ADR training for those involved in the transport of dangerous goods.

The ADR Agreement, which regulates the international transport of dangerous goods by road, clearly and bindingly establishes the obligation of ADR training for all those involved in the handling and transport of dangerous goods. The primary purpose of training is to provide the necessary skills to minimise the risks associated with the transport of these goods, while ensuring the protection of public health and the environment.

Operators within the loading-transport-unloading chain of dangerous goods, in accordance with Chapter 1.3 of the Agreement, are therefore required to attend ADR training courses. These courses aim to cover essential elements, including the accurate classification of dangerous goods, emergency procedures and the proper use of safety equipment.

In an environment where safety and regulatory compliance are essential, ADR training is crucial for those involved in the transport of dangerous goods.


The figures in the loading-transport-unloading dangerous goods chain


Within the complex logistics chain for the transport of dangerous goods, several figures play important roles in ensuring security and regulatory compliance. 

The three main figures are:

  • the shipper, who is responsible for the correct organisation of transport, which includes the necessary documentation and the communication of all relevant information to the other figures involved;
  • the transporter, who manages the transit of the goods, taking appropriate security measures throughout the journey;
  • the consignee, who must accept the goods and, after unloading, must check whether the necessary security rules have been followed.

Other important roles in the management of dangerous goods and their transport are the packer and the filler, who are in charge of preparing the goods safely and in accordance with the regulations in force, ensuring that packing and filling meet the required specifications. The loader, on the other hand, is in charge of the loading phase, ensuring that all goods are safely positioned and secured within the means of transport. Finally, the unloader, together with the consignee, is involved in the careful reception and unloading of dangerous goods, scrupulously following established safety procedures.


The synergetic collaboration of all these figures along the entire transport chain is essential to ensure the safe and compliant transit of dangerous goods, minimising risks and preserving the safety of people and the environment.


The three levels of ADR training for personnel in charge


Personnel in charge must complete ADR training before assuming any responsibility for the transport of dangerous goods. This training must be tailored to the responsibilities and functions of the person concerned and is divided into three levels: basic, specific and safety.

  • Basic training - this level of ADR training provides an understanding of the key regulations and principles concerning the transport of dangerous goods such as classification, labels and documentation.
  • Specific training - training to familiarise staff with their specific duties and responsibilities related to their role; in the context of multi-modal transport, staff must also be informed of the provisions related to the other transport methods involved.
  • Safety training - this level of ADR training focuses on the risks of dangerous goods based on the severity of the possibility of injury or exposure during transport, including loading and unloading. The purpose of the training is to make personnel aware of safe handling procedures. The purpose of the training is to make personnel aware of safe handling procedures.

All training received must be fully documented and retained by both employer and employee.


The ADR licence for the transporter


The role of the haulier or driver, specifically, entails the obligation to undergo training in order to obtain the ADR Professional Training Certificate (commonly known as a 'ADR licence'). This certificate attests participation in a course approved by the competent authority and passing an examination covering the requirements for the safe transport of dangerous goods (Article ADR Agreement). 

The training is compulsory, except in cases of explicit exemption, and is on two levels according to the type of hazard and mode of transport. The certificate is valid for five years and its renewal ensures that the skills required for the safe transport of dangerous goods are maintained.


To ensure the safe transport of dangerous goods, it is essential to choose a specialised company. For years, Corsini has been dedicated to ADR transport, ensuring that its personnel are adequately trained and in compliance with the current regulations on mandatory ADR training for operators.