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Tractor training

Training is essential to ensure the safe and effective operation of a tractor. This page explains what tractor training can teach you.

What do we mean by tractor training?

Tractor training is the process of learning the skills needed to safely operate a tractor. While a special tractor licence is not required, training is recommended.

It’s possible to train on one type of tractor and use that knowledge to operate other tractors. But you may need additional specialist training for some tractor types and attachments.

Why do tractor training?

Training and supervision are essential for staying safe around tractors and other machinery and equipment on farms.

As a business owner, manager, or self-employed person, you must ensure any tractor used by your business is safely operated. This includes training and constant supervision of the tractor operator while they are learning and gaining experience. It may also include getting tractor training yourself.

What should tractor training cover?

Tractor training should ensure the operator is familiar with:

  • information contained in the manufacturer's operating manual
  • tractor controls and instruments, including brakes, the clutch, and gears
  • tractor safety features, such as guards and seat belts
  • comfort controls like how to adjust the seat to be in reach of all controls
  • how to start, move off, and stop the tractor
  • regular servicing and maintenance procedures
  • proper implement attachment.

Tractor operators should know of possible hazard situations and how to reduce the risk of incidents. This includes knowing about high-risk situations which require the utmost caution be taken, particularly where:

  • there is a risk of the tractor overturning and ROPS and seatbelts have not been fitted
  • it is necessary to carry passengers and protective frames and seat belts are not provided
  • the tractor is to be operated in an area where it is not practicable to totally separate the tractor operation from other workers or non-workers, including children.