CITB Temporary Works Training: 5 Differences Between Online E-Learning vs Classroom Learning

Industry Training Services now offer CITB Temporary Works Co-Ordinator and Supervisor training remotely/virtually through online e-learning sessions, as well as face-to-face classroom training at our Portadown headquarters and in Dublin City University. Temporary Works training can also be delivered in-house at company premises across Ireland by our experienced CITB approved trainers.   

When deciding whether to undertake your TW training remotely or attend a classroom environment, there are key differences that you should consider prior to making your decision. However, it is important to be aware that whether undertaking training online or face-to-face, the CITB Temporary Works Co-Coordinator and Supervisor training framework adheres to the code of practice for Temporary Works procedure, British Standard 5975 (BS5975) and provides a detailed understanding and knowledge in respect to both TW roles.

1. Online or virtual training can be undertaken from the comfort of your own home or office.

TW training is available to candidates anywhere in the world, regardless of differences in time zones or locations. However, the courses adhere to BS5975 and are delivered by qualified, industry-focused trainers with significant experience. Both classroom and online training is delivered in English language and trainees must have a good understanding of spoken and written English. If choosing e-learning, it is important you have a suitable PC, laptop or tablet with reliable, high speed internet connection with video and audio options. It is also advisable to undertake your training in a quiet, uninterrupted space. Prior to the commencement of the course, you will receive a ZOOM link plus additional information and resources regarding the course. It is your responsibility to ensure you are connected to the course and prepared to commence the training. Some individuals may have never undertaken an online course and may find this option daunting, whereas others may prefer to work alone and can focus on the training without the extra connections classroom based learning offers.

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2. Not Tech Savvy?
Poor Internet Never fear…

If you are not tech savvy or have a poor Internet connection, perhaps due to living in a rural location, you may prefer to visit a classroom where you can experience face-to-face learning. You can visit our headquarters in Portadown, Co.Armagh or undertake our TW courses in Dublin City University (Glasnevin Campus). Some people may feel they gain a greater experience in a group-learning environment and can engage further with trainers as well as interact with other candidates with additional networking opportunities available. 

3. Whether you are attending training virtually or classroom based learning, you must attend all learning sessions and complete the exam at the end of the course. Both courses have the same duration, TW Supervisor consists of one day training and TW Co-Ordinator is two days of training. The content delivered through e-learning is exactly the same as the classroom based teaching. Failure to attend all sections of training will result in failure of the course.

4. The certification you receive following the successful completion of your training via virtual learning is exactly the same as the certification issued after successful completion of classroom based training. For candidates undertaking training in the South of Ireland, both TW courses contribute to CPD points as ITS are registered with the Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI).

5. While the pandemic certainly developed a new online teaching model, it isn’t always an easy choice choosing between classroom vs. e-learning. While classroom training involves face-to-face interaction among students, trainers and colleagues with the opportunity to participate, converse and share experiences. On the other hand, virtual or remote training requires individuals to be self-motivated, structured and committed to the training but have the flexibility to complete training from any location without the need to travel or distractions that can occur in classroom based learning.


Whichever form of learning you choose, it is vital to understand the importance of Temporary Works training and the responsibilities that co-ordinator and supervisory roles have. Co-ordination of temporary works is a much wider role and includes planning plus responsibility for managing all forms of temporary works. It is designed specifically for those engaging with contactors and provides an understanding of BS5975, statutory aspects of TW, risk assessments and method statements.

Full details of the TW Co-Ordinator training available here: https://www.industrytrainingservices.com/course/citb-temporary-works-co-ordinator/

The supervisor course will allow candidates to gain knowledge and skills in areas including risk management, roles and responsibilities of TWS, the importance of the 4S’s and an understanding of relevant aspects of BS5975: 2008+A1 :2011.

Further information on TW Supervisor training available here: https://www.industrytrainingservices.com/course/citb-temporary-works-supervisor/

Contact Industry Training Services

For further enquires on our range of Temporary Works training or to arrange a booking,
please contact us on:


NI 028 3839 8700
Dublin: 01 891 6105
email [email protected].

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