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Operate a Tractor in the Primary Industry (Level 3)

Duration This micro-credential is delivered across 2 months. It includes 2 days of face-to-face learning, supported by a work experience log completed on the job.
Price Funded
Unit Standards See unit standards below



This micro-credential provides new entrants, career change people and temporary working visa holders who are new to the primary industries with the skills and knowledge to operate a tractor with power take off (PTO) driven implement and 3-point linkage mounted implement.

Course Objectives

On completion of this micro-credential, you will be able to:

  • Identify the legal requirements for tractors and tractor drivers on both private property and on public roads.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazards associated with tractor use.
  • Describe reporting requirements for accidents and near misses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of factors that affect tractor stability.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the dynamics of tractor and attached implement combinations when in use.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the differences between two wheel drive (2WD) and four wheel drive (4WD) tractor dynamics.
  • Maintain a PTO driven implement on a tractor.
  • Drive a tractor and PTO driven implement to complete a workplace activity.
  • Check a basic tractor before use.
  • Drive a basic tractor over flat terrain.
  • Attach a PTO driven 3-point linkage mounted implement to a basic tractor.
  • Detach a PTO driven 3-point linkage mounted implement from a basic tractor.

Our Teaching Method

Our trainers are all experienced practical people. They speak everyday workplace language and have a wealth of real-life examples to share with our trainees. Trainees are encouraged to ‘have a go’ in a supportive, safe environment.

Who Should Attend

This qualification is intended for people using tractors in their primary sector workplace.

Course Investment

This course is provided by VHNZ on behalf of PrimaryITO (PITO). Applicants MUST be eligible domestic students working in a primary industry environment with access to relevant equipment.

PITO require a training agreement signed by the learner, their employer and PrimaryITO. Training will not commence until enrolment and funding is confirmed by PrimaryITO.

The fee for this course is $450 payable to PITO on invoice. VHNZ may charge additional fees depending on specific course requirements such as training location, trainee status, and number of learners.

Entry Criteria

To be eligible to enrol in full-time or part-time study for this programme, applicants must:

  • Be over 16 years of age.
  • Learners must have access to a commercial primary industry or agriculture business involved with where tractors are used in day to day operations on private land.
  • Must have use of a tractor weighing over 1000kg with a 3-point linkage on private land.
  • Be physically fit and able to demonstrate physical competency for the skill being trained.
  • Trainees must have evidence of a minimum of 20 hours driving a tractor, in a workplace situation, over at least a three-week period, covering a range of tasks. This evidence should consist of either a logbook, a workplace diary, an attestation from the learner's employer, or similar.

Special Note

Learners who complete this course can gain credits toward the New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Operational Skills (Level 3).

Attendance Numbers

Minimum: 6

Maximum: 8

Unit Standards

All unit standards listed below are compulsory on completion learners may be awarded the Micro-Credential by the Primary ITO.

Unit Standard Unit Description NZQA
19044 Demonstrate knowledge of the legal requirements and hazards associated with tractor use 3 2
24538 Demonstrate knowledge of tractor stability and the dynamics of tractors and attached implements 4 3
24539 Maintain and use a power take off (PTO) driven implement attached to a tractor under limited supervision. 4 3
31913 Operate a basic tractor on flat terrain under close supervision 3 2
31914 Attach and detach a power take off driven 3-point linkage mounted implement to a basic tractor under close supervision 2 2
Total Credits   16  

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