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Tractor Training & Certification

Hard Hat Training courses meet all training requirements set by OSHA or Canada.

We Offer Three Different Types of Safety Trainings

Our OSHA-compliant certification courses are updated to reflect the most recent changes made to safety standards. Whether you want a 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 training you want in the way you want it and at a price you can afford.

Online Training

Online is for those who prefer self-paced training from any location or for employers who need to assign and monitor employee training progress and exam scores.

Training Kits

The training kit is for those who want the freedom of doing the training themselves. It's a PowerPoint presentation you can use to train a group of trainees.

Train the Trainer

Train the trainer courses are online and meant to certify a individual to use the training kit to train others. The kit is included with the train the trainer online course for no additional cost.

Onsite Training

Onsite training is for companies looking for hands on training on your own equipment at your location. We come to you (from Rexburg, Idaho) so travel expenses are included, because of this onsite training is best for groups of at least 5-10+ trainees.

What's in the Tractor Training Course?

Our tractor safety training course is regulation compliant, and our online version fulfills classroom training requirement. 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 OSHA.

Estimated Training Length: Because everyone learns and progresses at different speeds, the amount of time you spend taking this training will vary. However, the estimated time for this training is 2 – 2.5 hours.

Intended Audience:

  • Employees
  • Supervisors
  • Employers

Though you will still need to familiarize yourself with all other applicable federal, state, provincial, and local standards, this training encompasses the following OSHA standards as they relate to tractors:

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For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!

Certification Standards

U.S. Standards

  • 29 CFR 1928 - Protective structures for agricultural tractors
  • 29 CFR 1928.53 - Protective enclosures for agricultural tractors
  • 29 CFR 1928.57 - Guarding of farm equipment
  • 29 CFR 1910.145 - Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags
  • 29 CFR 1910.1200 - Hazard Communication
  • 29 CFR 1910.1201 - Retention of DOT markings, placards, and labels
  • Canada 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
  • Train the Trainer Certification

    The train the trainer option is used to certify a trainer to teach others using the included training kit. It incorporates the training online course with an additional train the trainer module, as well as the training kit. This option results in an OSHA 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 Safety Training?

    In line with OSHA requirements, anyone who operates heavy equipment must receive training prior to operating the machine on their own. OSHA 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, OSHA’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 prove continued competency.

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    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.

    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.

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    For most courses, we offer OSHA trainings in English and Spanish, CAL-OSHA trainings in English, and Canada trainings in English. See all of our options!
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