Safe Tractor Operation Course


This course is aimed at producing a tractor operator that will have the knowledge, skills, and attributes for all essential areas of the unit standards covered in this course, enabling the individual to drive a tractor effectively and safely in varied terrain.

For more information, please download the course information sheet.

Course Content

The course covers the following knowledge and skills:

  • Describe the legal requirements for tractors and tractor users on both private property and on public roads
  • Describe occupational hazards associated with tractor use
  • Identify factors that affect tractor stability
  • Check and service a wheel tractor and implement before use
  • Attach an implement to a tractor
  • Drive a wheel tractor and implement safely over flat terrain
  • Detach an implement from a tractor
  • Drive a tractor on hilly terrain


  • A trainee cannot complete unit standard 24552 before completing unit standard 19044 (describe the legal requirements and occupational hazards associated with tractor use - covered in the course).
  • No licence is required if 100% of use is on private property with no public access. Where public land is to be accessed the correct licence and registration is required.
  • Be 16 years of age or over
  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must meet IELTS (or equivalent) Level 5.0 (General Training). Proof of this will be required. 
Please refer to the terms and conditions for more information on these course pre-requisites

NZQA Unit Standards Included

Unit Standard     Title Credit Value
19044 Describe the legal requirements and occupational hazards associated with tractor use 3
24552 Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement on flat terrain. 5

Optional Unit Standards Avaiable

There are additional optional unit standards available for this course. You have the ability to tailor a course to suit your staff requirements.

Unit Standard     Title Credit Value
24538 Demonstrate knowledge of tractor stability and the dynamics of tractors and attached implements 4
24539 Maintain and use a power take off (PTO) implement attached to a tractor 4
24552 Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement of flat terrain 5
27604 Check and drive a basic wheel tractor with an attached implement of hilly terrain 4


The duration of this course is usually two days, depending on prior experience, the options selected and trainee numbers.

1 Day Course

The one-day course is best for refresher training, or where a participant can provide documented proof of prior tractor driving experience in an off road environment, or where a very basic tractor driving course is all that is required.

2 Day Course

The two-day off-road course is best for those with no prior tractor driving experience, and where towing and utilising power driven accessories are required on a larger scale. Also where more advanced driving skills may be required because terrain and environmental conditions are more challenging.

Attendance Capacity

Maximum of 8 trainees per trainer. Minimum numbers can be negotiated upon request.


POA based on specific course content requirements.

Special Notes

A post-course report will highlight any individual requiring special on-going tuition /guidance to reach a safe minimal operating level. Natural Instincts/AMS will work with anyone requiring on-going training or experience prior to reaching a competent level.

Please contact AMS Group if you would like to know more about the course options available or to arrange training. 

Scheduled Course Locations

Please note that courses are available at a number of AMS Group branch locations, these are listed below. If there are no course locations shown below, courses can be arranged to be delivered at your place of work. Contact us to  find out more about our on-site training options available for this course or enquire below.