Tractor Safety

Youth Tractor & Machinery Safety Course

The Tractor and Machinery Safety course certifies youth under 16 to operate tractors on public roads or work near dangerous equipment on farms. This certification allows 12 and 13 year olds to drive equipment on public roads for their parents’ farm, while 14 and 15 year-olds are certified to work for extended family and non-family members. Certification is obtained by successfully completing the Tractor and Farm Machinery Safety Training Course including a written and tractor driving exam. The class is 24 hours long, running 6 hours per day for four consecutive weekdays.

Typically, the class is held either the third or fourth week of June. Dane County and Rock County staff jointly teach one tractor safety class and alternate the host county from year to year.

YOUTH MUST BE AT LEAST 12-YEARS OLD BY THE BEGINNING OF THE COURSE TO ENROLL

A parent or guardian is required to attend the start of the class with their child from 8-9 am. Parents will not need to be present for the remainder of the course.

The 2019 class was held on June 17- 20, 2019

Details for the 2020 class and registration information will be finalized and posted in this page by mid-April 2020.

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