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tractorTractor and Trailer Driving

A tractor is vital for the agricultural industry and many other business. This course will guide you through the tractor driving process, whether you’re just starting out or an experienced operator.

On this course you will be taken through the theory of tractor driving, including sessions on key health and safety issues, and practical sessions where you will receive plenty of hands-on experience behind the wheel of a tractor, including basic operations and manoeuvring.

Tractor Driving on Slopes is a separate additional course not included in this course.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Carry out a risk assessment of the tasks in hand
  • Enter and leave the cab safely
  • Understand the purpose and meaning of the instrumentation
  • Understand the function of all controls
  • Understand the reasons for daily checks
  • Understand the hazards associated with some controls
  • Start and stop the engine in a safe manner
  • Be competent in driving a tractor in a forward and reverse direction
  • Leave the tractor in a safe state
  • Competently perform checking of the lubrication, cooling, and air intake of the engine, perform basic lubrication of the tractor and ensure the tractor is in a safe road going state
  • Attach a mounted implement and manoeuvre in a forward and reverse direction
  • Attach a trailed implement and manoeuvre in a forward and reverse direction
  • Leave unattached implements in a safe state
  • Correctly attach a PTO shaft between tractor and implement
  • Attach the PTO shaft guards correctly
  • Assess the minimum turning circle of the machine and the angle of the PTO shaft
  • Carry out basic operations using tractor mounted loader

Who is the course for?

Suitable for both novice and experienced drivers in agriculture, amenity, forestry, industrial and horticulture industries.


Lantra Awards Integrated Training (with Assessment) Competence with Modules, or

City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Agricultural Tractor Driving & Related Operations Qual 14-07  (old Units M01 & M01a), or

NPORS Certification


1 to 5 days – dependent on the drivers experience and the sessions to be included.

Course Content

  • Health and safety legislation
  • Controls and pre-start checks
  • Operating the tractor
  • Manoeuvring
  • Fitting and operation of PTO’s
  • Mounted implements and trailed machines
  • PTOs

When arranging a course every effort should be made to cover all sessions of the programme so that trainees receive a full pass certificate. It should be as a last resort that sessions are excluded due to lack of equipment or facilities, whereby trainees will only receive a part pass certificate.

Facilities / Equipment Required

  • Overalls/safety boots
  • Ear defenders (if applicable)
  • Operators Instruction books for own machinery

Venue – if hosting your own course

Warm, well lit room with adequate tables and chairs plus lighting and power points, large, dry, well lit and warm shed with a suitable work area, washroom and toilet facilities.

Tractor and trailer, plus a hard surface and field in which to work. A large area suitable for driving practice, with cones/pallets  or similar.


1-6 days training, depending on experience – please ring for a quote for Day Rate for the training

Plus additional Assessment fees:

£40+ VAT per person – Lantra Awards certification

£125 + VAT per person  – City & Guilds NPTC certification

£25 + VAT per person – NPORS certification

Cancellation Policy

Newlands Training Ltd have the following cancellation policy:

  • 7 working days notice, full fee refund, less administration charge of £25.00
  • 3-7 working days notice, 50% fee refund
  • 1-3 working days notice, 25% fee refund
  • Less than 1 days notice, no refund

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