Tractor Safety

Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

The 2018 Youth Tractor Safety program will be held June 18, 19, 20 & 22 at Burlington High School. Specific times to be determined. Stay tuned for more information or contact Leigh Presley at leigh.presley@ces.uwex.edu to be notified when registration opens.

This is a 24-hour program designed to teach tractor and general farm safety. It includes both classroom and hands-on driving instruction, culminating in a final written and driving exam. The program is open to youth under the age of 16 and over the age of 12. The cost of the program is $50/participant.


This program meets the requirements of Wisconsin Act 455, which requires youth under the age of 16 to hold a certificate of training in order to operate a tractor or self-propelled implement of husbandry on a public road.  It also meets the child labor requirements in agriculture under the Fair Labor Standards Act, pertaining to the employment of youth ages 14-15 on farms not operated by their parents or guardians.

Coordinated By

UW-Extension of Kenosha & Racine Counties

Points to Ponder

  • 82% of fatalities involving youth under the age of 16 result from farm implements.
  • Youth under the age of 14 are involved in nine times more accidents than operators who are between the ages of 25-44.
  • Youth under the age of 15 are involved in more accidents while driving on public roads.
  • Common causes of accidents are inexperience, lack of maturity, and the inability to react quickly when confronted with a dangerous situation.

Leigh Presley
Agriculture Educator

Kenosha County UW-Extension
19600 75th Street
Bristol, WI  53104
262-857-1945

Racine County UW-Extension
209 North Main Street
Burlington, WI  53105
262-767-2905