Tractor Training & Certification
What do we offer? Whether you want farm tractor training and certification in as little as two hours with our online training or a more robust, customizable option like you get with our DIY training kits or on-site training, we can help you get the tractor training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.
What are my options for tractor training?
What’s in the Tractor Training Course?
Our tractor safety training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirements. Each class contains sections on tractor anatomy, inspections, stability, safe operations, common hazards, and more.
This presentation will give you a rundown of a tractor’s functionality and components and walk you step-by-step through both an exterior and interior pre-shift inspection. It will offer you valuable instructions for working safely both on and around tractors, paying special attention to the most common hazards associated with tractor operation.
The presentation also includes intermittent practice quiz questions to prepare for the final written exam included with the tractor safety course. In addition to the written exam, this course also includes a checklist for employers to use when administering a practical exam as required by CSA.
Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following CSA standards as they relate to tractors:
- Encompasses these U.S. Standards
ISO 26322-1:2008 – Tractors for agriculture and forestry – Safety
ISO 17567:2020 – Tractor hydraulics
B352.0-16 – Roll-over protective structures (ROPS) for mobile machinery
G5.3-8 – The application of WHMIS in agriculture
G16.21(2)-1 – Operator protective structure standards for agricultural tractors
G16.22(2) – Use of ROPS on agricultural tractors when operated on steep slopes or narrow roadways
G16.23 – ROPS standards for agricultural tractors
What is the tractor train the trainer course exactly?
The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in a CSA compliant lifetime trainer certification from Hard Hat Training. This certification is not company-specific, meaning you can take it with you should you change employers.
Why do I need tractor training?
In line with CSA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. CSA requirements for refresher training related to forklifts or other processes are very specific. Most other equipment doesn’t have such specific requirements, but it’s wise to follow the same guidelines.
When it comes to refresher training, CSA’s standard in some instances (like forklifts) are very specific: operators must be re-evaluated every three years to see if they are still competent to operate the equipment. Best practices say to apply this same rule to all types of equipment. A so-called “free-pass” cannot be awarded based on experience, age, or time on the job. The extent of the evaluation is to be determined by the employer but should include a written and practical examination that proves continued competency.
Did You Know?
Nearly 100 agricultural workers suffer a lost-time work injury every day.
In 2017, 416 farmers and farm workers died from a work-related injury. A majority of these were caused by tractor accidents.
Utilizing both roll-over protective structures (ROPS) and seatbelts on a tractor is estimated to be 99% effective at preventing fatalities during a rollover.
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Tractor Training Frequently Asked Questions
How old does a person have to be to drive a tractor?
Most heavy machine operators must be at least 18 years old. The US Department of Labor does allow some exceptions for operators as young as 14, specifically in the agricultural industry, but those cases are heavily regulated. And of course, anyone who operates a tractor must be properly trained first.
Can tractors be driven on public roads?
In many cases, yes, as long as the driver follows the rules of the road and the tractor is equipped with any lights, signs, and other markings required by federal and local laws.
What types of industries employ tractors?
While they are often thought of as farm equipment, tractors are used in many other industries such as landscaping, construction, and civil engineering. The truth is that the role of a tractor is only limited by the variety of attachments it can carry.
Where do I go if I have questions about a specific model of tractor?
For questions concerning operation, maintenance, and repair, you should probably begin by consulting the operator’s manual included with the machine. For more complicated questions, your best bet is to contact the manufacturer directly.