ADR Driver Training | Overview

If you are involved in the carriage of dangerous goods by road, ADR regulations apply to you

More and more goods previously outside the regulations now fall within their scope. In the majority of cases, drivers of vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes and over carrying dangerous goods require an ADR Certificate.

All drivers training courses must be approved by the DFT (Department for Transport) and authorised by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Transed Training is approved to undertake training/examinations in all of the following Modules, with the exception of Class 1 and Class 7. Drivers must complete a course and pass the relevant examinations (which must be taken en bloc at the end of the course) then one of the following:

  • Core Module (which is the basic, compulsory, part of the course, and is applicable to both Tankers and Packages)
  • Packaged Goods or Tanker Module (or both)
  • Than at least one class specific module for the type of dangerous goods carried. The optional modules currently available are:
    • Class 1 – Explosives – please ask for more details for this one
    • Class 2 – Gases
    • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
    • Class 4 – Flammable Solids
    • Class 5 – Oxidisers and organic peroxides
    • Class 6 – Toxic and Infectious substances
    • Class 7 – Radioactives – please ask for more details for this one
    • Class 8 – Corrosives
    • Class 9 – Miscellaneous

Generally speaking to obtain an ADR Certificate it is necessary to pass at least three of the above modules – e.g. Core, Tanks / Packages, and one Class of chemical. It is also important to remember that when carrying dangerous goods under the regulations, you must be in possession of an ADR certificate – and it will be approximately 4-6 weeks after you have completed your training course before your certificate is issued by the SQA.

As you may be aware part of the ADR training may be counted towards the Driver CPC, up to 21 hours (3 days) on a packages course and up to  28 hrs (4 days) on a Tanker course of the initial/refresher training.

Should you wish the training to be counted towards the drivers CPC there will be an small additional charge per 7 hour block to cover the fees involved in registering the individual with JAUPT.