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Examinations ADR – Driver Training Certification for Drivers of Vehicles carrying Dangerous Goods ADR Driver Certification and Examination Process
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For Class 1(Explosives) and Class 7 (Radioactive) dangerous goods the competent authorities for examinations are the Minister for Justice and Law Reform and the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland, generic ambulance seek respectively.

The competent authority details for exams for Classes 1 & 7 are as follows;

Competent Authority
Contact Names
Contact Details
  1 Explosive

Department of Justice, prostate
Equality & Law Reform

Joe Coates
Colm Farrell

Tel: (01) 602 8267
(01) 602 8273

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  7 Radioactive Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland Jarlath Duffy

Tel. (01) 2697766

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3.1. How to apply for ADR Driver Training Course

Candidates for an ADR Driver Training Certificate should in the first instance contact an approved training course provider and arrange to attend either a Basic and/or a Tanker Specialization course before applying to sit an examination. The Training Provider upon satisfactory completion of a course will give course attendees a combined exam application/declaration of attendance form.

3.2. How to apply for ADR Driver Examination / Exam Charges

Applications to sit an examination must be submitted to:

The Exam Administration Unit, The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport, 1 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.
Candidates should indicate their first, second and third choice of venue and date. The completed application forms must be accompanied by payment in full for the examination and certificate.

Cheques, Postal Orders and Money Orders should be made payable to “The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport”.  The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport also except payments by credit cards. 

Completed application forms with appropriate fee must be received by the CILT at least 10 working days prior to the exam applied for.

Other Fees:

  • Replacement Certificates (for all Classes) (if lost, destroyed etc): €15

Examination fees as follows:

Candidates taking either a Basic or Specialisation Paper at one sitting

examination Fee Total €125.00

• Candidates taking both Basic and Specialisation Papers at one sitting

examination Fee Total €200.00

This fee structure applies to candidates sitting Refresher Basic and Refresher

Specialisation examination.

Examination entry fees will NOT be refunded except where a candidate is unable to sit the examination through illness. In this case, a doctor’s certificate must be supplied.

4. Notification of Exams / Exam Results to Candidates

Following an application, candidates will be notified by post of the venue, date and time when they should present themselves for examination.

Candidates should bring their notification letter to the exam together with photographic identification (e.g. driving licence/passport).

A candidate who fails an examination will receive a written notification by post indicating the areas that need to be addressed by them together with instructions for arranging a repeat exam. Candidates who achieve a pass grade will have their certificates issued to them by post in due course (usually within 10 working days).

Exam results will not be given out by phone.

Exam Format

Each examination paper consists of 36 multiple -choice questions (English language only) in 3 sections of 12 questions each. Candidates must attain an overall pass-mark of 24 or higher to pass the exam and must achieve at least 8 out of 12 in each section of the exam. Candidates taking both the Basic and Tanker papers are not eligible for the training certificate if they do not achieve a passing grade in the Basic paper - a driver training certificate will not be issued for any specialisation training without first passing the Basic training exam. In these circumstances a candidate will be required to repeat the failed paper (Tanker) to obtain a driver training certificate covering both Basic and Tanker specialisation.

Appeals Procedure

A candidate who fails to achieve the required minimum mark to pass the examination is sent a written notification by post indicating the areas that need to be addressed by them and stating the number of incorrect answers on their Examination Answer Sheet. A candidate may if he/she wishes appeal the count on their answer sheet. In this event the Answer Sheet will be sent to the H S A to a designated member of the Transport Safety Unit for a recount and the candidate will be notified of the result.

Time frame for sitting Exam after Training

Candidates who have attended an approved course must sit the associated examination within 12 months of their course. A candidate attending a refresher course must sit and pass the associated examinations before the expiry date on their current certificate – otherwise, after that date a candidate for examination must have attended a full initial Basic (3 -day) and/or Tanker (2 -day) course before being allowed sit the examination again. A candidate may attempt an exam twice only (i.e. one repeat) - after which they must attend the relevant course again before being eligible to take a further exam.

Renewal of Driver Training Certificates

A Driver Training Certificate may be renewed at any time in the final year of the certificate for an additional 5 years extension of validity. It is recommended that candidates attend the refresher course and examination as early as possible in the 12 months prior to the expiry of their current certificate so as to allow adequate time for repeat examinations and courses if necessary.
Telephone queries to the Exam Administration Unit (EAU) can be made from anywhere in the Republic of Ireland for the price of a local call to Lo-call number 1890 25 25 99, alternative numbers are (01) 6763188.