Teens interested in the safe operation of tractors and farm machinery may register for a certification course offered by University of Vermont (UVM) Extension 4-H and the Environmental Resource Management program of Randolph Technical Career Center (RTCC).
Sessions will be held at RTCC, located at 17 Forest St., Randolph, on March 2, 9 and 23 and April 13 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tractor safety certification is a legal requirement for 14 and 15-year-olds who are employed on a farm other than that of their parents or guardians, but the training is recommended for all youths, ages 14 to 19, working in agriculture.
The course will provide hands-on instruction for operating tractors over 20 horsepower and other farm equipment, as well as cover general agricultural safety and how to recognize and correct potential hazards on the farm. To receive their National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program certificate, youths must attend all four sessions and pass a 50-question written knowledge exam and a skills and driving test.
Registration is $60 and covers all sessions, lunches, materials and the testing fee. Scholarships are available.
To register, visit www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents
. Teens from neighboring states are welcome to participate in the course. Certification allows them to work on farms in any state, not just Vermont.
If requiring a disability-related accommodation to participate, contact Kristen Mullins, UVM Extension Youth Farm Safety Coordinator, at 802-656-2034 or toll-free at 800-571-0668 (within Vermont) by February 11.