ADR Dangerous Goods Driver Training and Driver CPC Training


To carry dangerous goods in packages which exceed certain threshold limits or in tanks, in any quantity, a driver must attend an approved ADR training course and pass certain exams.  Exams consist of multiple choice questions only and do not involve essays or any other writing.  For example, a question could be along the following lines:

What is the main colour of a flammable liquid label?

  1. a)  Orange
    b)  White
    c)  Red
    d)  Red and yellow

Answer one only                     a)         b)         c)         d)

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There are several modules, or parts, which make up an ADR training course:

  • Core
  • Packages (which includes carriage in bulk)
  • Tanks
  • Nine different classes of dangerous goods

The Core module is compulsory, followed by a choice of Packages, or Tanks, or both, then at least one of the nine classes.

A driver must pass the exams for the Core module, the Packages or Tanks module and at least one Class module.  Following this, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will issue a driver with an ADR Training Certificate.

An ADR Training Certificate is a plastic photo card, the same size as a credit-card and is valid for five years from the date of issue.  An ADR Training Certificate may be extended for a further 5 years after its expiry date if a driver attends an ADR refresher training course in the final 12 months before the expiry date of the certificate, provided that 5 weeks are still left to run on the certificate.

Where eligible, a driver may refresh an ADR Training Certificate on an initial ADR training course.

ADR driver training is managed by the SQA as Appointed Agents to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland respectively.

Driver CPC

A professional lorry driver or bus driver must have a Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (DCPC).  A new driver will get a DCPC following successful completion of all 4 parts of the initial qualification.  For more details, go to

To keep the DCPC, all drivers must attend 35 hours of periodic training every 5 years.  The whole 35 hours may be taken in one course or, alternatively, in separate courses of 7 hours each, spread over the 5 year period.

In the UK, DCPC is managed by the Joint Approvals Unit for Periodic Training (JAUPT) under a service level agreement with the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency and, in Northern Ireland, the Driver and Vehicle Agency.

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