What is ADR Training (also known as the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)?

ADR regulations and training are designed to make sure that dangerous goods can be safely transported by road, and transporting them is only performed by competent and ADR compliant drivers and vehicles.

The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) has been around since 1968 and is overseen by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It is reviewed every two years to ensure that it still applies to new advances in technology and is strictly policed.

Most European countries are signed up to ADR and will implement their own safety measures through national legislation, which must be obeyed when crossing into or through those countries.

Our Southampton training centre offers the following components of ADR training:

These courses will enable you to transport dangerous goods safely and to identify any practices that could lead to unsafe circumstances. If you need more information on which level training you need, our team are able to advise you on taking the correct ADR training course at our Southampton centre.

ADR Class 2 (gases)
Class 3 (flammable liquids)
Class 4 (flammable solids)
Class 5 (oxidising agents)
Class 6 (toxics)
Class 8 (corrosives)
Class 9 (miscellaneous)
Core, packages and tanks
Class 1 (explosives)
Class 7 (radioactive materials)
Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor training (DGSA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need ADR certification?

Under ADR legislation, if you are driving a vehicle with a tank, tank components or carrying packages that contain certain types of dangerous goods, you will be required by law to hold a vocational certificate showing that you are qualified and safe to do so. This certificate is also referred to as an ‘ADR certificate’.

Any driver who will be carrying dangerous goods in their vehicles must complete an approved basic ADR training course. This course will give drivers vital information and skills so that they:

Are aware of hazards that arise when carrying dangerous goods
Are able to reduce the likelihood of an incident occurring
Will be able to take measures to protect themselves, the public and the environment to limit the negative effects of any incident that may take place
Have practical experience of any actions they will need to take in order to have a safe journey
Are able to safely load and unload the vehicle, as well as make manoeuvres with minimal risk

How do I get an ADR certificate?

To gain your certification, you will need to pass a training course at a registered centre, such at 2 Start Ltd, ensuring that the course you have taken covers everything you will need for future transport loads. To help with this, we have a range of different packages available.

When do I need to get my ADR certification?

You must get your certification before you transport any dangerous goods by road. The certification is valid for five years and must be renewed before continuing to drive.

Where to get ADR training in Southampton

We offer ADR training at all of our Grade 1 approved SQA training centres, including our Southampton branch, which is based in the beautiful market village of Romsey. Getting to this branch is simple, as it has easy access from the M27 and M3 motorways. The classrooms are air-conditioned and have up-to-date technological equipment, which allows us to deliver interactive course content. Our qualified course leaders have vast technical and practical experience in driving with dangerous goods.

Related Information

ADR Training in Southampton

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