CITB Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course (TWSTC)


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This one-day Temporary Works Supervisor Training Course (TWSTC) is designed to help those on site who have responsibility for supervising all forms of temporary works. The course seeks to improve the knowledge of this role and the temporary works environment.

Temporary works are safety and business-critical and require careful co-ordination. An accepted way of achieving this is through the adoption of the management process outlined in BS 5975:2019, which introduces the Temporary Works Supervisor (TWS) as a key figure. This course explains the role and its overall management context.

Temporary works on both smaller and larger sites can be high risk activities. Therefore, understanding the essentials of good risk and safety management, as outlined in BS 5975:2019, is relevant for projects.

The course gives emphasis throughout to the importance of communication, co-ordination, co-operation and competency (the 4Cs), risk management, safety and business relations, allowing the TWS to:

  1. Understand the need for and duties of a TWS
  2. Understand the role of others
  3. Have a detailed knowledge and understanding of BS 5975 in respect of this role
Please download and complete this CITB TWS Pre-Course Experiential Learning Confirmation Form and upload it as one of your pre-requisites upon booking this course. Click here to download.

Course time: 8.30am start to 5pm

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Course Information

View our quick guide to Temporary Works and the role of the Temporary Works Supervisor.

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to focus on the risk management of temporary works with particular attention on the role of the TWS.

It seeks to consolidate and build on the risk-management knowledge that delegates undertaking this role will have established through other experiences on site (likely in other supervisory or management roles) and focus on how to avoid failure in temporary works by adopting appropriate procedural controls, as outlined in BS 5875:2019.

The TWSTC course will cover 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
  • The need for risk management

Entry Requirements

Delegates are expected to have a working knowledge of the following legislation:

  • Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007
  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998
  • The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992
  • The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992
  • The Work at Height Regulations 2005.

To further support delegates, both CITB and the TWf have created a temporary works awareness e-Learning course which provides a foundation of the points that will be expanded on in this course. It explores how health and safety legislation plays a pivotal role in temporary works, and how documents which are common to more generic construction activities are a useful aid for planning and the ongoing management and monitoring of temporary works. 

Both e-learning courses are free of charge:

Free of charge  – TWf E-Learning link –

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Note: This does not confirm competency as a TWC once delegates have successfully completed the course but is for the purposes of continuing professional development (CPD), and learners must be considered along with experience, skill, knowledge and behaviour.

Important Notes

  • The main aim of this course is to focus on the processes involved in temporary works, commonly with particular attention on the role of the TWS.
  • These courses are not temporary works technical awareness courses, although there are elements of technical awareness that are signposted throughout and that must be included in the course exercises.
  • Attendance does not confirm competency and behaviour as a TWS; this comes from a mixture of education, training and experience, and should be judged by an appropriate senior individual, usually referred to as the designated individual (DI).
  • Training is considered an essential element of TWS competence.

All training is conducted at our John Ryder Training Centre in Chertsey. Centre opening hours are 8am to 5.30pm, but this course commences at 9am and will finish at approx 5pm, unless otherwise stated in the joining instructions you receive.

Refreshments are included on all courses, but NO LUNCH is currently provided, but there are lots of lunch options within walking distance of the centre.

Please ensure you have read the joining instructions before arriving at our training centre. 

If you are travelling by road, Chertsey is served by both the M3 and M25. No parking is permitted on the grounds of the Centre, but there is sufficient free parking in and around Chertsey, all within walking distance.

For those using public transport, Chertsey is served by a good service from Waterloo, changing at Staines, Weybridge or Virginia Water for the Chertsey line. The station is approximately ten minutes walk from the Centre. 

If you are attending a two day course and require overnight accommodation, a local hotel list is available upon request.

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9 May 2024, 11 July 2024, 12 September 2024, 13 November 2024