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Tractor Safety Course for Teens

Randolph — A tractor and farm machinery certification course for teenagers will be held this spring at Randolph Technical Career Center, 17 Forest St.

The classes are set for March 2, 9, and 23 and April 13, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Teenagers age 14 to 19 who live in Vermont or neighboring states may enroll.

The course covers general agricultural safety, including strategies for recognizing and correcting potential hazards on the farm. It involves hands-on training for operating farm equipment, including tractors over 20 horsepower.

Tractor safety certification is a legal requirement for 14- and 15-year-olds working on farms owned by someone other than their parents or guardians. The certification is valid in every state in the country.

To earn the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program certificate, participants must attend all four sessions and pass a 50-question exam and a skills and driving test. The course is sponsored by University of Vermont Extension 4-H and the career center’s Environmental Resource Management program. The $60 registration fee covers all sessions, lunches, materials and the testing fee. Scholarships are available. To register, go to www.uvm.edu/extension/4-Hevents.

Those requiring a disability-related accommodation should contact Kristen Mullins, UVM Extension youth farm safety coordinator, at 802-656-2034 by Feb. 11.