Training the Trainers for Federal Tractor and Machinery Certification

Charles V. Schwab, Faculty, Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Agriculture is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States . The Department of Labor has also recognized that youth employed in agriculture performing certain tasks pose an unacceptable risk. Youth 14 to 16 years of age must receive proper training to receive a tractor and machinery certification enabling them to be employed in those jobs identified as dangerous by the U.S. Department of Labor.
It has been over 15 years since any previous conference or training was conducted for the tractor and machinery certification trainers. The materials, resources, and techniques have not been changed for 15 years or more. Considerable changes have been accomplished since the development of the Federal Code restricting youth employment in agriculture in the 70s. Most of those changes have occurred within the past three years.
Host a conference for training the trainers that provide these certifications
Iowa Tractor Certification Program Summit was held on Thursday, December 16, 2004 from 9:30 am 3:00 pm at Comfort Suites, 2609 Elwood Drive , Ames . A total of 33 participants attended this summit and they received information about the Federal requirements and history of the tractor certification program, Hobar student text book, Purdue resource, Penn State/Ohio State HOSTA program, state wide tractor certification camp information, and what works and doesn't work.
Participant evaluations indicated that nearly half were new to the certification program and found the federal requirements section very useful. These new participants could double the number of providers of certification training. The percent of participants that indicated constructive impact from overview of the training materials by Hobar , Wisconsin , Purdue, and Penn/Ohio were 62%, 82%, 96 %, 96% respectively. All participants believe the overall impact of the Iowa Tractor Certification Program Summit was useful (Highly Useful-30%, Very Useful-65%, and Useful-5%). A common comment was that they received lots of ideas on how to fill the 24 hour time requirement.
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