Tractor Training Course

Conduct tractor operations


This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to operate tractors and use attachments.

This unit applies to those working in site- based roles.

Licensing, legislative, regulatory and certification requirements that apply to this unit can vary between states, territories, and industry sectors, and must be sourced from state jurisdictions prior to applying this unit.

Foundation Skills required

This section describes those pre-requisite language, literacy, numeracy and employment skills that are essential to performance.


Identifies and interprets information from workplace procedures, documentation, legislation and regulations


Uses equipment operating capacity schedule to confirm safe weight load limits

Course Outline

1. Plan and prepare for tractor operations

1.1 Access, interpret and apply tractor operations documentation

1.2 Obtain, interpret, clarify and confirm work instructions

1.3 Identify hazards and environmental issues, assess the risks and implement control measures in line with workplace policies

1.4 Select and wear personal protective equipment required for work activities

1.5 Identify, obtain and implement traffic management signage requirements according to standard operating procedures and safe work practices

1.6 Select required tractor equipment and/or attachments for work activities

1.7 Obtain and interpret emergency procedures for tractors, and be prepared for fires, accidents and emergencies

1.8 Coordinate and communicate planned activities with others at the site prior to commencement of work activity

2. Operate tractor in line with established requirements to complete work activity

2.1 Carry out prestart and start-up checks in line with workplace procedures

2.2 Identify faults or defects and rectify or report within scope of own responsibility and according to workplace procedures

2.3 Drive and operate tractor using techniques suited to equipment capabilities, site and work conditions, and according to workplace procedures

2.4 Monitor and manage equipment performance using indicators and alarms

2.5 Monitor hazards and risks during operations, and ensure safety of self, other personnel, plant and equipment

2.6 Park up, shut down, secure and carry out post operational inspection of equipment in line with workplace procedures

3. Select, remove, fit and use attachments for a tractor

3.1 Select attachment for the task

3.2 Fit attachment in line with workplace procedures

3.3 Test attachment to ensure correct fitting and operation

3.4 Use attachment within design limits and in accordance with workplace procedures

3.5 Remove, clean and store attachments in designated location in line with workplace procedures

4. Relocate tractor

4.1 Prepare tractor for relocation

4.2 Move tractor safely between worksites, observing relevant codes and traffic management requirement

5. Conduct housekeeping activities

5.1 Clear work area and dispose or recycle materials according to workplace procedures

5.2 Manage and/or report hazards to maintain a safe working environment

5.3 Complete and file or distribute documentation in a manner that complies with workplace practices


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