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Specialist training for HGV drivers – ADR & PDP

Drivers of vehicles with tanks and certain tank components as well as drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods in packages are required to hold a special vocational certificate of training, sometimes referred to informally as an ‘ADR Certificate’. Typically LGV Training Company candidates take these courses after completing their HGV training.

(For those of you who may wish to know the acronym ‘ADR’ comes from their French name and stands for ‘Accord European Relatif au Transport International des Marchandises Dangereuses par Route’!!)

All drivers of vehicles carrying such dangerous goods must attend an approved basic training course. These courses equip drivers with information and tools so that they:

  • are aware of the hazards arising in the carriage of dangerous goods
  • can take steps to reduce the likelihood of an incident taking place
  • can take all necessary measures for their own safety and that of the public and the environment to limit the effects of any incident that does occur
  • have individual practical experience of the actions they will need to take

To obtain an ADR Training Certificate, drivers must attend a Department of Transport approved course.


Prices will vary depending upon the training provider you use, your location and the options and classes taken. Each course will be made up of some, or all, of the following:

Class 1: Explosives
Division 1.1: Substances and articles that have a mass explosion hazard
Division 1.2: Substances and articles that have a projection hazard
Division 1.3: Substances and articles that have a fire hazard and either a minor blast hazard or a minor projection hazard or both
Division 1.4: Substances and articles which present no significant hazard
Division 1.5: Very insensitive substances which have a mass explosion hazard
Division 1.6: Extremely insensitive articles which do not have a mass explosion hazard
Class 2: Gases
Class 2.1: Flammable gases
Class 2.2: Non-flammable, non-toxic gases
Class 2.3: Toxic gases
Class 3: Flammable liquids
Class 4: Other flammable materials
Class 4.1: Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and desensitized explosives
Class 4.2: Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
Class 4.3: Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gas
Class 5: Oxidizing substances and organic peroxides
Class 5.1: Oxidizing substances
Class 5.2: Organic peroxides
Class 6:Toxic and infectious substances
Class 6.1: Toxic substances
Class 6.2: Infectious substances
Class 7: Radioactive material
Class 8: Corrosive substances
Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles


Depending upon the class you undertake, costs can vary, but initial training costs start at around £350. In addition to this, refresher courses must be taken by drivers who have held their certificate for a min of four years with no less than 5 weeks to expiry.


The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is an industry initiative backed by the Government to ensure that all petroleum tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a consistently high standard.

The PDP has been designed to fit in with existing industry training and be delivered alongside ADR and Driver CPC and is renewed on the same 5 year cycle as the ADR training certificate. It also requires annual refresher training, including both classroom and practical assessments.



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