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PDP Candidate


All petroleum tanker drivers should have gained a Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) during 2014.

In that year, you had the option of either a full PDP or an interim PDP.

You should have taken the full PDP if your ADR was due to be renewed in 2014, or if you required your first ADR. If your ADR was not due for renewal during 2014, you should have taken an interim PDP. Either route would have made the PDP card valid up to the expiry date of your ADR card.

From 2015...

To achieve the PDP after 2015, drivers will undertake PDP training and a full written (multiple choice) assessment, set by SQA. Drivers will also take a practical assessment with a qualified and approved PDP assessor.

Refresher training

When drivers have gained a card (eg valid up to 15th September 2020), they will have to take annual classroom refresher training and an annual practical assessment for their PDP to remain valid.
The annual practical refresher should be sat in the four months leading up to the expiry date and month (eg between 15th May to 15th September) each year. 
​The annual classroom training refresher should be sat anytime in the calender year (up until 31/12 of eack year).
A record of a drivers annual training and assessment will be held on SQA’s secure system.


The PDP contains classroom training with a written exam along with a practical assessment, both of which need to be completed every five years. Drivers are also required to attend classroom training and a practical assessment every 12 months to maintain the validity of their PDP.

There must be no more than four months between passing the two elements that make up the PDP (five-year classroom training with exam and the practical assessment).

A PDP certificate gained in 2014 aligned with a driver’s current ADR expiry date.

This meant that drivers who were due ADR training in 2014 worked towards and received a full five-year PDP.

Drivers with an ADR expiry after 2014 (eg 2016), worked towards and received an interim PDP in 2014, which was valid until their current ADR expiry date (eg 2016).

For further information and examples of entitlement timelines and situations, please refer to the PDP Entitlement scenarios document in the download section.

Replacement Card

If you have lost your current PDP card, please download the replacement form, guidance notes and photo guidelines from the download section.

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