ADR Cert -Fuel Tanker Driver Exams I CILT Ireland

ADR - Driver Training Certificate

ADR is the acronym given to the Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.

CILT is the examining body for the ADR Driver Training Certificate appointed by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA).

For further information on the regulations that implement ADR in Ireland, see the HSA website: Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road

Competent authority information for ‘ADR and Related Services’ can be found on the UNECE website: 


Student Circular

Communication to students






Exam Fees

  Examination Fees  
  ADR Basic Exam €125
  Tanker Specialisation Exam €125
  Sitting both exams on the same day discount fee           €200
  Repeat Examination Fees (Effective from 1 February 2019)    
  ADR Basic Exam €110
  Tanker Specialisation Exam €110
  Sitting both Repeat exams on the same day discount fee      €185


ADR Exam Dates 2024

                                                             EXAM DATE                             
EXAM DATE           
Booking Deadline 
Cenit College Naas    
19th April 2024
14th April 2024
3rd May 2024
28th April 2024
17th May 2024
12th May 2024
31st May 2024
26th May 2024
14th June 2024
9th June 2024
28th June 2024
23rd June 2024
12th July 2024
7th July 2024
26th July 2024
21st July 2024
9th Aug 2024
4th Aug 2024
23rd Aug 2024
18th Aug 2024
6th Sept 2024
1st Sept 2024
20th Sept 2024
15th Sept 2024
4th Oct 2024
29th Sept 2024
18th Oct 2024
13th Oct 2024
1st Nov 2024
27th Oct 2024
15th Nov 2024
10th Nov 2024
29th Nov 2024
24th Nov 2024
13th Dec 2024
8th Dec 2024
Griffith College Cork    
10th April 2024
2nd April 2024
8th May 2024
30th April 2024
5th June 2024
28th May 2024
10th July 2024
2nd July 2024
7th August 2024
30th July 2024
11th September 2024
3rd September 2024
9th October 2024
1st October 2024
6th November 2024
29th October 2024
11th December 202
3rd December 2024
ICE Group (Galway)
17th April 2024
9th April 2024
15th May 2024
7th May 2024
19th June 2024
11th June 2024
24th July 2024
16th July 2024
14th August 2024
6th August 2024
18th September 2024
10th September 2024
16th October 2024
8th October 2024
20th November 2024
12th November 2024
6th December 2024 (Friday)
1st December 2024


 Please route all examination queries to or 

Exam Centre Locations

NB If Students have queries reference their ADR Examination, Examination Booking or Examination deferrals. Please route all queries to the ADR Administration Team on the following email address or 



Cenit College,

Monread Shopping Centre, 

Monread Road,


Co. Kildare



Ice Group,


Liosban Ind Est,

Tuam Road,

Co. Galway



Griffith College, 

Wellington Road, 

Co. Cork

Privately Scheduled Exams

CILT may facilitate an exam run at a nominated venue outside our regular scheduled exams. The circumstances under which this can be facilitated are: 

  1. No CILT scheduled ADR exam is available within 70 Kms of the proposed venue within the 2 weeks preceding or following the proposed exam.
  2. A proposal for a Non-CILT scheduled exam must be submitted a minimum of 12 weeks in advance of the proposed date.
  3. The proposer will provide the venue and equipment meeting standards set by CILT.
  4. The Non-CILT scheduled exam proposal must be submitted with a minimum of 20 candidates sitting two papers or combination of candidates equal to 40 exams.
  5. The Non-CILT scheduled exam proposal must have capacity for an additional 10 candidates sitting two papers and this capacity will be made available via CILT to add candidates to the exam from the public enrolment.
  6. The Non-CILT scheduled exam will only be facilitated where a CILT approved invigilator is available – CILT will provide an update on this availability not less than 8 weeks before the proposed exam date.
  7. The proposer of these Non-CILT scheduled exams must guarantee a minimum income for the exam equal to 20 candidates sitting two papers.  

CILT will not impose additional charges for these exams, but all candidate exam fees must be paid in full before the exam takes place. 

Applications for this service can be made in writing to 

ADR Exam Application

CILT does not supply ADR exam application forms, these are provided by your course provider. See ADR Training section   

Emergency Exam

The ADR license is renewable anytime in the last 12 months of its validity period. You may undertake refresher and exam at any point in this 12 months. 

