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DGSA - Dangerous Goods Safety Advisers Certificate

*** The next DGSA Examination will take place Wednesday 10 November 2021. ***


If you have any queries please email exams@cilt.ie 

Multilateral Agreement M334

Under section 1.5.1 of ADR concerning safety adviser certificates in accordance with of ADR.

Please click on the below link to view the Multilateral Agreement (MLA)

Multilateral Agreement (MLA), M334


This MLA are also registered on the UNECE website https://unece.org/adr-multilateral-agreements   

The MLA follow-on from previous agreements, M324 which was valid until 1 December 2020 and the current MLA, M330 which was initiated by the Authority and is valid until 1 March 2021.

The new MLA extend the validity of driver training and safety adviser certificates that expire between 1 March 2020 and 1 September 2021 until 30 September 2021.


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

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

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 www.hsa.ie

Becoming a DGSA

From 1 January 2019 there will be the introduction of 2 DGSA Examination Papers which will replace the old format of 3 Examination Papers.

Candidates shall undergo training and pass an examination approved by the Competent Authority of the Contracting Party (ADR 2019 Vol 1 Section Dangerous Goods Training is advised to ensure candidates are correctly prepared for their exams. DGSA courses range from 5 to 10 days in length.

Amendment to 2021 ADR

The UN in Geneva has recently published a third corrigendum to the 2021 ADR.    DGSA candidates should be aware of this and amend their copies of the 2021 ADR.
The link below leads to all three corrigenda:

Exam fees

Paper 1 Examination          €195 

Paper 2 Examination          €195 

HSA Legislation Link

Exam Dates, Locations 2021

Dates 2021

Wednesday 7 July 2021

Wednesday 10 November 2021


  • Kildare
    • The Keadeen Hotel
      Curragh Road
      Co. Kildare
      W12 T925
  • Cork
    • Rochestown Park Hotel
    •  Rochestown Rd,
    • Douglas,
    • Co. Cork
  • Galway
    • The Connacht Hotel
    • Old Dublin Rd,
    • Galway
    • H91 K5DD


Examination format

From 1 January 2019 there will be the introduction of 2 DGSA Examination Papers which will replace the old format of 3 Examination Papers.

All DGSA examinations are open book exams.          

Paper 1 will be conducted on the morning of the Examination

Paper 2 will be conducted on the afternoon of the Examination 

Required Documentation for Examination

ADR Road



ADR 2021



Download the below links 

Consolidated CDGR Updated 31 August 2019


 S.I. No. 277 of 2019


European Communities (Carriage Of Dangerous Goods By Road And Use Of Transportable Pressure Equipment) (Amendment) Regulations 2019


Dangerous Goods by Rail 


RID 2019

Regulations Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (Only Required by Students sitting the RID Exam)


S.I. No. 651 of 2010 European Communities (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) Regulations, 2010
S.I. No. 201 of 2013 European Union (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) (Amendment) Regulations 2013
S.I. No. 360 of 2015 European Union (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) (Amendment) Regulations 2015
S.I. No. 194 of 2017 European Union (Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

ADR 2019 Corrigendum 


Vol. I/Corr.1

Corrigendum ADR 2019 Volume I

Vol. II/Corr.2
Corrigendum ADR 2019 Volume II


Vol. III/Corr.3

Corrigendum ADR 2019 Volume III


Download Document DGSA Syllabus January 2019

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

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: Aisling Spollen
Tel: 061 330 294
Mobile: 087 286 9441
Fax: 061 330 453
Email: aisling.spollen@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: 086 257 7002
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 






 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 2018’ 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


DGSA Sample Questions Paper One & Two - Plus Sample Solutions for Both

Replacement DGSA Certificate

Replacement Certificate


If you have lost your DGSA Certificate you will need to download the
Replacement Application Form and email / send back to CILT. 

Please note: there is a FEE of €45.00 for the replacement certificate.


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