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Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS)

Improve your eco credentials with a 1-day course covering environmental issues for construction site supervisors.
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Course details

This one-day Site environmental awareness training scheme (SEATS) course is designed for those who have, or are about to acquire, supervisory responsibilities.

This one-day course is intended for those who are operating at supervisor level. The course covers all relevant legislation and other aspects that affect the environment in the building, construction and civil engineering industries. It will provide supervisors with a broad understanding of the environment and the issues construction sites’ face


To help construction supervisors to:

  • Supervise and protect the environment through legal provisions.
  • Protect the eco-system – the relationships and interactions between animals, plants (flora and fauna) and organisms and their environment.
  • Follow environmental management systems and processes to mitigate environmental damage play their part in reducing statutory nuisance and disturbance to neighbours.
  • Manage the impact that archaeology and heritage can have on construction.
  • Control water consumption and reduce the impact construction has on natural water supplies implement control measures to prevent the pollution of watercourses.
  • Identify ethically sourced timber though the chain-of-custody entering site identify, control and manage contamination on brownfield sites.
  • Classify, segregate and properly dispose of waste.
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, it has been developed for construction supervisors, so this should be considered before enrolling delegates on this course. Delegates must be competent in English at site supervisor level.


Assessment will be by an end of course examination and the trainer review. The delegate must pass the exam and pass both elements of the trainer review. We suggest you share this information with the delegates at the beginning of the course.

The examination demonstrates to external bodies that the certificate is only awarded to successful delegates following both an assessment and examination. The trainer review demonstrates engagement, collaborative working and listening skills – key elements of becoming an environmental supervisor.


The examination paper is compulsory and consists of 25 questions, selected by CITB, covering all aspects of the course. The examination pass mark is 80% (24 out of 30).

The paper consists of 22 multiple-choice questions and three short multiple-response questions. The multiple-choice questions are worth one point each. The multiple-response questions can score between one and three marks.

The examination paper forms part of the overall assessment of whether a delegate has successfully achieved a satisfactory level of understanding to be awarded the Site environmental awareness training scheme (SEATS) certificate. The examination lasts for 30 minutes and must be completed within this time.

Delegates are permitted to use Construction site safety – Environment (GE700Es) for the last 10 minutes of the examination.

Learning outcomes

Delegates taking the SEATS course should be able to achieve all the learning outcomes listed below by the end of the course.

Module 1 – Sustainable construction and the environment 1. Sustainability and the environment

State what sustainable development is, and how the construction industry plays a part in achieving it.

2. Regulations and activities supporting sustainable construction

Identify relevant regulations, activities, certification schemes, examples of low carbon renewable sources for heat and examples of energy-efficient approaches.

3. Environmental stakeholders and regulators

Identify key stakeholders with specific environmental responsibilities and state the principles of environmental policy.

Module 2 – Environmental management systems

1. Site environmental management systems

List the benefits of an environmental management system (EMS) in relation to efficiency targets and protection of the environment.

Module 3 – Archaeology and heritage

1. Archaeology and heritage

Outline control measures for managing archaeology and heritage and explain why it is important to protect them.

2. Protected monuments, buildings and sites

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.

Module 4 – Ecology and biodiversity

1. Ecology

State how to manage ecology on site, how designated sites are used and why ecology needs to be considered early in the project life cycle.

2. Biodiversity

Explain actions that promote and enhance biodiversity and avoid negative impacts from development work.

3. Endangered, protected and priority species and habitats

Describe the importance of protecting wildlife and their habitats, the legislation protecting wildlife, and the difference between endangered, protected and priority species.

4. Wildlife

Outline locations where wildlife may be found and the requirements of legislation covering their protection.

5. Tree and hedgerow protection

State why trees and hedgerows are important and the key legislation covering the protection of trees and hedgerows.

6. Invasive species

State what invasive species are and the control measures that support their effective management and disposal.

