HS&E Test changes planned by CITB

The Health, Safety and Environment (HS&E) test for the construction industry is being updated on 26 June 2019, and from this date, the following changes will be introduced to the test:

Up to date with current practice and legislation

CITB has worked with construction health and safety managers and trainers to review all of the tests to ensure that questions have been updated in line with current legislation and fit the needs of workers and employers.

Level playing field

CITB worked closely with industry experts to ensure that all tests taken are of equal difficulty. The test will continue to provide a random combination of questions to an operative, but each combination will have the same level of difficulty.

One score to pass

Behavioural case studies have been removed from the test, meaning that there is now only one section of questions to score, making the scoring simpler to understand. The test will still examine whether operatives know the right behaviours to demonstrate in the job, but will be incorporated into the 50 test questions

New questions and a new style

New questions have been added across all tests to better cover the wide range of daily health, safety and environment tasks and responsibilities. A new drag and drop question style has been introduced to the Managers and Professionals (MAP) test, a format which helps test whether a candidate really knows the procedures for being safe on the job.

Clearer instructions

Feedback from test centres indicated that many workers struggled with the instructions for using test equipment, so CITB has improved the on-screen tutorial so that candidates can now learn how to operate the equipment during the test.

Materials to revise, not memorise

Revision materials, such as DVDs, books, downloads and apps, have been updated to reflect all of the changes. The operative’s versions will now include explanatory text and images as well as questions and answers. For all tests on or after 26 June 2019 you will need the new 2019 versions. If you are taking the test before this date, you will need the 2018 versions.

You can find further information on CITB’s website

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