CILT cannot extend the validity period of an ADR licence in any circumstances

CILT can facilitate an emergency exam of the ADR in some exceptional circumstances. The definition of exceptional circumstances are restricted to those where life may be at risk should the driver not hold their licence and their circumstances prevented them from renewing in the 3 months prior to expiry. 

For the most part this is restricted (though not limited) to critical front line workers – 

If you are a critical frontline worker employed by the HSE, a private hospital or the emergency services and need to drive in the course of your duties, please submit your case to or and we’ll do what we can to prioritise your application.

Sitting the ADR Exam(s)

ADR basic and tanker specialisation exams are held twice a month in Kildare and once a month in Cork and Galway.

If you are sitting both exams on the same day, you will sit the ADR basic exam first, followed by a 15 minute break and then the tanker specialisation exam. 

All candidates must bring their notification letter and photo ID (e.g. driving licence/passport) with them on the day.

Reasonable Accommodations

Any candidate with additional support needs may apply to CILT, through a training provider, for an adjustment to the published assessment arrangements. To be considered for an adjustment to the assessment arrangements, a candidate must: 

  1. Submit a written application, through the training provider, to CILT at least seven days before the start of their exam.
  2. Provide written evidence of their condition, in the form of an educational psychological assessment, specialist teacher’s assessment or similar evaluation by an educational specialist. 

Each request for an adjustment to the assessment arrangements will be considered against the evidence provided, on a case-by-case basis. CILT may request further evidence. If the application is accepted, CILT will provide written permission for adjustments to the assessment arrangements to be applied. 

The primary adjustment is the activation of a reading application on the exam, candidates will supply their own headphones (wired with 3.5mm jack). Approved training providers are required to demonstrate the reading application to candidates prior to the exam. 

The current application used in the delivery of this reading service is:

In addition to an adjustment to assessment arrangements, training providers have responsibilities under legislation to ensure that all candidates are treated fairly and with respect, and that premises and facilities are accessible to all. 

Training Providers can submit application for reasonable accommodations to or 

***** Online Examination Format *****

The ADR exam is completed via an online multiple choice questionnaire.
The exam is conducted only in approved exam venues. 
Candidates need to be familiar with the use of a computer mouse to select answers and navigate the questionnaire. 
Online Exams Papers are provided in English only
Duration of ADR basic exam: 1 hour

Duration of tanker specialisation exam: 1 hour
Online ADR Basic Exam consists of:
Total of 36 multiple choice questions
Paper is divided into three (3) sections, A, B and C.
Each section contains 12 questions 
Online ADR Tanker Specialisation exam:
Total of 24 multiple choice questions
Paper is divided into TWO (2) sections, A and B
Each section contains 12 questions
Online ADR Class 3 Basic
Total of 24 multiple choice questions
Paper is divided into 
Each section contains 12 questions
Online ADR Class 3 Tanker
Total of 24 multiple choice questions
Paper is divided into 
Each section contains 12 questions

***** Examination Marking *****

ADR basic exam
Candidates must attain an overall pass-mark of 24 or higher (out of 36) with a minimum of 8 questions out of 12 answered correctly in each section.
Tanker specialisation exam

Candidates must attain an overall pass-mark of 16 or higher (out of 24) with a minimum of 8 questions out of 12 answered correctly in each section.  

NOTE:  Candidates sitting both the ADR basic and tanker specialisation exams must pass the ADR basic exam to be eligible for the certificate.

Notification of Results

Candidates will receive a email notification informing them if they have passed or failed. It is not possible to provide results over the phone 

Candidates that have passed will be issued with an ADR Driver Training Certificate by post. 

Candidates who have failed will receive a email notification indicating the areas that need to be addressed.

Renewal of ADR Driver Training Certificate

The ADR Driver Training Certificate is valid for 5 years.

Under ADR regulations all certificate holders must attend a refresher course (ADR basic 1 day course/ tanker specialisation 1 day course) and sit a refresher exam(s) to be eligible for another 5 year ADR cert. 

This refresher course(s) and exam(s) can be done at any time in the last 12 months of the current ADR cert but must be completed before the expiration date. 

