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 2023

                                                             EXAM DATE                             
EXAM DATE           
Booking Deadline 
Cenit College Naas 
9th June 2023
3rd June 2023
23rd June 2023
17th June 2023
7th July 2023
2nd July 2023
28th July 2023
23rd July 2023
11th August 2023
5th August 2023
25th August 2023
19th August 2023
15th September 2023
9th September 2023
29th September 2023
23rd September 2023
13th October 2023
7th October 2023
27th October 2023
21st October 2023
10th November 2023
4th November 2023
24th November 2023
18th November 2023
8th December 2023
2nd December 2023
15th December 2023
9th December 2023


Griffith College Cork 
6th July 2023 (Thursday)
29th June
9th August 2023
31st July 2023
6th September 2023
28th August 2023
4th October 2023
25th September 2023
1st November 2023
23rd October 2023
1st December 2023
21st November 2023
ICE Group (Galway) 
14th June 2023
5th June 2023
19th July 2023
10th July 2023
16th August 2023
7th August 2023
20th September 2023
11th September 2023
18th October 2023
9th October 2023
15th November 2023
6th November 2023
13th December 2023
4th December 2023


 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 candidaties 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.
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.

ADR Training

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.

Approved ADR Course Providers


Course Provider Contact Information
Advanced Driver Training Academy
4 Church Avenue,
Mullingar 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