Module 5 – Statutory nuisance 1. Statutory nuisance

Describe what constitutes a statutory nuisance and how nuisance on site can be avoided.

2. Air quality

State the key responsibilities of Local Authorities and Environment Agencies in the management of air quality.

3. Air pollution

Describe how to manage the environmental impact of air pollution on site.

4. Noise and vibration

Outline methods of controlling noise and vibration to minimise their impact on the environment.

5. Light pollution

Describe how to minimise the impact of light pollution on the environment.

6. Community liaison

Explain why community liaison is good for business.

Module 6 – Water management and pollution control

1. Water management

Outline the importance of taking care of water, protecting against pollution from construction

activities and actions to manage water leaving site.

2. Dewatering and abstraction of water

Compare the difference between dewatering and abstraction and know how to obtain a licence and why monitoring water volumes is important.

3. Discharge

State what contaminated water is, know methods of managing it, and identify key regulations that control water discharge.

4. Pollution prevention

Identify the factors to be considered when setting up site and the control measures needed to prevent water pollution.

5. Pollution incident response plans

Outline the processes, actions and responses that support pollution avoidance.

Module 7 – Resource management

1. Resource efficiency

State the impacts of construction on natural resources and explain how good management supports efficient resource management.

2. Timber and chain of custody

Outline the importance and purpose of sourcing timber responsibly and ethically.

Module 8 – Soil management and contamination control

1. Contamination control

Outline what constitutes contaminated land, how it can be identified and how contamination may have occurred.

2. Contaminates

Identify sites that may contain contaminates and actions when excavating in these areas.

3. Soil management

Describe the positive and negative impacts of construction on the soil and why it is important to protect it.

Module 9 – Waste and material management 1. Waste

Explain what waste is, how it can be managed and how to minimise creating waste on site.

2. Site waste management plans

Outline the information requirements and the benefits of implementing a site waste management plan.

3. Describing and classifying waste

Identify the different categories and classes of waste and legislation governing waste in the UK.

4. Managing and transferring waste

Outline the specific roles that have responsibilities for handling waste and the documentation that accompanies waste transfers.

5. Management of hazardous waste

Describe how to manage hazardous waste and state the regulations that cover hazardous waste.

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We can deliver the training at our head office in Huddersfield. Please see the below information on how to find us. Or we can deliver on-site training, please contact us for more information.
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Huddersfield or contact us for on-site training.
A minimum of 4 delates are required. We can train up to 20 delegates at one time.
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Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme FAQs

Who is the Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme for?

The Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme has been developed for staff at a supervisory level. As such, it is recommended for anyone in or moving into a supervisor role at your company.
How long does it take?
SEATS is a one-day course, requiring 7 hours from participants.
What does SEATS cover?

This course helps supervisors make legal provisions to protect the environment, covering areas such as:

  • Environmental management systems and processes
  • Water consumption and watercourse protection
  • Reducing nuisance and disturbance
  • Ethical sourcing
  • Waste disposal and contamination management
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is made up of two elements – a trainer review and an examination. Firstly, trainers will review participants’ performance in group exercises as well as their engagement with the course and group.
At the end of the course, there will be a 30-minute examination with 22 multiple choice questions and 3 multi-response questions. A pass mark of 80% is required, along with passes in both areas of the trainer review.
What happens if I fail?

If you pass the trainer review and get 70% or more on your exam, you can re-sit on the same day or arrange to re-sit within 90 days. However, you’ll need to re-take the full course if you:

  • Score lower than 67%
  • Fail the trainer review
  • Fail your one available re-sit
Is it easier online?
Doing SEATS online might seem more convenient, but it’s no match for the insight, understanding and engagement you get with an in-person session. We deliver all training face-to-face in Huddersfield or on site, allowing our expert trainers to explain things in a way that’s relevant and personalised.
What will I get from the course?
If you successfully complete the course, you’ll get a SEATS certificate that’s valid for five years. Most importantly, you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the link between construction and the environment – and how to minimise your company’s impact.
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