This testimonial for the recent course that I enrolled in DGSA training online – Ireland. I must put in record of Mr. Marcus Phelan’s Instructor capability is a distinguishing factor of the online training world. I enrolled for this course from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and went to Dublin – Ireland to write the examination.

Having my 2 decades of professional experience in the aviation industry in particular Training and Compliance, I must say that Mr. Marcus has extended his fullest cooperation since day one of the course and he is a pioneer to make the subject comprehensive. His thorough knowledge, passion towards the subject and teaching methodologies shall make you feel that virtually he is next to you.  Mr. Marcus has adopted the right tools and technologies where the time and distance doesn’t matter to learn the subject. If I may go micro details such as the course the registration process, dispatch of training materials, tool kit (To my surprise the tool kit has all required stationaries from the pencil, sharpener, eraser, highlighter, bookmarks …… so on……), on-time training schedule, regular follow up of the assignment, guidance are a few examples of the quality that I was really impressed with and one must experience.

I vouch that DGSA training online is the perfect fit for those who are facing time, travel, and distance constraints. Worth investing for a better carrier.

Thank you, 

Balaji Thota, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

When I told my work colleagues that I was considering doing the DGSA Exam, their reaction was you’re joking! I must admit it is challenging, but it just takes commitment. That’s where Marcus and DGSA Training Online comes in. Everything is taken care of and is very professional. It started when I received the books. Not only was my book the best tabbed book in the exam hall, the notes and highlights that Marcus suggested for our bookshelped tremendously when finding the answers in a hurry-and believe me timing is critical in the exam. Marcus made sure everyone understood everything, before moving on. Looking up the book became second nature after completing all the little sample questions Marcus had set after each chapter. A big thank you to Marcus for guiding me to achieving my goal.

Simon Rooney, Waste to Zero Ltd.

I’m delighted to have achieved my DGSA Certification (November 2018 Examination) through training with Marcus Phelan from DGSA Training Online. The online training meant that I could study at my own pace, in my own time and at a place that suited me. Also, I did not have to take time off work to attend classroom sessions. The course content was excellent, easy to follow, and Marcus was always on hand to provide his expertise, support and constructive feedback on my progress. Thank you Marcus!

Grainne Thornbury, IIFA FIATA Diploma Course Facilitator, Irish International Freight Association

This was the first e-learning course I have completed. I found it brilliant and suited my situation well. I live in Donegal , have a young family and I am a director of a company that requires me to travel all over Ireland. It was a case that you can study in whatever time suits your own schedule and can be done anywhere you can get an Internet connection. I found the material and the program very well laid out and easy to follow.The course notes, revision questions on each section as you went along, reminders about where you should be at stages, and I loved the fact that I could nip in and do a section whenever suited me. There were quizzes and exercises to helpmock exams and feedback to be top class. I also found the weekly Skype call to be extremely helpful as well. Marcus always was very helpful and very quick and efficient with feedback. I would have no problem recommending this course to anyone looking for their DGSA qualification.

Stephen Sweeney The Swilly Group

The training was excellent from start to finish. Before the course started a box arrived in the post with all the materials that I needed to get through the course, including the ADR volumes plus everything from a ruler to highlighters to tabs and instructions on where to place them within the volumes. It is a tough course followed by gruelling exams- please dont be fooled by the open book aspect yet Marcus made it so do-able. His Moodle training approach was so easy to follow and I loved the fact that I could nip in and do a section whenever suited me. There were quizzes and exercises to help with the learning but more importantly with getting through the exams. You can easily track your progress throughout the training and keep an eye on the marks you are achieving. I found the skype tutorials so helpful due to Marcus’ thorough knowledge of the subject matter. I availed of the face to face training option also and found this of great benefit in boosting my confidence for the exams. Marcus really made it a painless, and dare I say it enjoyable experience. I would strongly recommend using Marcus Phelan of DGSA Training Online if you are considering becoming a DGSA

Edel Boles, SHEQ Training Ltd.

I did the Blended Learning Course with Marcus in October 2017 and am thankful that I did. The on-line element of the course was perhaps the best E-Learning tool I have ever used. It was challenging yet realistic, and perhaps the most attractive part of it was the live tutorials. I chose the blended method as I felt that the classroom scenario was necessary to compliment the on-line and that it would give a more personal 1 to 1 interaction between pupil and teacher. I was correct – It worked for me. At the beginning of the course I felt I had bit off more than I could handle and doubted whether 4 weeks would be adequate to take me across the line. By the end of the course and most especially after the 2 days in class, I was well prepared for whatever the examiner wished to throw at me. I wanted to do that exam!I PASSED and felt that once I left the examination hall. Thank you Marcus. I will recommend you to future colleagues who need training from scratch or refresher training.

Oliver Devlin (DGSA)

Thanks for you assistance throughout. It was my first experience in doing a purely online course. I found it to be a fantastic experience and the support that you provided was first class. I would have no hesitation in encouraging anyone to take this course online.

Karl Sweeney, Swilly Group

I would highly recommend the DGSA course delivered by Marcus. As I had never sat the DGSA exams before, I chose the “Blended Learning” option which has the online component as well as two days in the classroom. I found the online component to be well laid out and easy to follow. The Progress Quizzes which were at regular intervals throughout also gave me a good indication of how my knowledge was progressing. If I had any questions Marcus always responded within a very short time period. I found the two classroom days to be hugely beneficial, especially sitting mock exams against the clock and getting a feel for the time constraints placed on you during the exam. I would recommend this if it is your first time sitting the exams. I found Marcus to be highly informative and great tutor regards exam technique. Once you are willing to put the required work in yourself and set adequate time aside to study then I would definitely recommend sitting this course delivered by Marcus.

Brian, Erith Contractors Ltd.

