Introduction ADR Training

ADR – Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road

The Initial ADR Course can count towards 21 hours of the Driver CPC Periodic training

ADR Training course details
A driver transporting dangerous goods by road in most tankers, large tank containers, in bulk or in packages over a given amount, can only do so if in possession of an ADR licence. The ADR licence can be obtained for either ‘Packaged Goods’ or for ‘Tanks’.
In order to gain the Driver Vocational Training Certificate, candidates must pass the examinations for a minimum of three modules; ie. the core module – either packaged goods or tank module – and at least one of the nine hazard classes. Additional classes may be taken at any time during the five-year validation period of the original certificate and will be added to a replacement certificate. These additional classes will expire at the same time as the original certificate.

Some examples
A petrol tanker driver would take Core, Tanks and Class 3
A driver delivering LPG cylinders would need Core, Packages and Class 2
A general delivery/collection driver would need Core, Packages and, dependant on the goods carried, some or all of the Classes.
Initially, a driver must attend a Department for Transport approved course and pass SQA exams to obtain an ADR licence.
ADR training courses are taught at our training centre in Bristol or ADR training can be provided on-site at suitable locations all over the country.

The Packaged Goods Module 

This course lasts for 3.5 days (if all classes are taken) and covers the following modules:


  • Packaged Goods
  • Class 2 Gases
  • Class 3 Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 Flammable Substances
  • Class 5 Oxidizing Agents, Organic Peroxides
  • Class 6 Toxics, Infectious Substances
  • Class 8 Corrosives
  • Class 9 Misc. Hazardous Substances and Articles

The Tanker Module

This course can be taken as a 1.5-day extension to a Packaged Goods course or on a stand-alone basis.

If taken separately, the following modules are needed:
  • Core
  • Tanks
  • A minimum of one Hazardous Class


A driver currently holding an ADR licence can, at any time from the end of the 4th year, undertake a refresher course allowing them to obtain a further 5 year ADR certificate. The refresher training should be carried out at least 3 months before the licence expiry date. The refresher courses cover the same units as the initial packages and initial tanks and packages courses but are shorter in length.

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ADR Course Dates

ADR – Core, Packages + 7 classes

ADR 2020

16th – 19th March 2020

 20th – 23rd April 2020

11th – 14th May 2020

15th – 18th June 2020 

13th – 16th July 2020

24th – 27th August 2020

14th – 17th September 2020

ADR – add-on Tanker module only

ADR 2020

19th & 20th March 2020

23rd & 24th April 2020 

14th & 15th May 2020

18th & 19th June 2020

16th & 17th July 2020

27th & 28th August 2020

17th & 18th September 2020

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Hazard Awareness Training


The purpose of the Hazard awareness module is to comply with the legal requirements of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations 1996 (as amended 1999) known as CDGRoad for short, which requires that people other than drivers involved in the movement of dangerous goods receive basic training in the subject. The thrust of the training should be aimed at the candidate’s particular function.

The law requires that this training is confirmed by certification and is noted on the individual’s training record. This certificate is valid for 5 years. Of necessity, the course gives a very quick overview of the requirements for the handling of dangerous goods, but although it is brief, it is a requirement of the Regulations that relevant staff receive this training.


  • A general overview of the United Nations Hazard Classification system, recognition symbols and so forth
  • A thumbnail sketch of the various carriage regulations
  • Areas of responsibility for the various people involved in the operation
  • Some of the safety related issues to cover the safe storage and shipment of Dangerous Goods
  • Packaging requirements and package and vehicle marking
  • Documentary requirements
  • Environmental considerations and journey planning
  • Basic properties of the various classes of Dangerous Goods

Duration – 5 hours

Aimed at Consignors, vehicle operators, traffic office staff, warehouse staff, forklift truck operators and those loading and unloading dangerous goods vehicles etc.

The dates, times and venue of courses can be arranged to suit your particular work environment, dependent upon instructor availability or attendees can attend on dates specified below.

Individual attendance certificates are supplied as evidence of formal training.

Group bookings available


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