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The European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) prescribes that a driver transporting dangerous goods needs a basic certificate: the ADR certificate of professional competence. Supplementary certificates are required for the carriage of some specific dangerous goods. These supplementary requirements apply to:
- carriage by tanker lorries or tank containers;
- carriage of explosives (class 1);
- carriage of radioactive substances (class 7).
Foreign or Dutch certificate
If you are in possession of a foreign ADR certificate (in Dutch) that is in accordance with the prescribed model, this certificate is also valid in the Netherlands. If the certificate has almost expired you can have it extended in the Netherlands by taking an extension test organised by the Central Office for Motor Vehicle Driver Testing (Centraal Bureau Rijvaardigheidsbewijzen, CBR). You must pass this test in the year before your foreign certificate expires. Your new Dutch certificate will be valid for 5 years.
ADR basic certificate
If you want to obtain the ADR certificate (in Dutch) for the first time in the Netherlands, you must take a training course at an institute that is recognised by the CCV department at the CBR. A list of CCV-approved training institutes (in Dutch) can be found on the CBR website.
Extension of ADR certificate
An ADR certificate is valid for 5 years. To extend your certificate you need take the extension exam (in Dutch). If your certificate has expired, you need to take the initial exam again.