How To Become an ADR Driver in the UK: A Step-by-Step Guide to Safely Transporting Dangerous Goods By Road

How To Become An ADR Dangerous Goods Driver

17th March 2023

Transporting dangerous goods requires a unique set of skills and qualifications to ensure safety and compliance with legal requirements. In the UK, drivers who need to transport hazardous materials must obtain an ADR (Accord Dangereux Routier) certificate. The ADR certificate means that the driver has the knowledge, expertise and qualifications to handle and transport dangerous goods safely. Here are the 6 steps that you need to take to become qualified as an ADR driver:

Step 1: Understand the ADR Regulations

Before becoming an ADR driver, it is essential to familiarise yourself with the regulations and laws governing the relevant rules. ADR is a European agreement that sets out the rules and guidelines for the transportation of hazardous materials by road. It covers areas such as packaging, labelling, documentation, vehicle requirements, and driver training. The UK is a signatory to this agreement and follows the ADR regulations.

Step 2: Obtain the Appropriate ADR Driving Licence

To become an ADR driver, you must first hold a valid UK driving licence. You should have at least a Category C (LGV) licence for large goods vehicles, as many dangerous goods are transported in larger vehicles. If you do not have this licence, you will need to obtain one by attending an Category C training course, then passing the theory and practical tests.

Step 3: Complete an ADR Training Course

Once you have the required driving licence, you will need to complete an ADR training course. This course is designed to provide drivers with the knowledge and skills necessary to transport dangerous goods safely. The training covers topics such as:

- Classification of dangerous goods
- Requirements for suitable packaging and labels
- Vehicle and equipment requirements
- Emergency procedures and safety measures
- Documentation and reporting requirements

ADR training courses are offered by CRH Training Ltd at our head office in the West Midlands. It is vital to choose a reputable provider to ensure that you receive proper training and certification.

CRH Training delivers ADR Training in the 7 dangerous goods classes listed below:

- Class 2.1 Flammable gas
- Class 2.2 Non-flammable compressed gas
- Class 2.3 Toxic gas
- Class 3 Flammable liquid
- Class 4.1 Flammable solid
- Class 4.2 Spontaneously combustible substance
- Class 4.3 Dangerous when wet
- Class 5.1 Oxidising agents
- Class 5.2 Organic peroxides
- Class 6.1 Toxic substances
- Class 6.2 Infectious substances
- Class 8 Corrosive substances
- Class 9 Miscellaneous substances

Step 4: Pass the ADR Exams

After completing the ADR training course, you will need to pass a series of examinations to obtain your certificate. These exams usually include a multiple-choice written test and a practical assessment on the road. The written test will cover the course material, while the practical assessment will evaluate your ability to apply your knowledge in real-life driving scenarios.

Step 5: Apply for Your ADR Certificate

Upon successfully passing the ADR exams, you can apply for your ADR certificate. The certificate will be valid for five years and is issued by the UK Department for Transport (DFA). To maintain your ADR certification, you will need to undertake periodic refresher training and pass the relevant exams before the certificate's expiry date.

All drivers of dangerous goods (hazardous goods) that come within the scope of the UK CDG (Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations) need to have an ADR Driver Training Certificate. ADR training under ADR regulations has to be in the classroom and involves ADR exams set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Step 6: Gain Experience

With your ADR certificate in hand, you are now qualified to transport dangerous goods in the UK. It is recommended that you gain experience by working for a company that transports hazardous materials. This will give you invaluable insights into the practical aspects of the job as an ADR driver, and help you develop the necessary skills to succeed.

Succeeding as an ADR driver involves a commitment to learning and sticking to strict safety standards. By obtaining the appropriate driving licence, completing an accredited ADR training course, and passing the necessary examinations, you will be well-equipped to embark on a rewarding career transporting dangerous goods safely and efficiently.

Remember ADR courses from CRH can contribute towards Drivers CPC Training.

CRH are one of the few training companies that are accredited to deliver classes 1 and 7 –  Explosive and Radioactive.

To book an ADR Training Course, or for further information, please contact CRH on 0121 553 3184.


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