Information for candidates

PDP Candidate

2014

All petroleum tanker drivers should have gained a Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) during 2014.

In that year, they had the option of either a full PDP or an interim PDP.

A driver should have taken the full PDP if their ADR was due to be renewed in 2014, or if they required their first ADR. If their ADR was not due for renewal during 2014, they should have taken an interim PDP. Either route would have made the PDP card valid up to the expiry date of their ADR card.

From 2015...

To achieve the PDP after 2015, drivers should undertake PDP training and a full written (multiple choice) assessment, set by SQA. Drivers will also take a practical assessment with a qualified and approved PDP assessor.

Annual Training

When drivers have gained a card (eg valid up to 15th September 2023), they will have to take annual classroom training and an annual practical assessment for their PDP to remain valid.

The annual practical assessment should be sat in the four months leading up to the expiry date and month (eg between 15th May to 15th September) each year. 
​The annual classroom training should be sat anytime in the calendar year (up until 31/12 of each year).

A record of a drivers annual training and assessment will be held on SQA’s secure system.

Timelines

The PDP contains classroom training with a written exam along with a practical assessment, both of which need to be completed every five years. Drivers are also required to attend classroom training and a practical assessment every 12 months to maintain the validity of their PDP.

There must be no more than four months between passing the two elements that make up the PDP (five-year classroom training with exam (25W) and the practical assessment (25P).

For further information and examples of entitlement timelines and situations, please refer to the PDP Entitlement scenarios document in the download section.

Replacement Card

If you have lost your current PDP card, please download the replacement form, guidance notes and photo guidelines from the download section.

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