“DGSA Training”

DGSA Training

A qualified Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser (DGSA) is required by any organisation who consigns, transports, loads or unloads Dangerous Goods by road, or rail.

The Department for Transport has decided that DGSA's will not have to undergo an approved training course.The form and type of training is a matter for the individual and the employer to decide, based on the individuals knowledge and experience. The DfT however approves the mandatory DGSA exams, and has appointed the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) as its agent. SQA sets, marks and organises the exams, and issues the vocational training certificates for the whole of the UK, and the certificates are recognised in all European Union member states. Find out about the DGSA exams on the SQA website. 

Many candidates find the DGSA training requirements leading up to the examination extremely difficult, a fact bourn out by the high failure level. A surprising amount actually sit the exam three times before finally gaining that coveted certificate.

Most commercially run courses are for up to ten, or more, candidates. And, due to the nature of the course, most on them will fail because they do not receive the attention required. But, at RoadSafe, we take a different approach.

We usually limit our class sizes to no more than five candidates so that each can receive the support they need. We would strongly recommend that only people who have had a long involvement with the industry consider this course, preferably persons who already hold a valid ADR certificate, as this will give them a grounding in the basics. It should be remembered that examination fees and reference material represent an investment of almost £400.00, before any tuition costs.

Our courses all last five days (we do not offer shorter “refresher” courses due to the high failure rates), with the course being highly interactive to ensure the trainees understanding. Homework assignments are also set to reinforce the topics covered over the day, and even after the course, and before the examinations, we continue to set questions to keep the information fresh.


We prefer to run these courses at our fully equipped training centre in Southampton, as this ensures that we maintain an excellent first time pass rate, but can also come to you and train on-site if required.

RoadSafe Europe are also one of the only organisations who offer the training for DGSA by rail as both an initial qualification, and as a 1-2 day conversion course for DGSAs who are already qualified on road but who want to add the DGSA rail qualification to their Training Certificate.

Please note that enrolment with SQA must be completed several weeks before the examination, and that space at some of the exam centres may be limited, so early booking is advisable:

Open courses - £615.00 + VAT per person

On-site courses – please contact us for a quotation.

Our 2015 open DGSA courses are planned as follows:

  • 23-27th February
  • 8-12th June
  • 7-11th September
  • 16-20th November
EXAMINATION DATE Cut-off date for applications
 5th March 2015  12th February 2015
 18th June  28th May
 17th September  27th August
 26th November  5th November

You may find the following links from SQA regarding DGSA training useful:

Syllabus: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/3963.html

Permitted exam materials: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/1583.html

Sample examination papers: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/26689.html







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