July 30, 2015


ADR - Carriage Of Dangerous Goods

Pooles Training Courses in Dundee.

ADR - by popular demand we have revisited the enormous demand for ADR courses in Dundee. Following on from our fantastic growth into the Periodic Driver CPC training, and due to our professionalism and commitment to reasonable prices, we feel we can now provide the same professional approach to ADR training. Our ADR trainer has over 35 years experience in ADR and has been training ADR since 2003. Navigating above to "Course Dates" will allow you to see the dates we have organised for ADR over the next few months.

Professional drivers looking to further their career and improve their earning potential will undoubtedly look towards obtaining ADR entitlement, allowing them to transport hazardous goods. Drivers can’t legally do this on their HGV licence alone so ADR training with the accompanying coursework and exams are a necessity. Let’s look at how you go about attaining your ADR licence…In order to receive an ADR Vocational Training Certificate (VTC), drivers need to complete a series of mandatory modules and relevant classes, depending on which route they choose to take. They are:

  • Core – This is required by all drivers, regardless of what class of goods will be transported. This module will include topics such as first aid, fire and emergency procedures and legislation. The core element will be taught for a duration of 1.5 days, as part of any intensive course offered by an ADR training provider.
  • Tanker – For potential road tanker and tank container drivers.
  • Packaged Goods – This module is required by drivers of all packaged goods and includes dangerous loads within boxed vehicles, curtain siders and tippers.

Most training companies will offer, not only the tanker and packaged goods courses, but also a combined option where drivers will sit all three of the mandatory modules.

Generally, professional drivers who already hold entitlement to drive a category CE articulated or drawbar vehicle will opt for the combined module, while category C drivers will steer towards the packaged goods option.

Most approved training firms will offer some or all of the 9 available classes as listed below. As previously mentioned, drivers will need to pass the relevant classes in addition to the mandatory modules in order to receive their ADR VTC. Intensive training courses should allow a driver to sit and pass classes: 2,3,4,5,6,8 and 9.

Class 1: Explosives
Class 2: Gases
Class 3: Flammable Liquids
Class 4: Flammable Solids
Class 5: Oxidising Agents, Organic Peroxides
Class 6: Toxic/Infectious
Class 7: Radioactives
Class 8: Corrosives
Class 9: Miscellaneous

Class 1: explosives and class 7: radioactives aren’t included within an intensive course due to their longer duration. Students can expect to commit a full day to training in either of these classes due to their specialized content.  Pooles Training Courses ltd are approved to run explosives and radioactives class modules but run them as separate courses.

To summarise:

  • An intensive packaged goods course will include the mandatory core and packaged goods modules. It will also include classes: 2,3,4,5,6,8 and 9, along with the associated examinations. Approximate duration of course: 3.5 days.
  • An intensive tanker course will include the mandatory core and tanker modules. It will also include classes: 2,3,4,5,6,8 and 9, along with the associated examinations. Approximate duration of course: 5 days.
  • An intensive combined course will cover all three mandatory modules (core, packaged goods and tanker). It will also include classes: 2,3,4,5,6,8 and 9, along with the associated examinations. Approximate duration of course: 5 days.
  • Class 1: explosives and class 7: radioactives are stand-alone courses.
    Some training firms also offer an LPG course for LPG tanker drivers. This includes the core and tanker mandatory modules plus class 2, gases.
ADR and Driver CPC
Despite the additional ADR training, there is still a requirement for professional drivers to have 35 hours of Driver CPC under their belt. It seems logical, therefore, to allow additional training, such as the transportation of hazardous goods, to count towards this statutory requirement.The good news is that we are approved ADR training providers by the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) approved to allow our ADR courses to count towards Driver CPC.
Not only does this mean that two courses are completed in just one, but also a substantial monetary saving for professional drivers looking to enhance their job prospects.As an example, a combined intensive course could count towards 28 hours of Driver CPC while a tanker intensive course could count towards 14 hours.
Call us in order to confirm what the allowance will be for your Periodic CPC.


The ADR Exam

Drivers will conclude their training by sitting a series of multiple choice examinations. In order to pass, candidates much achieve the pass mark of 70%. The majority of drivers pass first time but in the unlikely event that a driver fails one or more of their classes examinations, they’ll be able to take the exam again without having to re-sit the entire course.

Completed examination papers are sent off to the awarding body, the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) for marking.

It can take up to 6 weeks for the SQA to mark examination papers, depending on high demand and volume.

Once the pass has been recorded and confirmed, the SQA will issue the driver with their ADR VTC which is valid for 5 years. A driver must wait until they are in possession of their ADR VTC before transporting dangerous and hazardous goods.