Training Courses

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Drivers CPC 2009

logo Driver-CPCThe requirement: All professional Cat C, C plus E and C1 drivers will be required to attend 35 hours of training in every five year period from 10 September 2008. This training is known as “Periodic Training”. For existing drivers who hold an LGV Licence acquired before Sept 2009 their first five year period will cover 10 September 2009 to 09 September 2014.This means that all existing drivers will need to complete their 35 hours training by September 2014.

Training undertaken between September 2009 and September 2014 will NOT expire on the 10th of September 2014

Most of the training courses delivered by SDH can be counted towards the Driver CP.C.

All our training courses can be delivered at clients own venues (subject to suitability) and at a time to suit operational needs for example we will and have delivered courses to suit nightshift personnel.


Course Title




Max N° Candidates Per Instructor


Carriage of Dangerous Goods – Initial Day 1





Carriage of Dangerous Goods – Initial Day 2





Carriage of Dangerous Goods – Initial Day 3





Carriage of Dangerous Goods – Refresher





Tanker Awareness





Safe and Skilled Driving Techniques





Mechanical Handling Equipment









The 3½ hour modules listed below (with a DCPCC reference) are part of a modular system that allows customers, booking bespoke courses, to choose those training elements that they wish to include in each 7 hours of periodic training. Where providers are running open courses providing 35 hours of training in a week, the system allows flexibility to fit in candidates who are only looking for a specific 7 hours within the week Note 1st Aid 2 can ONLY be combined with 1st Aid 1    



Vehicle Defect Checks and Reporting




Drivers’ Hours Regulations




Digital Tachographs




Drivers Hours Record Keeping




Safe Manual Handling




Vehicle / Personal Accident Reporting / Recording




Vehicle / Personal Accident Reporting / Recording




1st Aid 1 - for Emergency cover




Safe Loading of Vehicles / Load Restraint / Roping & Sheeting




Driver Safety Induction




1st Aid 2 – in conjunction with 1st Aid 1 to provide emergency first aid at work




Safe & Efficient Driving (classroom)




Driver Compliance




Customer Care



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ADR Training

The ADR programme delivered covers the following classes:

  • Class 1 Explosives (not delivered on standard course)ADR
  • Class 2 – Gases
  • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids
  • Class 4 – Flammable Solids
  • Class 5 – Oxidising Agents
  • Class 6 – Toxic & Infectious Substances
  • Class 7 Radioactive (not delivered on standard courses)
  • Class 8 – Corrosives
  • Class 9 – Environmental Hazardous

The programme includes:

  • Core Module, undertaken by all drivers
  • Packages – a description of variety and type of containment systems used foe the carriage of Dangerous goods by road other than by tankers.
  • Tanks – for the movement of dangerous goods in road tankers & tank containers.

All the above modules are subject to Scottish Qualifications Authority examinations.

3.5 day course to cover Core Packages & 7 danger classes, with a further 1.5 days to cover Tanks & Tank Containers.
If you do not wish to do tanks then the course would be reduced to 3.5 day course.

Explosives and Radioactives as one day additions subject to course numbers.

All courses are arranged by one of our partners

Candidates may also attend  ADR courses for specific courses, for example Core, Packages and Class 2 Gases

Core, Tankers, and Class 3 Flammable Liquids

Delivery, Classroom based either at a Wolverhampton venue or client location

PDP Training

Most petroleum tanker drivers collecting product from terminals will need to gain a PDP during 2014.

The PDP was created by the Downstream Oil Industry Distribution Forum (DODF). A partnership of employers, industry bodies and trade unions. DODF has appointed the Scottish Qualification Authority.

The PDP is not a legal requirement; PDP does not replace or supersede Terminal inductions or Company training and procedures.

Products affected by the PDP:



UN 1223            KEROSENE


UN 1268 and UN 3475 in some circumstances

Most major Terminals have signed up to the scheme and many of the smaller independents.

(SQA) to manage the PDP

All petroleum tanker drivers will need to gain a PDP during 2014.

You will need either a full PDP or an interim PDP.

You must take the full PDP if your ADR is due to be renewed in 2014, or if you require your first ADR. If your ADR is not due for renewal during 2014, you will need to take an interim PDP. This will be valid up to the expiry date of your ADR card.

For the interim PDP, you will be given classroom training covering key content from the Industry Training Standard. You will then take a written (multiple choice) assessment, set by SQA. There is also a practical assessment in the industry sub-sector most relevant to your workload. A qualified and approved PDP assessor will assess you.

In order to achieve the full PDP, drivers will need undertake PDP training and a full written assessment, set by SQA.

You will take this alongside your five-yearly ADR renewal training and assessment. You will also take a practical assessment with a qualified and approved PDP assessor.