I did the blended learning option with DGSA Training in March 2017. While initially I had some concerns in relation to e-learning everything went smoothly. Marcus is very professional and organised. For me the two day Course Workshop made the difference. The DGSA exams are hard work but I was delighted with my results. A big thanks Marcus for all his help and advice.

Declan Callan, ADTA

I completed the blended learning option with DGSA training in July 2016. Marcus’s sample answers and questions exactly mapped the exams format. Marcus was very professional and he also explained any questions I had via Skype and E-mail. The blended learning option allows the best of both worlds- at home study and in class tutorials/mock exams I would recommended this course. Thanks Marcus- I’m delighted with my results

Declan, Pfizer

I would like to thank Marcus Phelan for his guidance to achieve my DGSA certification. I highlight his instant availability and accommodation with students schedules at work and at home.

Victor Vargas, Agility Logistics

I did the blended learning option with DGSA training in July 2016. Marcus’s sample answers and questions were true to exam format. He was very professional and also on hand via Skype if you ever needed a question answered. The blended learning option allows the best of both worlds- at home study and in class tutorials/mock exams. Thanks Marcus- I’m very happy with my results.

Danielle, RCSI

I’d like to say a Big thank you to Marcus for his help & guidance with the DGSA exams. I would highly recommend the online elearning course, it really suited me as I had the freedom to study at times that worked with my schedule. I enjoyed the layout of the course, it was easy to work your way through the different modules and the skype calls really helped. Thanks again for everything!

Philip Rice, Advance Drive

Thank you so much for your time and effort in delivering the DGSA. Doing the DGSA online I initially was quite sceptical about it, but the way in which it is laid out and the pace and manner in which it in which it is delivered really suits this type of examination and the blended learning is a fantastic idea for those who are really tight for time. So this really did suit me in the end as I could choose the times that I studies but yet still have to meet deadlines which kept me disciplined.
Knowing we had you in the background and your response times were really fast and efficient left the whole process seamless. I would recommend doing the DGSA with your good self but also on line best of both worlds with the blended learning.

Thanks again and look forward to seeing you again in 5 years.

Yvonne Sheehan, ADTA

The DGSA examinations are in themselves very different to conventional exams in that they are open book and the course must be comprehensively understood rather than just memorised and regurgitated. The online DGSA training lends itself perfectly well to preparing a candidate for this type of learning and exam. The course itself is very well outlined and structured, and suitable for both new comers to the exam or people renewing their qualification. The platform is easy to use and full of the right content including theory, videos, diagrams, visual aids, and plenty of practice questions, revision case studies and sample questions. Preparing for the exam online has many advantages; one can study when and where they wish and for as long or short as they wish, no travelling to classroom courses, it doesn’t necessitate taking leave from work and is more economical aswell! That being said, there was no downside to distance learning with DGSA Training Online. Marcus, the course facilitator, was on hand at any time to answer questions, emails, phone calls and provide constructive feedback when course questions and case studies had been submitted and corrected. The benefit of this is that more time can be spent one to one with Marcus than might be reasonable or practical in a classroom setting. This was the first time that I prepared for my DGSA qualification via an online platform and I would have no hesitation whatsoever in using DGSA Training Online again or recommending Marcus to anyone else facing DGSA certification

David Muckian, Atlas Forwarding Ltd.

As the DGSA exam is so logical and requires the participant to explain & show how they have reached their answer I feel that the online training provided by www.dgsatraining.ie leads perfectly to preparing you for the exams ahead with plenty of visual aids and a variety of different explanatory methods. The flexibility of being able to log in and continue where you have left off at a time that suits you and the constant support and encouragement of a very knowledgeable DGSA in Marcus Phelan, lends itself well to continue with your day to day functions with minimum disruption to your schedule. The face to face sessions are the fine tuning needed to bring you into the examination with the maximum chance of success. I would recommend this online course to anyone with aspirations
of becoming a DGSA.

Ciarán Stafford, DGSA, Sigma-Aldrich Ireland

I decided to try out an on-line DGSA exam course (e Learning) as I had work commitments and couldn’t afford to take a week off work to travel to a training course. I was very happy I went with the DGSA e-Learning course I chose from DGSA Training Online. The course was very well laid out on line and very easy to follow. There were continuous assessments & quizzes that had to be completed as you went through the course which was a great way to revise & understand better what was just covered in a chapter. I found the support & assistance I got from Marcus was excellent, he had a lot of knowledge & experience, was very quick to respond to any queries I had throughout the 4 week course. Overall I would definitely recommend this on line DGSA exam course as an excellent way to study and prepare for the DGSA exams!!

Rachel Kelly, Beckman Coulter, Galway

This on-line solution is an excellent option for those of us with a hectic schedule, as you can work through the modules when you are free. It is broken down in a very simplistic logical manner which aids learning, you’ll surprise yourself that you actually know the answers. Marcus is extremely knowledgeable on the subject, and is extremely supportive throughout. I have no hesitation endorsing this course"

Gráinne Weldon, syncreon

I found The ADR course very well organised. Marcus is very dedicated to his job. He could help me with all the aspects of ADR. Thank you Marcus you done great work.


If you cant afford to take a week or two off work like me and you can only study in the mornings and evenings and still have the support of an experienced professional like Marcus, this is the course for you. The course material is superb, concentrating on the key things, clear summaries, clear overview and tests. While you have full control of your time, you are never alone, Marcus is always there to answer any problems. The course was not easy, but after completion the exam seemed to be an easy exercise. Thank You Marcus!


Marcus’s in-depth knowledge and experience of Dangerous Goods meant that any questions on the subject material were promptly explained using relevant examples. I would have no hesitation in highly recommending Marcus for DGSA training or refresher courses.

Killian, IWT Global Solutions

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