DGSA - Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers Certificate

DGSA stands for Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers. The requirement to have a DGSA first came into effect on 17 January 2001.


CILT is the examining body for the DGSA Certificate on behalf of the Health and Safety Authority (HSA). 

The European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR), is given effect by national legislation.  

These regulations require that any person or undertaking involved in the transport of dangerous goods by road, subject to some limited exemptions, shall appoint a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA).

The undertakings/companies affected are those who: 

  • consign dangerous goods for transport
  • are involved in loading, packing, filling or unloading 
  • are operators of road vehicles (carriers)

Role of the DGSA

A Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) is responsible for:

  • Monitoring compliance and providing advice to the undertaking/company
  • Selecting, purchasing and approving vehicles
  • Advising on, reviewing and monitoring procedures with regards to the checking of safety equipment and transport equipment
  • Overseeing measures for the provision of adequate training of personnel and the retention and maintenance of appropriate training records
  • Monitoring the implementation of written emergency procedures in the event of an accident or incident during the carriage of dangerous goods by road
  • Accident and Incident investigation
  • Prevention of accidents, incidents or dangerous occurrences 

For more information about the role of a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser and/or exemptions in the employment of a DGSA see the Health and Safety Authority website

Becoming a DGSA

To become a Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser applicants must pass three exams.

Candidates are not required to attend dangerous goods training however it is advised that they do to ensure they are correctly prepared for their exams. DGSA courses range from 5 to 10 days in length.

Exam fees

One exam €130.00
Two exams €260.00
Three exams €390.00


DGSA Exam Application

DGSA exam application forms for March exam sittings attached below.

Please download the form you require, fill out and return to CILT before the deadline.


March 2018 DGSA Application Form

Exam Dates & Locations

Friday 14th July 2017

  • Carrigaline Hotel, Cork 09:00 to 16:00
  • DIT Aungier Street, Dublin 09:00 to 16:00

Friday 3rd November 2017

  • Carrigaline Hotel, Cork 09:00 to 16:00
  • Marino Institute, Dublin, Griffith Avenue, Charlemount entrance 09:00 to 16:00 
  • Oranmore Lodge Hotel, Galway 09:00 to 16:00

Friday 9th March 2018

  • Cork (Location TBC)
  • Dublin (Location TBC)
  • Galway (Location TBC)

Friday 13th July 2018

  • Cork (Location TBC)
  • Dublin (Location TBC)
  • Galway (Location TBC)

Friday 9th November 2018

  • Cork (Location TBC)
  • Dublin (Location TBC)
  • Galway (Location TBC)

Please note: All applications must be lodged with CILT 20 Working Days prior to examination date.


Applications received after the closing date will incur a €60 late entry fee.


Examination format

All three DGSA examinations are open book exams.          

The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport provide a list of permitted documents which may be used by candidates in the exam.

Sitting the DGSA Exams

DGSA examinations are held in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Locations are subject to numbers and other venues may be added depending on demand.

Notification of Results

Candidates will receive their result by post 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

Training Provider
Contact Information
ChemHaz Solutions
Laccaroe, Feakle
Co. Clare
Contact: Dr. J.J. Tobin
Tel. +353 61 924146
Mobile + 353 86 1528158
Clermont Export & Import Services Ltd     
Greenore Port
Co. Louth
Contact: Ken Donald
Tel. 042 937 3301 / 937 3355
Mobile: 087 255 3284
Fax: 042 937 3498
DGSA Training Online
The Lodge
82 Lower Churchtown Road
Dublin 14
Contact: Marcus Phelan
Mobile: 086 3424661
Environmental Health & Safety Ltd
Workspace Business Centre
Michael Street
Contact: Aisling Spollen
Tel: 061 330 294
Mobile: 087 286 9441
Fax: 061 330 453
Export Edge Training
57 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Contact: Austin Rutledge
Tel: (01) 661 9544
Fax: (01) 661 9577
Frank Daly & Associates
32 Main Street
Contact: Frank Daly
Tel: (086) 8203985
Fax: 01 6335304
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
Institute of International Trade of Ireland       
28 Merrion Square
Dublin 2
Contact: Tara McHugh
Tel: (01) 661 2182
Fax: (01) 661 2315
Margaret Fitzgerald & Associates
12 High Street
Co. Kilkenny
Contact: Margaret Fitzgerald
Tel: 059 972 4300
Mobile: 087 235 8399
Robin Mulligan Ltd.
Co. Meath
Contact: Manus Mulligan
Tel: 041 9821112
Mobile: 086 257 7002
Fax: 041 9821113


Second Sight Development & Training Ltd    
The Water’s Edge Studio Knockvicar
Co. Roscommon
Contact: Liam Tolton
Tel: 0872542969
Total Compliance Solutions
33 Spring Place
Gardiners Hill
Contact: Richard Walsh
Tel: 021 450 6947



International House,
15/16 Hendrick Street,
Dublin 7


Contact: Anne Barry
Tel: (01) 474 0700
Fax : (01) 474 0721


Trident Safety Group
Unit 5 Westpoint Business Park
Co. Cork

Tel: 021 4879326
Fax:021 4879327


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. 

DGSA Legislative Requirements

The European Communities (Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment) Regulations 2011 to 2017’ in line with the current Regulations, provides for the appointment and vocational qualifications of safety advisers (DGSAs) for the transport of dangerous goods by road both in the state and internationally in Europe in accordance with ADR.

The European Communities (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulations 2010 (S.I. No. 651), as amended by S.I. 201 of 2013, provides for the appointment and vocational qualifications of safety advisers (DGSAs) for the transport of dangerous goods by rail both in the state and internationally in Europe, in accordance with RID.

The regulations, respectively, prohibit the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail both within the state and internationally in Europe by an undertaking unless it has appointed a safety adviser (DGSA); subject to exemptions contained in these regulations. In this context, undertaking is defined in both sets of regulations and includes consignor, carrier as well as packer, filler, loader, unloader and operator of tank-container/portable rank.

The safety adviser (DGSA) is required to fulfil specified functions including advising the undertaking who appointed him as to health, safety and environmental matters in connection with the transport of dangerous goods and the preparation of necessary reports.

A safety adviser (DGSA) cannot be appointed unless he holds a vocational training certificate appropriate to the modes of transport used by the undertaking and to all dangerous goods or one or more of the groups of dangerous goods specified and transported by the undertaking.

Mutual recognition of vocational training certificates issued in other member states of the European community or in Northern Ireland is provided for. The certificate examinations are subject to the approval of the nominated competent authorities that arrange for the issue of the vocational training

Frequently asked Questions

Sample DGSA Exam Questions

DGSA Sample Questions

Here are Sample Papers_June 2017 for the DGSA exam.

Replacement DGSA Certificate

Replacement Certificate

If you have lost your DGSA Certificate you will need to complete the below application form and email / send back to CILT. 
Please note: there is a fee of €45.00 for the replacement certificate.


Replacement DGSA Cerificate Application Form

  1. What if I fail an exam?

  2. What if I can’t make the exam?

  3. DGSA Appeals Procedure