Youth Tractor Safety Certification
Training youth in safer tractor operation is a high priority in Vermont. Our young people living and working on farms operate a variety of agricultural equipment, including tractors.
Although many hazardous tasks may be performed only by employees 16 and up, agricultural labor law provides a training exemption for 14 and 15 year olds to be legally employed. This law applies only to hired labor, not immediate family of farm owners and operators.
To make it easier for farm youth, families, and employers to find a training event near them, UVM Extension 4-H also offers a one-stop online calendar of youth tractor education opportunities around the state. Note that some Career & Technical Education programs offer a course that is only open to enrolled students. In that case, the listing will indicate that the course is not open to the public.
Becoming a certified youth tractor safety instructor
To learn more about teaching a National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation course, get in touch with us or you can find more information on eXtension.org
Offering a youth certification class
We offer a curriculum library, safety demo materials such as a PTO simulator, and on-site assistance with leading a youth certification course.
Youth Farm and Tractor Safety Resources
You can find a collection of links to safety training resources on tractors and other farm safety topics in Vermont 4-H's Youth Farm Safety Project.
Inquiries and comments relating to youth agricultural safety education may be directed to the following UVM Extension personnel:
- Regarding youth tractor safety certification: contact Liz Kenton, 4-H Youth Agriculture Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-257-7967 x308 or 1-800-278-5480 (VT only).
- To find out more about resources for in-school farm safety education events: contact Wendy Sorrell, State 4-H Livestock Educator, at email@example.com or at 802-656-5418 or 1-800-571-0668 (VT only).
- For information on Youth Farm Safety day-camp events: contact Martha Manning, 4-H Educator for Franklin and Grand Isle counties, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-524-6501 x449 or 1-800-639-2130 (VT only).
There is more information on the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program and the Hazardous Occupations Safety Training in Agriculture on eXtension.org
For more information on youth agricultural labor law visit the Department of Labor.
Last modified March 31 2016 11:14 AM