Tractors & Trailers

Trailer Handling

Learn to handle trailers expertly – for work or leisure with our dedicated course.

Trailers are used extensively both in and outside work.

You might be transporting a vital piece of agricultural equipment or simply hitching a car to a caravan.

Whatever your needs, handling a trailer requires a high level of skill.

Our course will teach you that skill.

The finer details:

You’ll learn through a mix of theory and practical sessions.

We’ll get you up to speed with a look at the key legal issues when using trailers.

You’ll also be guided through the common causes of accidents and all the safety checks that can help prevent them.

The practical side to the course involves a full rundown of coupling and uncoupling procedures.

You’ll be taught how to load and unload.

Reversing and performing tight turns with trailers will also be covered.

Course sessions:

  • Introduction
  • Legal requirements
  • Causes of accidents
  • Equipment introduction/safety checks
  • Couple/uncouple procedures
  • Hitches and towing combinations
  • Nose weight measurement
  • Loading/unloading criteria
  • Manoeuvring the equipment
  • Course paperwork/feedback.

Worth noting: You’ll need to hold the appropriate current driving licence – which you must be able to show on the day – to be eligible for this course.

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Tractor Driving

Brush up your skills, or learn them from scratch, with our comprehensive tractor driving course.

Rural industry has a long and proud tradition of giving young workers the opportunity to learn on the job.

The tractor is an essential piece of machinery for so many businesses and operating it safely and efficiently is absolutely vital.

Whether you’re an experienced hand, or just starting out, our instructors will steer you through the entire tractor-driving process.

The finer details:

This is an integrated training and assessment course.

You’ll receive a certificate of training once it is complete.

We’ll guide you through the theory behind tractor driving, with sessions on key health and safety issues.

You’ll also receive plenty of hands-on experience behind the wheel.

Basic operations and manoeuvring will be covered, as will using attachments, trailers and the power take-off (PTO) shaft.

Course sessions:

  • Health and safety legislation
  • Controls
  • Pre-start checks
  • Operation the tractor
  • Manoeuvring
  • Mounted implements
  • Trailed machines
  • PTOs
  • Tractor mounted front-end loader.

Worth noting: Our course is designed for both novices and more seasoned tractor users. As a result, it can last from two to four days depending on the experience of those taking part.

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Tractor Driving 13-15 Years Old (Northern Ireland)

Our three-day course develops expertise and safety for the next generation of tractor users.

Rural industry in Northern Ireland has a long and proud tradition of giving young workers the opportunity to learn on the job.

Operating tractors is a classic example of that.

But using agricultural machinery involves an element of danger, and tractors are no exception.

Our course enables younger workers to develop or expand on the skills and knowledge required to operate a tractor safely and competently.

The finer details

Experienced instructors will guide you through three days of training.

You’ll be able to use the tractor safely and with confidence. The key fundamentals of driving and loading are covered.

You’ll work with some of the attachments and hitching systems that make the tractor such a versatile machine.

There are also sessions on accident prevention and important daily checks.

Course sessions:

  • Preventing accidents
  • Controls
  • Daily checks
  • Driving
  • Mounted implements
  • Automatic hitching systems
  • Trailed machines
  • Field planning.

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Enter and leave the cab safely
  • Understand the purpose and meaning of the instrumentation
  • Understand the function of all controls
  • Understand the hazards associated with some controls
  • Understand reasons for daily checks
  • Competently perform checking of the lubrication, cooling system and air intake of the engine
  • Perform basic lubrication of the tractor and ensure it is in a safe road-going state
  • Start and stop the engine in a safe manner
  • Be competent in driving a tractor forwards and in reverse
  • Leave the tractor in a safe 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
  • Comply with legal requirements with an emphasis on safe practice.

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