Classroom DGSA Course

Classroom based 5 day Dangerous Goods Safety Adviser course

Our classroom course is held in Coventry every quarter. It’s an immersive experience away workplace distractions.

Our approach is simple: better support; better results.

  • You’ll receive an online pre-course entitled An Introduction to your DGSA Course.
  • Join a small group in a setting conducive to adult learning, where lunch and all refreshments are provided
  • Additional resources are available online in your learner account area
  • 1:1 coaching is included in the cost of all DGSA courses. Post-course, your tutor will spend time with you, developing your individual revision plan.

Your exams and ADR manuals included

Booking the course and Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) exams can feel like a duplication of effort. Once you’ve provided your details we will book your DGSA examination with SQA, on your behalf.

You will receive all of your learning materials including the ADR manuals on the first day of the course. We will send you further information about what you should (and shouldn’t) do in our pre-course guidance.

Qualified DGSAs looking at work documents having passed our DGSA course

Peer-to-Peer Learning

Adult learners often bring a lot of experience to the course. We look to utilise this experience, using relevant examples from group members about how it works in the ‘real-world’. 

You’ll be involved in group discussions and complete exercises that will really help you understand the role and responsibilities of a DGSA from different viewpoints.


Classroom Vs Online

Which is best for me?

  • Classroom


    • Removes home/work-based distractions

    • Learners can interact with the tutor and other learners

    • Creates a sense of community with other learners

    • Removes technology, which for some, can be a barrier to learning

  • Online


    • Learn from anywhere

    • Work from the comfort of your own home

    • Save on travel and accommodation

    • 2 options of course date to suit your learning style

Upcoming Courses

Below are our currently available course dates. We have options to attend online via our virtual classroom or in-person at our course in Coventry

Course date Course Location Places remaining Exam date
25/08/2022 – 02/09/2022 Online 7 15/09/2022 Book Now
05/09/2022 – 09/09/2022 Coventry 8 15/09/2022 Book Now
31/10/2022 – 04/11/2022 Online 8 24/11/2022 Book Now
07/11/2022 – 11/11/2022 Coventry 12 24/11/2022 Book Now
14/11/2022 – 18/11/2022 Online 5 24/11/2022 Book Now
06/02/2023 – 10/02/2023 Online 10 02/03/2023 Book Now
13/02/2023 – 17/02/2023 Coventry 12 02/03/2023 Book Now
20/02/2023 – 24/02/2023 Online 10 02/03/2023 Book Now
22/05/2023 – 26/05/2023 Online 10 15/06/2023 Book Now
05/06/2023 – 09/06/2023 Coventry 12 15/06/2023 Book Now

Meet your course tutor

Hi, my name is Keith Gray. I founded this site to demystify some of the complexity related to Dangerous Goods transport and help learners prepare for the exam(s). It doesn’t matter if you’re starting out on your career in dangerous goods, or if you have a lifetime of experience. Our aim is to ensure you have an interesting and engaging experience…

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Keith Gray, DGSA Academy Course Tutor

What happens after I book the course?

Leaners on all course types receive the same structured support, enabling the best chance of exam success.

  • Booking confirmation

    Course bookers receive a booking confirmation with a VAT invoice. Any registered learners also receive a welcome email, introducing the course tutor and explaining the next steps.

  • Pre-Course

    Prior to the course, we’ll provide access to our online Introduction To Our DGSA Course and a short quiz to establish what you already know about dangerous goods.

  • ADR Manuals

    The main text for the course will be provided on the first day of the course. ADR consists of two big volumes. We urge our candidates not to be intimidated by these books – they are not designed to be read front to back – they are reference manuals.

  • The Course

    The classroom course takes 5 days and we finish after lunch on day 5 to allow people to travel home. It is an intensive course, so it is important that you attend each day and turn up on time. Other than that, it is on us to make sure you understand the content and you’re confident going into the exam. 

    DGSA Academy exists with the sole purpose of training, preparing and supporting you through your DGSA exams, and beyond.

  • Post Course Revision

    We will also send you a link to additional revision materials which you can use as you see fit – gaps in a learner’s knowledge are as individual as learners themselves, so we help you prepare accordingly.  

  • The Exams

    You are required to pass three exams to qualify as a DGSA by Road: Core, All Classes, Road. The exams you sit are ‘open-book’. You use the ADR manuals (and other texts) to answer the questions presented. This means you are not required to remember what’s in the ADR; it’s more a test of how to find the correct information.