CAYUGA CO., N.Y. — The 4-H Youth Development Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Cayuga County will be conducting Tractor Safety Certification classes for Youth beginning on Wednesday March 1st, 2023.
This program is a great opportunity for all youth, 14-15 years old, who will be seeking employment on a farm, those who currently work on farms or around machinery, or anyone who would just like to learn more about farm and machinery safety.
The focus of the curriculum is the safe operation and maintenance of large equipment, personal protection, chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards as well as live-stock handling. Utilizing a newly revised workbook, guest speakers, field trips & demonstrations, videos and hands on practice, participants will complete 24 hours of training in preparation for the final written and driving exams. Students must attend all classes as well as pass a written and operator’s exam to earn a tractor operators certificate.
The Hazardous Occupation in Agricultural Law requires that youth ages 14 to 16 must have at least 24 hours of tractor safety and maintenance instruction to drive a tractor on a farm other than that owned by their parents. Every employer of a young, hired employee should consider this class for their present and summer help. This is the only course to be held in Cayuga County for 2023 to certify youth.
Pre-registration is required. Class size will be limited. The cost of the course is $45 per person (fee can be waived for certain circumstances), which includes a student manual and must be paid before the first class.
Dates & Times of Classes:
Wednesdays beginning March 1st to April 19th from 6-9 pm (Please note there is no class on April 5th during School Spring Break)
Saturday April 22nd: Driving Exam starting at 9 am
This course comprises classroom work at Cayuga Community College, hands on learning at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES as well as field trips to area farms. Location will vary each week. A complete schedule will be sent to participants after registration. Transportation is not provided.
The deadline to register is February 24th, 2023 or as space allows. Please Call 315-255-1183 to register or register online at: https://pub.cce.cornell.edu/event_registration/main/events_landing.cfm?event=2023TractorSafetyCertification_205
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Cayuga County