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Course overview

Develop your skills in the safe use of tractors and learn to effectively carry out routine checks and maintenance.


This course is offered at various locations - please refer to the intakes listed below. 

Current intake/s*:

2018 Intake date/s Location
14-15 June Bundaberg
04-05 July Gatton
12-13 July Mackay
16-17 August Bundaberg

*Short course schedule is subject to change without notice. Please contact us to confirm locations and times.

Future intakes will be added periodically. Check back regularly for updates or contact us if you are interested in this course.


Participants will learn the process of safely operating and maintaining a tractor. This includes:

  • operating tractors with or without attached equipment
  • carry out pre-operational checks and maintenance including tagging defects
  • set and secure attachments according to manufacturer's directions
  • operate tractor in a safe and controlled manner
  • implement shut-down procedures
  • store machinery and equipment, and
  • record maintenance and operation details.


Our tractor safety, operation and maintenance course is delivered under the AHC21216 Certificate II in Rural Operations qualification and is primarily targeted at students who already have some tractor experience. If a student is new to the industry (and specifically – new to the use of tractors), then we will send workbooks / online exercises to the student prior to their practical skills application and assessment session. The student will need to complete this fundamental theory work before their practical session.

Course fees*:

Fee type Accredited
Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate $495 per person

*Prices may vary if a short course has additional requirements including, but not limited to, specific venue hire, catering requests, travel beyond one (1) hour from any QATC college or training hub, or if enrolment numbers are not expected to meet the usual minimum quantity of participants. If a given short course has a price that varies from above, it will be specified separately against that intake.



AgForce Member discount of 20% on the course fee* - tell us your member number when booking and paying for your course.

*Discount applies to the advertised Fee-For-Service rate


This short course contains employability skills. Following completion of this short course, successful participants will receive a Statement of Attainment. This training could lead to further studies in Rural Operations.


Minimum age 15 years.

​Long work trousers, a long sleeved work shirt and work boots are mandatory dress for this course.

What to bring

Participants need to bring lunch, water, morning and afternoon tea. Please note that lunch and morning tea may be available for purchase as set out in the 'Schedule of accommodation fees' on our Policies page.


Operate tractors


This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to operate tractors with and without attached equipment.

Working with tractors is an inherently dangerous activity. Individuals who work at this level must be thoroughly instructed in all work health and safety aspects of operating tractors. The tractor must also comply with relevant Australian standards for tractors.

All work must be carried out to comply with workplace procedures, work health and safety requirements, manufacturer’s specifications and sustainability practices. 

This unit applies to individuals who work under general supervision and exercise limited autonomy with some accountability for own work. They undertake defined activities and provide solutions to a limited range of predictable problems.

No occupational licensing, legislative or certification requirements are known to apply to this unit at the time of publication.

(Source: as at August 2017)

Additional Information

Course disclaimer

All information quoted is current at the date of publication. This information is applicable for Australian citizens or permanent residents only.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) reserves the right not to offer a course or unit and/or to decline the enrolment of a student in a course or unit on the basis of student demand and/or resource constraints. QATC advises that course offerings, structures, prices, instructors, assessment, unit objectives, and content may be subject to change without notice as circumstances dictate and reserves its rights generally.

Prospective students should contact QATC to ensure the information they are viewing about this training is still current.

Depending on training requirements and personal circumstances, students may be eligible for financial support, course funding or fee subsidies from government initiatives. For more information, refer to individual course pricing and the QATC Fees and Funding page.

Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) is a Registered Training Organisation. RTO 31258

At a glance

  • Short Course
  • Accredited
  • 2 days
  • Multiple intakes
  • 1 Units
  • Fees and Charges
    • Fee-For-Service (FFS) fee rate: $495