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Environmental supervision in construction training - SSP


Also known as Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS) and Introduction to environmental awareness in construction training. The purpose of this standard is to ensure the learner will know how to manage, protect, mitigate and improve environmental aspects of construction sites and surrounding areas and to learn the impact construction has on the environment.


Minimum 1 day of 6 learning hours


On completion of this standard the delegate will know how to manage, protect, mitigate and improve environmental aspects of construction sites and surrounding areas. Delegates will learn the impact construction has on the environment.


  • sustainable construction and the environment
  • environmental management systems
  • energy management
  • archaeology and heritage
  • ecology and biodiversity
  • statutory nuisance
  • water protection and management
  • resource efficiency
  • soil management and contamination control
  • waste management.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • supervision

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard. However, a basic knowledge of environmental issues, terminology and procedures would be beneficial. 

Attending a course developed from the standard Environmental awareness in construction may be beneficial.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • successfully completed training to this standard 
  • at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
  • a verifiable CV.

In addition, they must hold at least one of the following:

  • a degree in an Environmental or Sustainability discipline
  • NVQ/SVQ Level 3/4 in Environmental Management
  • NEBOSH Environmental Diploma
  • Associate Membership of IEMA.


Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment.

All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:

  • classroom
  • remote learning
  • a blend of classroom and remote learning

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more theoretical learning.


For the successful completion of training, candidates must complete an end of course practical assessment or knowledge test that measures the learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.

Quality assurance

CITB will gain assurance through the third party’s quality arrangements.

Approved Training Organisations (ATOs) will be required to supply confirmation of approval (centre approval and scheme approval) with the related third party awarding organisation or body. In most cases this will be an approval certificate provided by the third party awarding organisation or body, listing the routes, qualifications and categories they are approved to deliver. In addition, a copy of the most recent external quality assurance monitoring report will be required, relating to the standard that you wish to be approved for.

This information will be reviewed by CITB’s quality assurance team. Approval will be subject to the required third party documentation being supplied by you. As part of the quality assurance checks, CITB may confirm the accuracy of documentation with the issuing organisation.


Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a renewal of his/her training (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

October 2019

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 year(s) from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to:

  • State what sustainable development is, and how the construction industry plays a part in achieving it.
  • Identify regulations, activities, certification schemes, examples of low carbon renewable sources for heat and examples of energy-efficient approaches
  • Identify key stakeholders with specific environmental responsibilities and state the principles of environmental policy
  • List the benefits of the environmental management system (EMS) in relation to efficiency targets and protection of the environment
  • Outline control measures for managing archaeology and heritage and explain why it is important to protect them
  • Identify elements of the heritage environment that are offered protection under legislation, the consequences of non-compliance and the risks associated with legacy building materials
  • State how to manage ecology on site, how designated sites are used and ecology needs to be considered early in the project lifecycle
  • Explain actions that promote and enhance biodiversity and avoid negative impacts from development work
  • Describe the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats, the legislation protecting wildlife, and the difference between endangered, protected and priority species
  • Outline locations where wildlife may be found and the requirements of legislation covering their protection
  • State why trees and hedgerows are important and the key legislation covering the protection of tress and hedgerows
  • Describe what invasive species are and the control measures that support their effective management
  • Describe what constitutes a statutory nuisance and how nuisance on site can be avoided
  • State the key responsibilities of Local Authorities and Environment Agencies in the management of air quality
  • Describe how to manage the environmental impact of air pollution on site
  • Outline methods of controlling noise and vibration to minimise impact on the environment
  • Describe how to minimise the impact of light pollution on the environment
  • Explain why community liaison is good for business
  • Outline the importance of taking care of water, protecting against pollution from construction activities and actions to manage water leaving site
  • Compare the difference between dewatering and abstraction, and know how to obtain a licence and why monitoring water volumes is important
  • State what contaminated water is, know methods of managing it, and identify key regulations that control water discharge
  • Identify the factors to be considered when setting up site and the control measures to prevent water pollution
  • Outline the processes, actions and responses that support pollution avoidance
  • State the impacts of construction on natural resources and explain how good management supports efficient resource management
  • Outline the importance and purpose of sourcing timber responsibly and ethically
  • Outline what constitutes contaminated land, how it can be identified and how contamination may have occurred
  • Identify sites that may contain contaminates and actions when excavating in these areas
  • Describe the positive and negative impacts of construction on the soil and why it important to protect it
  • Explain what waste is, how it can be managed and how to minimise creating waste on site
  • Outline the information requirements and benefits of implementing a site waste management plan
  • Identify the different categories and classes of waste and legislation governing waste in the UK
  • Outline the specific roles that have responsibilities for handling waste and the documentation that accompanies waste transfers
  • Describe how to manage hazardous waste and state the regulations that cover hazardous waste

Additional information related to this standard

This standard can be used to prepare for the environmental elements of the CITB Health, Safety and Environment test.

CITB Publications:

Construction Site Safety E: Environment, GE 700E