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DGSA - Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers Certificate


The Health and Safety Authority appointed CILT as the examination body for dangerous goods safety advisers (DGSA) for the transport of dangerous goods by road. For information on the appointment and duties of a DGSA, see DGSA Information - Health and Safety Authority (hsa.ie).



The Commision for Railway Regulation (CRR) has appointed CILT as examiner for the DGSA Rail assesment. 

Exam fees


Paper 1 Examination          €195 

Paper 2 Examination          €195 




Candidates sitting all 3 Papers:  €395.

For candidates who wish to sit 2 papers, the fee will be €260.

For candidates who wish to sit 1 paper, the fee will be €130.


To book a DGSA exam, log in to your CILT account and book your exam via your dashboard. 

If you do not have a CILT account you can register for one at https://www.cilt.ie/CandidateRequest/ 


Exam Dates, Locations 2024

Dates 2024

Exam: Wednesday 13th November 2024 - Closing date for applications - 31st October 2024


Please note  DGSA Rail is in Westmanstown only, unless otherwise advised.

Dates 2024

Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, 
Lucan Road,


Dublin 15,

D15 Y2D

The Address Hotel,

Military Hill, 

Saint Lukes


T23 T292


The Connacht Hotel

Old Dublin Road, 









Examination format

All DGSA examinations are open book exams. 

Since 1 January 2019, the format of the DGSA Road exam consists of 2 examination papers.          

Paper 1 will be conducted on the morning of the Examination DGSA Sample Paper 1 with Solutions

Paper 2 will be conducted on the afternoon of the Examination DGSA Sample Paper 2 with Solutions


DGSA Rail consists of 3 papers:

Paper 1 Core

Paper 2 All Classes

Paper 3 Mode - Rail 


All papers are set by the panel of Subject Matter Experts and exam submissions are graded by the Principle Marker. Any exam scoring within 5% without passing is automatically sent for review by an alternative marker before results are published. 

Required Documentation for Examination



ADR 2023 and associated corrigenda available at the link below:

ADR 2023 - Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road | UNECE


European Communities (Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations 2011, as amended – see Legislation - Health and Safety Authority (hsa.ie)


ADR 2023

ADR 2023 is now available in print, it came into force on 1st January 2023. From March 2023 the DGSA exam will be based on the content of the ADR 2023. 

HSA summary of the main changes from ADR 2021 to ADR 2023 can be found here.



The DGSA examination is based on the current edition of Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) and the EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS BY RAIL) REGULATIONS, 2010 as amended (the national regulations). 

Please note the following document contains corrections to the edition of RID in force since January 2023 NOT-RID-23014-e_corrections_to_RID_2023[23]

This document may be used in the Rail Mode DGSA exam. 

Notification of Results

Candidates will receive their result by email within 40 working days.

Results will NOT be provided over the phone.

Renewal of DGSA Cert

A DGSA certificate is valid for 5 years.

To renew your DGSA Cert you must resit the DGSA exams every 5 years.

DGSA Course Providers

 Inclusion of course providers does not imply recognition or approval by the Health and Safety Authority or CILT, of the courses, services or information supplied by the said course providers. 

Training Provider
Contact Information
ChemHaz Solutions
Laccaroe, Feakle
Co. Clare
Contact: Dr. J.J. Tobin
Tel. +353 61 924146
Mobile + 353 86 1528158
Email: jj.tobin@chemhazsolutions.com
Environmental Health & Safety Ltd
Knockbrack West
Co. Limerick 
Contact: Kate O'Brien
Tel: 061 330 294
Mobile: 087 228 1073
Email : kate.obrien@dgsa.ie
Export Edge Training
11 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Contact: Austin Rutledge
Tel: (01) 676 6894
Email: austin.rutledge@export-edge.com
Frank Daly & Associates
32 Main Street
Contact: Frank Daly
Tel: (086) 8203985
Fax: 01 6335304
Email: dalyff@gmail.com
Hazchem Training Ltd
Unit G 10
Maynooth Business Campus
Co. Kildare
Contact: Seamus Cleere
Tel: (01) 629 1800
Mobile: 086 252 9544
Fax: (01) 629 1822
Email: info@hazchem.ie
Margaret Fitzgerald & Associates
12 High Street
Co. Kilkenny
Contact: Margaret Fitzgerald
Tel: 059 972 4300
Mobile: 087 235 8399
Email: mgtfitzgerald@eircom.net
Robin Mulligan Ltd.
Co. Meath
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: 041 9821112
Mobile: 0872577002
Fax: 041 9821113
Email: info@robinmulligan.ie


Second Sight Development & 
Training Ltd    
The Water’s Edge Studio Knockvicar
Co. Roscommon
Contact: Liam Tolton
Tel: 0872542969
Email: liam@secondsighttraining.com

International House,
15/16 Hendrick Street,
Dublin 7


Contact: Anne Barry
Tel: (01) 474 0700
Fax : (01) 474 0721
Email: anne.barry@iamair.com


Trident Safety Group
Cork: 5 Westpoint Trade Centre, Link Road, Ballincollig. Cork

P31 AF30

Dublin: International House. 
Corballis Park, Dublin Airport. 
Swords. Co.Dublin. K67 K5D0

USA: Suite 2600, 
200 Lowder Brook Drive. 
Westwood MA 02090-1189. USA

Tel: 021 4879326
Fax:021 4879327
Email: sales@tridentsafety.com
Web: www.tridentsafety.com 








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