After 2014, you will have to take annual classroom refresher and an annual practical assessment for your PDP to remain valid. Your record of annual training and assessment will be held on SQA’s secure system.


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


There must also be no more than four months between the annual training and the annual practical assessment.


The initial PDP in 2014 (full or interim) will align with a driver’s current ADR expiry date.


This means that drivers who are due ADR training in 2014 will work towards and receive a full five-year PDP.


Drivers with an ADR expiry after 2014 (eg 2016) will work towards and receive an interim PDP in 2014, which will be valid until their current ADR expiry date (eg 2016). 


The theory and pracitcal elements if undertaken within a 24 hour period can recieve 7 hours drivers CPC

Dangerous Goods Awareness Training


Who Needs This Training?

The European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR, Paragraph 1.3.1) requires all participants ‘whose duties concern the carriage of dangerous goods shall be trained in the requirements governing the carriage of such goods appropriate to their responsibilities and duties‘.  Examples of the roles that may require dangerous goods awareness training are those involved with:

  • Classification of dangerous goods intended to be shipped by road
  • Packing, marking, labeling and preparation of individual shipments
  • Preparation of transport documents
  • Placarding, loading and unloading of vehicles or freight containers
  • The transport of dangerous goods by road as determined by the competent authority

Although this is not an exhaustive list, The level and depth of this training depends on the responsibility and duties of the person concerned. The training must be specific to each individual's tasks.

It is left to the employer to decide exactly what training is required, you are riminded that training records are liable for inspection at any time by the ‘Competent Authority’.

This course can also be suited to the same requirements as with IMDG.

First Aid

The Emergency First Aid at Work covers the HSE's 'Appointed Person' requirement and is a very good substitute for the 3 day First Aid at Work.

The Emergency First Aid at Work certificate is valid for 3 years.

The 3 day First Aid at Work covers the HSE's 'Fully Qualified First Aider' status requirement and is the more intense version of the EFAW course. It covers all areas mentioned in the EFAW course but in greater detail. The First Aid at Work certificate is valid for 3 years.

First Aid at Work Courses General Breakdown (EFAW and FAW)

CPR Doll
What is First Aid
First Aid in the Workplace
Responsibilities of the First Aider
Action in an Emergency
Primary Survey
Secondary Survey
Breathing and Circulation
Principles of Resuscitation
Disorders of Respiration
Disorders of Circulation
Wounds and Bleeding
Disorders of consciousness
Foreign Objects
Burns and Scalds
Bones, Joints and Muscle Injuries
Incident Management
Bites and Stings
Effects of Heat and Cold

Course Duration

1 Day - Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)
3 Days - First Aid at Work (FAW)

Banksman Training

Banksman-ImageWho is the course for?

Banksman training is designed to ensure that companies meet their legal obligations and minimise the risk of costly accidents or potential fatalities when manoeuvering and reversing vehicles in the yard.

Reversing vehicles account for almost a quarter of all fatal vehicle-related accidents at work. These vehicles, usually reversing at low speed, can cause damage to vehicles, property and equipment. Taking simple safety precautions can prevent these accidents.

Course Outline

This is a theoretical and practical course of structured tuition following the HSE guidance “Safety of Vehicles in the Workplace”

Course Content

  • Health and safety legislation
  • Safety awareness of potential hazards and risks
  • Site conditions
  • Safety procedures
  • Signalling and reversing techniques

Course Objectives

To provide the reversing banksman with the required skills to perform their duties safely and efficiently.


The course lasts for one day


Course Descriptioncoshh

Designed for all employees, this qualification is designed for those who use substances hazardous to health at work. It introduces candidates to substances, the risks and controls available, and outlines what to expect from a control of substances hazardous to health (COSHH) assessment.

The course will prepare employees to contribute to the safe use of hazardous substances in their workplaces.

The qualification covers the following topics:

  • Definition and types of substances hazardous to health in the workplace
  • Health effects of hazardous substances and their causes
  • COSHH assessments and control options
  • Responsibilities imposed by the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002

Duration: Half day

Forklift Truck

Course Description

Lift trucks are widely used thought industry for moving materials and goods, but they also feature prominently in worksite accidents. Every year there are about 8000 lift truck accidents resulting in injury, on average ten of them fatal. These injuries cause suffering for


the people involved and their dependants, and often incur heavy costs for the employer’s business. Even an incident not causing injury may result in costly damage to lift trucks, buildings, fittings and the goods being handled. Employers have a duty under Health and Safety Law to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare of their employees.

The aim of this course is to deliver training to new operators in the principles of use of loading equipment and health and safety regulations.

