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SRUC Training Courses: Tractor Driving Operation


Tractors are versatile pieces of machinery due to the ever expanding types of attachments available for them, making them valuable tools within many different sectors. It is important to use the tractor correctly to ensure that accidents do not happen, so gaining relevant training, and even updating your knowledge and skills if you are a more experienced driver, is invaluable.
Our courses are run over a period of between 2 and 4 days depending on the level of experience of the operator. Our courses are delivered by instructors who will guide you through the training to make sure that you are able to use the tractor safely and with confidence, and that the key fundamentals of driving, loading and Health and Safety are covered.

Our tractor driving course is suitable for all tractor drivers including novices and experienced drivers in agriculture, amenity, forestry, industrial and horticulture industries. Our course will allow you to develop and expand where necessary on the skills and knowledge required in order to operate the tractor safely and competently.

We can also offer bespoke courses on a 1:1 basis on customer premises which can be tailored to individual operator. Please contact us to discuss your training need.

What is Involved?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
•Perform a risk assessment
•Mount and dismount safely
•Understand the purpose and meaning of the instrumentation
•Understand the function of all controls
•Understand the hazards associated with using controls
•Understand the reasons for daily checks
•Start and stop the engine in a safe manner
•Be competent in driving a tractor in a forward and reverse direction
•Leave the tractor in a safe state
•Competently perform checking of the lubrication, cooling and air intake of the engine, perform basic lubrication of the tractor and ensure the tractor is in a safe road going state
•Attach a mounted implement and manoeuvre in a forward and reverse direction
•Attach a trailed implement and manoeuvre in a forward and reverse direction
•Leave unattached implements in a safe state
•Correctly attach a PTO shaft between tractor and implement
•Attach the PTO shaft guards correctly
•Assess the minimum turning circle of the machine and the angle of the PTO shaft
•Carry out basic operations using tractor mounted loader.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Certification/Award on Completion

Lantra Awards Certificate or an SRUC Certificate of Attendance for bespoke training.

What you will need to bring

Suitable Outdoor Clothing, Wellington Boots

Course Dates

no current dates

Further course dates can be scheduled on demand. Please contact the campus to register your interest.


1 - 4 days depending on experience

Start/Finish Times

9am to 4.30pm approximately


On Customer Premises, SRUC Aberdeen Campus, SRUC Barony Campus, SRUC Elmwood Campus, SRUC Oatridge Campus


4 Day Novice Course - £550.00 per person
2 Day Experienced Course - £310.00 per person
1 Day Refresher Course - £190.00 per person

Bespoke courses can be arranged to suit your needs. Please contact the campus to receive a quotation. Our course fees include training, assessment and registration fees. Please note there is no VAT on our training.


SDS Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

You may be eligible for part funding to support the cost of this course.

Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

You could use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level. Whatever you want to do, there is a wide range of ITA approved courses on offer.
And because it's not a loan you don't have to pay it back.

Sounds good? Start searching for an ITA approved course and apply online.
For further information please visit:

Development Scotland have confirmed that the Individual Training Account scheme (ITA) will reopen to new applications from 27 June 2019.
15,000 applications for funding will be available from this date until 30 September 2019.
Depending on uptake, Skills Development Scotland anticipate that the scheme will be made available again to new applicants before the end of the financial year, March 2020.

How do I book?

To book a place on one of our courses, please complete and return the course booking form to the appropriate campus address or email address shown below. Course fees must be paid in full at the time of booking. Payments can be made over the phone using a debit/credit card, by cheque made payable to SRUC or by Bank Transfer (for bank transfer details please contact your chosen campus).


Cancellations must be made at least 10 working days prior to the course start date otherwise the full course fee is still payable. In the event that SRUC has to cancel a course for any reason your course fees will be refunded in full or your booking transferred to the next available date if this is suitable.


Tom Findlay (SRUC Ayr/Aucincruive)

Tom Findlay: 01292 525419

Contact 2

Jemima Dernie (SRUC Barony)

01387 242918

Contact 3

Fiona Murtagh (SRUC Oatridge)

01506 864807

Contact 4

Sandra Sey (SRUC Elmwood and Aberdeen)

01334 658 868