The Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) is an industry initiative to ensure all tanker drivers in the UK are trained and assessed to a consistent high standard.



PDP (Petroleum Driver Passport)Petroleum tanker drivers may need to complete the Petroleum Driver Passport (PDP) qualification. 

The PDP qualification lasts for 5 years, but an annual classroom and practical refresher must be taken to keep it valid.

The PDP qualification consists of two elements:

  • 3.5 hours classroom training
  • 3.5 hours practical on-the-job assessment

Here at Carmichael Training, we offer the 3.5 hour classroom-based training course.

**On completion of the classroom assessment, candidates then have 4 months to take the practical assessment, which must be done “on the job” with their employer.***

Who should attend?

All petroleum tanker drivers who load, transport and offload petroleum products from a terminal.

Course topics

  • safe loading of petroleum tankers in refineries
  • safe unloading of tankers at filling stations
  • understanding dynamic risk assessments
  • creating safe working environments
  • understanding DSEAR
  • understanding the role of the driver within the concept of DSEAR


Course duration

  • 3.5 hours classroom training


Course delivery

Classroom based training for 3.5 hours. When taking your Full PDP this session will be followed by a 45 minute exam.

Following our classroom-based course, candidates then have 4 months to take the practical assessment, which must be done “on the job” with their employer.

  • 3.5 hours practical assessment (to be done “on the job” with your employer) where candidates will be observed carrying out vehicle checks, paperwork, loading, driving and deliveries.

We do not offer the practical assessment as a service, although we do have qualified PDP assessors who are available to assess drivers on behalf of petroleum companies.



After taking the Full PDP, it will be valid for 5 years. This validity is subject to you taking an annual PDP refresher.


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