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ADR (Hazardous Goods)

ADR (Hazardous Goods)



Vehicles with a gross weight in excess of 3.5 tonnes

Drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods in vehicles with a gross weight exceeding 3.5 tonnes for packages and for all road tankers must undergo training and obtain a vocational training certificate issued by DVLA Swansea.

Vocational training certificates are obtained by passing the relevant exams of Core and either Tanker or Packages and at least one class of dangerous substance.

Candidates must hold a UK or Northern Ireland driving licence in order that a certificate can be issued, this does not have to be a full driving licence.


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Courses which a driver attends, must be approved by the DETR, examinations are administered by City and Guilds London.
Certificates are valid for 5 years and must be renewed by undertaking a refresher course during the 4th year.

Up to 3.5 tonnes GVW

Regulation 3 of driver training regulations 1996, states that the operator of any motor vehicle must ensure that driver receives adequate instruction on the dangers and what to do in the event of an emergency.

This regulation applies to those vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes gross weight and those drivers carrying below the limited quantities, but do not have to obtain a certificate issued by DVLA.

Note: In addition to drivers being trained, it is also a mandatory requirement that anyone whose duty is involved with the carriage of dangerous goods must also be trained. The regulations are aimed at Consignors, Vehicle Operators and those who load and unload. CTT can provide details of these courses.

Drivers do not need to have an HGV licence to obtain a certificate, although candidates must have a driving licence number.

Courses are available either weekdays or weekends to facilitate operational needs. CTT also conducts these courses on a mobile basis.

Since 1994 CTT Limited has been approved by the DETR and is a City and Guilds approved centre for the conduct of examinations.
The company prides itself on giving candidates "driver to driver" training; this is from over 20 years operational experience in the carriage of dangerous goods.

The UN system provides for nine Classes of dangerous goods relating to the principle hazards inherent in the goods (this system is used for all modal regulations).

Class 1 Explosives
Class 2 Gases
Class 3 Flammable liquids
Class 4 Flammable solids: substances liable to spontaneous combustion and
substances that, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
Class 5 Oxidising substances and organic peroxides
Class 6 Toxic and infectious substances
Class 7 Radioactive material
Class 8 Corrosive substances
Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous substance and articles.

Note: Class 1 and 7 are specialised courses and as such are not part of our normal programs. We do however; to satisfy client needs provide these upon request identify training venues of our associates that would be covering these subjects.

Definitions: Packages (other than in tanks), means any goods that are not carried in a road tanker or tank container

Bulk: (Packages regulations) Dangerous goods not in packaging, example Skips or Tippers

Tanks: Tank and Tank Containers, any goods carried in a road tanker or tank container.

Limited Quantities: Certain dangerous goods may be carried without the need for the carriage of dangerous goods by road regulations to apply, however please be aware that HSE codes of practice place a duty on all employers to bring about the dangers to employees and ensure that sufficient information has been made available.

Initial Training

5 day Core, Tanker, Packages and 7 classes

4.5 Day Core, Tanker and 7 classes

3.5 Day Core, Packages and 7 classes

3 day Core, Tanker or Packages and 1 class*

Note: Candidates requiring only certain modules may have to attend the full training programs but only sit the modules required.
CTT will if we have enough course candidates supply specific courses to suit operational needs.


Existing certificate holders must have six weeks validity remaining on their current certificate from course end.

3 day Core, Tanker, Packages with 7 classes

2 day Core, Tanker and 1 class

Candidates are offered refresher training on our initial courses should a refresher course not be available subject to the six-week rule being applied.

Note: Candidates taking the above option must be aware that the time scale will be that of initial training.

Initial Training

5 Day combined Core Tanker and Packages course with 7 classes

0830 – 1600, Day 1 Core Module, Legislation etc.

0830 – 1600, Day 2 Core continued, Practical exercises, First Aid and Fire Fighting followed by Package Goods Module

0830 – 1600, Day 3 Tanker Module

0830 – 1600, Day 4 Chemical Classes 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8

0830 – 1600, Day 5 Chemical Class 9 followed by 10 exams

3.5 day Core, Packages and Classes followed by 1.5-Day Tanker Module

This course is the preferred option for those wishing to undertake packages only

0830 – 1600, Day 1 Core Module, Legislation etc.

0830 – 1600, Day 2 Core continued, Practical exercises, First Aid and Fire Fighting followed by Package Goods Module and Gasses module

0830 – 1600, Day 3 Classes section and core exam

0830 – 1600, Day 4 Exams for Packages, Class 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9, mid day Tanker Module, 0830 – 1600, Day 5 Tanker Module followed by exam

3.5 Day Core, Packages and 7 classes

0830 – 1600, Day 1 Core Module, Legislation etc.

0830 – 1600, Day 2 Core continued, Practical exercises, First Aid and Fire Fighting followed by Package Goods and Class 2 Module

0830 – 1600, Day 3 Chemical Classes 2 continued, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 9 with core exam

0830 – 12.30 Exams, Packages and Classes


Refresher training takes the form of initial training but with the times allocated condensed, examinations taken at the end of training.

Refresher training is only available to candidates who already posses a valid certificate.

Candidates must have a minimum of 6 weeks left on their existing certificates to qualify for refresher training. (6.11 Manual of Practice for training providers)

0830 – 1600, 2-Day Core and either Tankers or Packages and 1 class plus 3 exams

0830 – 1600, 3 Day combined Core, Tanker and Packages with 7 classes plus 10 exams

Training Days


Courses are usually Monday to Friday


Courses are Saturday and Sunday, for a 5-day course, this would mean 2 weekends and then a Saturday of the third weekend


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