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Novice Tractor Driving & Related Operations

  • 2 Days | Part Time
  • Suffolk Rural
  • Level 2 | Vocational

Course overview

Develop your tractor driving abilities to the level required for the National Proficiency Test Council with our Novice Tractor Driver course.

This course is for individuals who operate tractors and ancillary machinery as part of their work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, landscaping or other industries. It will provide the individual with the knowledge, understanding and skills required to prepare and operate a tractor and attachments safely and to industry standards in line with current legislation.

This is a specialist qualification demonstrating the individual can safely operate a tractor to a recognised level of competency. It covers;

  • safe driving of a tractor
  • pre-use maintenance
  • safety checks
  • recognition of controls and instruments

The test covers the use of the tractor in a range of situations:

  • driving safely and correctly around a suitable course (including reversing with a trailer)
  • trailer hitching
  • attaching 3- point linkage and Power Take Off (PTO) driven attachments

This qualification will support progression into employment where the safe operation of a tractor is part of the role. Safe operational skills are key to efficient use, good working practice and preventing accidents, leading to business benefits in terms of less machinery damage and downtime.

NB: This course does not include the optional unit that covers the use of a tractor fitted with a front-end loader.

You need to bring: You may wish to bring writing materials to take your course notes on the day. Please wear comfortable clothing, overalls, and steel-toe capped boots and bring with you all-weather outerwear as the practical aspect of the course will be carried out outside.

Please note: This qualification is evidence of training and assessed competence. It is not a tractor driving licence for use on public roads. Driver testing and licensing are dealt with by DSA and DVLA. You must be 19 years of age or over to attend this course.


This course leads to the City & Guilds Level 2 Award 0014-07 via a competency assessment. Competency will be assessed by the NPTC via a combination of observation and oral questioning. Once you have completed your training course you will be contacted by the NPTC to arrange a convenient date for your assessment. The assessment is not carried out during the course. Please provide us with a passport photo in advance of the course for your NPTC registration. Please email a digital image to Successful candidates will be awarded their certificate directly from the NPTC. If you have not already done so, please inform us of any disabilities you have that may require you to have access arrangements put in place for you to take your assessment.

NPTC – Disabilities and Access Arrangements

Please inform us immediately, if you have not already done so, of any disabilities that may disadvantage you in the successful completion of your assessment; for example, if you have dyslexia or English is not your first language or any mild disability which may require you to have some assistance. Under guidance from C&G, we can make access arrangements for some learners to demonstrate their competence under assessment, without changing the demands of that assessment. Examples of access arrangements include readers, scribes, extra time, or modified assessment material. However, as Certificates of Competence are vocational qualifications, candidates must achieve all the required units to gain a full qualification, and the awarding body will not make adjustments to the required competence standards. As an example, pesticide product labels detail essential information, and it is of paramount importance that a candidate can read and interpret this information to comply with legislative and operational requirements. If the candidate is unable to read and/or interpret a product label without assistance then they will not be deemed competent to practice, as if such a person were working without supervision in the workplace, there is the potential for a serious incident to occur. If you would like to discuss this further or make access arrangements for your assessment, then please contact NPTC directly at 01603 731250.

Enrolment End Date: Please note that the enrolment for this course closes 3 working days before the start of the course. Unfortunately, it is not possible to process late enrolments after that point.

Please note: By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in this course.

Course timings: 09:00 – 16:30

Course cost: £495

Refreshments and lunch will be available to purchase at the College refectories. Alternatively, you may wish to bring your refreshments and packed lunch if preferred.

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