ADR Training and Certification

ADR Driver Training Certificate

ADR training is typically broken up into modules (see below for more information regarding modules) and your choices will depend on the type of job you do or want to do and what hazardous materials you will be transporting.

At the end of the training, you will have to successfully complete an examination set and marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority covering the modules and classes you require.

The exams are in multiple choice format and you will need to get a pass of 70%. If you do fail a module then you will only be required to resit that one and not repeat all of them.

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#How long does ADR training last?

Full initial courses for only the ‘packages’ course take around 3.5 days and, if you incorporate the Tanks Module then you are looking at a total of 5 days.

If you are  looking to carry only one class of dangerous goods, e.g. a petrol tanker driver, then it may be possible to trim down the training time so you are only taught the Core and Packages/Tanks modules along with the class you require.

# CORE MODULE (for all drivers transporting dangerous goods) 
  • Checks (before, during and after the journey)
  • Documentation
  • Drivers duty to carry goods safely
  • Emergency and technical equipment on vehicles
  • Environmental protection & wastes
  • First aid, Accident procedure, Fire and Personal protective equipment
  • Law and Liability
  • Loading and unloading
  • Mixed loading and segregation
  • Relevant Regulations (including national & international)
  • Supervision and parking rules
#Packages Module ( for drivers who transport dangerous goods other than in tanks) 
  • Operating procedures
  • Loading and Unloading
  • Scope and Application of rules including load limits
  • Types of packaging
  • UN packaging scheme
#Tanks and Tank Container Module ( for drivers transporting dangerous goods in a tank)
  • Behaviour of tanks on the road
  • Cleaning of tanks
  • Definitions of tanks
  • Documentation
  • Methods of loading and unloading
  • Responsibilities of operator regarding training
  • Tank construction
  • Tank markings and labeling
  • Types of loads
  • Use of tanks
#Classes Modules
  • Class 1 – Explosives (specialist module)
  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 – Oxidising Agents
  • Class 6 – Toxic Substances
  • Class 7 – Radioactives (specialist module)
  • Class 8 – Corrosives
  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous

You can either take all these modules or you can pick which ones you require, and you will learn:

  • Characteristics of the substances and safety measures
  • Labelling and Marking
  • Nature of the hazard
  • Secondary Hazards
  • Segregation
  • Sources of information
  • UN numbers, classes and packing groups


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