May 6th and 13th, 2017 from 9AM-3PM
Vermont Technical College Dairy Farm
Randolph Center, Water Street
On Saturday May 6th and 13th, 2017, Vermont Technical College's Agriculture Institute and University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H are offering a tractor safety certification course under the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program.
The class will run on each day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Vermont Technical College (VTC) in Randolph and include classroom work, safety demonstrations, plus hands-on tractor driving instruction. The written and driving tests will be given on June 10th. The cost is $65 and includes certification for those who complete the course successfully. Financial assistance is available on a need basis.
Topics to be covered include instruments and controls, pre-operation checks, PTO and hydraulics, maintenance, equipment and farm and highway safety, among others. To become certified, students must complete and document 12 hours of additional practice at home, for which a tractor and adult supervision are required, for a total of 24 hours of study. Finally, each student must pass both a written exam and driving test which will be given on June 10.
While registration is open to ages 14 and older with no upper age limit, the course targets 14- and 15-year-olds who need a training certificate for employment. They may then legally be hired to operate tractors and other machinery on a farm other than their own family farm.
Space is limited to the first 15 paid registrants on a first paid, first served basis. Registration will close on Monday, April 18 or when the class is filled.
To request scholarship funds or a disability-related accommodation to participate in this program, contact Liz Kenton, UVM Extension Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at Liz.Kenton@uvm.edu or (802) 257-7967, ext. 308 by Friday, April 14, 2017.