by one of our highly qualified health and safety tutors who will provide full support throughout the course.

How long does my CITB temporary works supervisor certificate last when I have passed the course?

5 years, to keep your certification valid you will have to attend another course before your current certificate expires.

Is there any other way I can prepare myself for the temporary works supervisor course?

Yes, CITB offer a free online training course which is the “Temporary Works General Awareness Training Course” (TWGATC) this is a free of charge eCourse which will be live w/c 20th February 2023 and can be accessed via the link below:
CITB E - learning TWGATC

How do I know I will be taught the temporary works Supervisor course by a competent tutor?

Our tutors must meet the CITB requirements and be registered with CITB to be able to deliver this course and the tutor must hold the following accreditations:

• be a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (MICE/FICE)
• be a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers
• be a member of the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE).
• be registered with the Engineering Council.

Grant Claims

The Temporary Works Supervisor course is eligible for a Tier 1 Grant claim, this grant can only be claimed once per candidate per lifetime and the grant does not renew.

If dates are required for a classroom version of this course please contact us on 01623 287830 For Availability
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