  • Introduction to Course
  • Health & Safety at Work 1974
  • P.U.W.E.R. 98 (Provision and use of Work equipment Regs. 98)
  • Operators Code
  • Principals of Lifting
  • Battery Care
  • Stability Factors
  • Principals of the Fork Truck
  • Steering Operations (forward and reverse) & (confined areas)
  • Picking up, setting down, transporting pallets / loads
  • Stacking and destacking loads at various heights
  • Written and Practical Tests

Digital Tachograph Training for Drivers

Designed for existing/new LGV drivers, now is the time to plan for the introduction of digital tachograph.Tacho

Course Outline

  • Pre-training planning for operators.
  • Gain a clear understanding of both EU and UK legislation governing the operation of digital tachograph.
  • A detailed examination of the actual digital tachograph system, comprising the vehicle unit, sensor, speedometer and smart cards.
  • Looking at the different tachograph smart cards, how they differ, how they are issued and to whom.
  • Data security.
  • How the digital tachograph is used, including logging on and off, manual entries, data display, menu structures, adjusting time settings, etc.
  • Learning about pictograms and their various combinations.
  • Using printouts, interpreting the data and understanding the requirements for mixed analogue and digital operations.

Duration: Half Day


Fire Safety Awareness

This course can be tailored to suit companies own individual requirementsFire-Safety

  • Main causes and effects of fires in the workplace
  • Duties and responsibilities (of employers, employees and fire wardens)
  • Procedures in the event of a fire
  • Actions to be taken in the event of a fire
  • Fire prevention measures
  • Fire risk management, including risk assessment
  • The fire triangle
  • Fire risk control measures (active and passive)
  • Reporting fire safety issues
  • Portable fire-fighting equipment
  • Simple checks of portable fire-fighting equipment

Duration: Half day

Health and Safety Courses

Health and Safety in the Workplace

Health and safety understanding for all employees. Can be tailored to business and individual needs to make the learning experience relevant and fit for purpose.

The qualification covers the following topics:

  • Legislation
  • Health
  • Safety
  • Welfare
  • The workplace and workplace equipment
  • Risk assessment
  • Manual handling
  • Hazardous substances
  • Ergonomics and workstation design
  • Transport and vehicles
  • Noise and vibration

Duration: 6 hours

Load Restraint

Who is the course for?Load-Restraint

This course is designed for persons who need to meet the requirements outlined in the Department Code of Practice for Safety of Loads on Vehicles

Course Outline

This will cover load characteristics, weight distribution, load stability and its effects on the vehicle handling, as well as load securing equipment i.e. various straps, ropes, chains, chocks and blocks.

Course Content

  • Training Objectives
  • Health & Safety at Work Act
  • Correct Loading and Unloading
  • Security of Loads
  • Safety of Loads
  • Load Distribution
  • Pallet Loads
  • Securing Containers
  • Sheeting and Roping
  • Methods of Restrains
  • Anchor Points


This course lasts for half a day.

Manual Handling

Who is the course for?Manual-Handling

It is aimed at those who carry out manual handling activities at work and introduces students to the hazards of manual handling, the risks involved and controls available and what to expect from a manual handling assessment.
Successful completion will prepare students to look carefully at their own work activities and contribute to the development of safer methods and tasks, in co-operation with their managers and supervisors.

Course Outline

Topic areas covered:

  • The process of manual handling in the workplace.
  • Manual handling injuries and the activities which cause them.
  • Manual handling assessment and control options.
  • Responsibilities imposed by the Manual Handling Operations Regulations.


By the end of the programme the student will be able to:

  • explain what is meant by the term 'manual handling' and give examples;
  • explain how manual handling can cause injury and give examples;
  • state the principles for controlling manual handling risks and apply these in a practical context;
  • demonstrate a general understanding of the value and purposes of conducting a manual handling assessment and what employees can expect of such assessments;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the main provisions of the Manual Handling Operations Regulations.


This is a half-day course delivered at our training centre or in-company.

Safe Driving Techniques

Course ObjectivesSafe-Driving

  • Less injuries and fatalities on our roads
  • Less accident damage to vehicles
  • Less unproductive downtime for vehicle repair
  • The potential for reduced insurance premiums
  • An overall awareness of fuel economy
  • The Use of Driving Techniques

SDH supply a half day classroom based course Or an “in cab”

The duration of the in cab course is 1 day

Yard Shunter

Course ContentYard-Shunter

  • Vehicle checks
  • Trailer and ancillary checks
  • Looking at coupling/uncoupling procedures
  • Basic forward driving techniques in the company yard
  • Basic reversing around the company yard

Course Duration - Novice

This is a 3-day course for articulated vehicles. A maximum of 3 delegates allowed per course.
This course can be held at your premises; however it is advised that the training takes place in the yard where the employee will be working.

Course Duration - Experienced

Fully Experienced and existing LGV Holders
1 day and a maximum of 6

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