The Tractor and Machinery Safety and Certification Course will be held on June 20-22, 2016 at the Barney Center, 1000 E. Montgomery St., Sparta. The course will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. All classroom and driving practicum will be conducted at the Barney Center in Sparta. Youth must be at least 12 years old at the time of the class to participate.
The training program is designed to meet the necessary requirements for certification for compliance under Wisconsin Act 455 (youth under 16) and for those youth 14 and 15 desiring training and federal certification for farm employment (Part 570 Child Labor Regulations). There are no family or relative exemptions. The 24-hour program includes: hands on instruction for tractors and farm machinery operation; hazard recognition and correction; general farm safety knowledge and stresses the importance of a positive attitude towards safety.
The course will be taught by the Monroe County Extension Agent and Vo-Ag Instructors from Tomah, Brookwood, and Sparta School Districts. Guest speakers from the Sparta Area Fire District, Sparta Area Ambulance, Monroe County Health Department and retired Law Enforcement Officers will also help teach the course.
Students are required to attend all sessions. They must pass both a written and a driving exam. The course is taught at a 14-15 year-old age level.
To register click here to download registration materials (PDF, 3 pgs, 819KB). A registration fee of $30.00 per person is necessary to cover the cost of course materials. Each person should bring a sack lunch all three days. Registrations and payment must be received by Monday, June 13, 2016 at the Monroe County UW-Extension Office.