Dangerous Goods Driver Training (DGDT)


This section of the website is dedicated to the Dangerous Goods Driver Training (DGDT) syllabus and examinations.

A review of the qualification and training structure is now available using the following link - 2008 Review of Dangerous Goods Driver Training Scheme ICON: Internal Link

Under the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations (as amended), all drivers require training and instruction.

Under regulation 24, certain drivers of road vehicles carrying dangerous goods may need to hold a vocational training certificate (VTC).

In Great Britain and Northern Ireland the VTC is obtained after a driver has attended a training course approved by the Department for Transport as competent authority, and successfully completed an examination set and marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

A VTC issued by the competent authority of a State contracting to ADR is valid throughout contracting states.

Drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods who may fall within this requirement are:

Recent News

SQA begins ADR driver training photo-card re-issue

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) will be replacing all UK ADR driver training photo cards issued since 29 October 2012, as part of its administration of the photo card certificates for the Dangerous Goods Driver Training on behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT) in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Find out more.

Petroleum Driver Passport

UK Downstream Oil Distribution Forum has now announced that SQA has been appointed as scheme manager for the new Petroleum Driver Passport.


The Dangerous Goods Driver Training (DGDT) contract has been administered by SQA since October 2006. Changes to ADR 2011 saw the current model paper certificate superseded by a plastic card that will include a recent photograph of the candidate with effect from 1 January 2013.

Please be advised that from Monday 29th October 2012 SQA will be issuing the new DGDT photo card certification for both Great Britain and Northern Ireland when a course has been sat after 22nd October 2012 or a replacement certificate is requested.

Candidates will be assigned a unique candidate number which will hold all candidate information and certificate entitlement details.

Existing paper certificates issued by the DVLA will continue to remain valid until their expiry date. There is no requirement to change address on your current ADR certificate. However those wishing to apply for a new style photo card certificate can do so by completing DGDT Replacement Application Form below. The fee for a replacement certificate is £10.00.The form will need to be printed and completed with all details requested. A passport sized photo, sample signature and appropriate fee should also be included.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact SQA team on adr@sqa.org.uk

To apply for a replacement please complete the following attachment along with a photocopy of candidates passport or photo card driving licence. Post back to us with appropriate fee and photograph and signature to:

ADR Team
58 Robertson Street
G2 8DQ