We recommend holders do the refresher course(s) and exam(s) early to allow for possible repeats if necessary. 

If your cert has already expired and no refresher course(s) or exam(s) have been taken then, under ADR regulations, the holder must repeat the full ADR basic training course (3 days) and/or tanker specialisation training course (2 days) before being allowed to sit the exam(s) again.


Renewal of ADR Driving Certificate from other Contracting Parties

Certificates issued in any contracting party state may be renewed under the same process outlined above - however as CILT has no record of your current cert you will be required to provide a copy of the front and back of your current cert before a new cert will be issued. Your new expiry date will be consistent with the expiry date of your original cert.  

Please note - refresher courses and exams can only be undertaken on a like for like basis. Refresher training cannot be used to expand the scope of a restricted cert. Where your current cert is restricted and no matching refresher training/exams are available you may need to complete Initial training and exams, such candidates should consult with their training provider for guidance. 


ADR Training & Validation

Candidates must contact an approved ADR training course provider and arrange to attend a basic ADR and/or tanker specialisation course before applying to sit the exam(s).

On completion of ADR training, the course provider will give attendees an exam application. The provider will complete the declaration of attendance section and confirm the candidate’s completion of the course.

ADR providers may complete this declaration on the CILT platform. 

Candidates must sit the ADR basic exam within 12 months of completion of training.

Guidance for Candidate Photograph & Signature. 

Exam Application form includes a Photograph and Signature that will used in the creation of your ADR license, please keep the follwoing guidance in mind when preparing your application.

What type of photograph is acceptable?

A colour photograph of the head and shoulders, not more than 6 months old, in sharp focus with the entire face visible. 

The photos should show a close up of your face and the top of your shoulders so that your face takes up between 70% and 80% of the frame. It should be passport-standard and in portrait orientation (taller than it is wide)

Minimum size of photo: 35mm x 45mm
Maximum size of photo: 38mm x 50mm

Photos must be printed on photo-quality paper at a high resolution.
Photos must be in sharp focus and correctly exposed.
There should be no ink marks or creases.
Digital enhancements or changes are not acceptable.

Landscape orientation of photos will not be accepted.

Please ensure you have a neutral expression with your mouth closed and eyes open,

looking directly at the camera.

Please do not wear hats or anything that covers your face and be free of glare, tint or other obstructions from glasses etc.

Photographs must be taken against a plain and white background.

Photographs must not be damaged (staples or pins) or creased. 

Please write your candidate number and date of birth on the back of your photograph.

What type of signature is acceptable?

The signature should be in black ink and wholly within the designated box.

Please note that due to the nature of the guilloche pattern on the ADR certificate the signature can appear faint when printed on the photo card if it is not in black ink. CILT will return any Forms to the candidates that do not meet the guidelines above.

Approved ADR Course Providers


Course Provider Contact Information

Advanced Driver Training Academy

Davitt House

12-14 Dominick Street


Co. Westmeath

Contact: Yvonne Sheehan Tel: 044 9345740 / 086 7958001                            
Frank Daly & Associates 32 Main Street Longford Co. Longford



Contact: Frank Daly Tel: 087 2306972
Fax: 01 6335304 


HazChem Training Limited Unit G10 Maynooth Business Park Maynooth Co. Kildare


Contact: Michelle Cleere / Seamus Cleere 
Tel: 01 6291800 / 086 2529544 Fax: 01 6291822 
EamonMAC Training
Aylmer Road
Newcastle Co. Dublin 
Contact: Eamon McEvoy 
Tel: 087 9174300 


Robin Mulligan Ltd Monkstown Navan Co. Meath


Contact: Robin Mulligan / Manus Mulligan 
Tel: 041 9821112 Fax: 041 9821113 Email: Email: 
The Swilly Group i:Tek Building
Business Park Road Letterkenny
Co. Donegal 
Contact:Brian Sweeney Tel: 074 9151212 / 087 2282386

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I become an approved ADR training provider?

  2. What do I do if I want to carry explosives (Class 1) or radioactive goods (Class 7)?

  3. I have failed the ADR exam, how do I appeal the result?

  4. Lost ADR certificate / card - what do I do?

  5. ADR and Your Personal Data Under GDPR