Carriage of Dangerous Goods

What is ADR?

And do you need it?

ADR is the Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road. The training is intended to give candidates a thorough understanding of hazardous materials, as well as the skills necessary to contain and transport them whilst keeping you and other road users safe.

When is it required?

The ADR qualification is a legal requirement for anyone driving over a certain volume/weight of hazardous goods on a public road.

Hazardous goods are broken down into three ‘packing groups’ (PGs). They are:

  • PGI: Highest danger
  • PGII: Mid-level danger
  • PGIII: Lowest danger

The weight limits break down as follows:

  • PGI: 20 litres/KG (e.g. propelyne oxide)
  • PGII: 333 litres/KG (e.g. butane)
  • PGIII: 1000 litres/KG (e.g. diesel)

If you’re carrying a hazardous substance in excess of its stipulated volume/weight limit, you will need the relevant ADR qualification.


Classes of Hazardous Materials

Class Material type
1 Explosive substances and articles
2.1 Flammable gas (e.g. butane)
2.2 Non-flammable and non-toxic gases which could cause asphyxiation (e.g. nitrogen, helium, carbon dioxide)
2.3 Toxic gases (e.g. chlorine, phosgene)
3 Flammable liquids (e.g. lighter fluid, petrol)
4.1 Flammable solids, self-reactive substances and solid desensitised explosives
4.2 Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
4.3 Substances which, in contact with water, emit flammable gases
5.1 Oxidising substances
5.2 Organic peroxides
6.1 Toxic substances
6.2 Infectious substances
7 Radioactive material
8 Corrosive substances
9 Miscellaneous dangerous substances and articles


So, do you need ADR? The next step is to find the right training provider. Different providers may deliver different classes via different methods of teaching, so it’s important to find the one that’s right for you. Have a look at what Chartwise UK provide:

You've decided - you need ADR.
But where do you start?

This is where Chartwise come in.


Every month, we deliver ADR training at our multi-accredited training facilities in Team Valley, Gateshead. In certain circumstances, such as major group bookings, we can deliver the training offsite. We cater for those wishing to sit the full course, and for those wishing only to sit certain exams.

What’s covered in the course?

In order to gain the ADR qualification you must pass the core exam, at least one class exam and either the Packages or the Tanks exam – depending on the kind of container in which you intend to carry the dangerous goods. Because it further broadens your career prospects, however, it’s generally wise to do both.

As part of ADR training, Chartwise teach the following classes:

  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 – Oxidising Substances
  • Class 6 – Infectious, Toxic Substances
  • Class 8 – Corrosive Substances
  • Class 9 – Miscellaneous Substances

As well as 2 types of mode container types:

  • Dangerous goods in tanks containers (over 450 litres)
  • Dangerous goods in containers other than tanks (packages, skips etc.)

Our ADR training will cover practical elements, and will give you the opportunity to develop skills in:

  • Basic First Aid
  • Fire Prevention
  • Emergency Action

All exams are multiple-choice. The number of exams you need to sit will depend on the classes you take. Each ADR exam has a pass mark of 70%.

But why should I choose Chartwise?

The trainers at Chartwise are not just trainers – they’re consultants, and they go above and beyond to get their candidates through the exams with flying colours. Using their years of experience in logistics, they provide straightforward advice, complete with real-world examples, on the full scope of hazardous materials transportation.

Good to go? Have a look at our upcoming dates and get yourself booked in:

You’re ready to train.

Whether you’re carrying hazardous materials in a lorry, van or car, Chartwise will give you the hows, whys and whens of keeping yourself and fellow road users safe.


The prices of our most common ADR options are:

  • Full ADR with Tanks & Packages (excluding specialist classes 1 & 7) – £497.50 (inclusive of VAT, DSA uploads and exams)
  • Full ADR without Tanks (excluding specialist classes 1 & 7) – £408.75 (inclusive of VAT, DSA uploads and exams)


Select a date, complete the form, and we’ll be in touch.

Upcoming Courses* on Team Valley

ADR Courses in June 2023

Monday 19th June – Wednesday 21st June 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 19th June – Thursday 22nd June 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 23rd June 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in July 2023

Monday 10th July – Wednesday 12th July 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 10th July – Thursday 13th July 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 14th July 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in August 2023

Monday 14th August – Wednesday 16th August 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 14th August – Thursday 17th August 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 18th August 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in September 2023

Monday 11th September – Wednesday 12th September 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 13th September – Thursday 14th September 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 15th September 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in October 2023

Monday 9th October – Wednesday 11th October 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 9th October – Thursday 12th October 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 13th October 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in November 2023

Monday 13th November – Wednesday 15th November 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 13th November – Thursday 16th November 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 17th November 2023: Exams

ADR Courses in December 2023

Monday 11th December – Wednesday 12th December 2023: ADR Initial, Without Tanks
Monday 13th December – Thursday 14th December 2023: ADR Initial, With Tanks
Friday 15th December 2023: Exams


*Courses are subject to change at the discretion of Chartwise UK. For more information please review our Training Terms & Conditions.

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