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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 with a volume of more than 1,000 litres or tank containers with an individual volume of more than 3,000 litres;
- carriage of explosives (class 1);
- carriage of radioactive substances (class 7);
- carriage of small hazardous household waste.
Foreign or Dutch certificate
If you are in possession of a foreign ADR certificate 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.
ADR basic certificate
If you want to obtain the ADR certificate 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 can be found on the CBR website.