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College Certificate Tractor Operation & Basic Maintenance (Two Day Course)

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Job opportunities after this course: 

On completion of this course you will be competent in the operation of a tractor.

Overview of the course: 

A practical two-day course covering the safe use and operation of a tractor. The Houghall Campus estate provides the ideal environment for your to gain practical skills and knowledge and gives you the opportunity to develop skills to progress in land based industries.

Entry requirements: 

There are no formal entry requirements Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


General Health & Safety at Work HASWA (1974).
Daily maintenance requirements on tractors. Identification and use of tractor controls. Pre-checks before starting a tractor. Starting and stopping procedures. Tractor Operation including: Use of gears, Manoeuvring, Reversing and Hitching trailers. Safety implications of operating tractors on banks. Use of a fore end loader. Attaching a three point mounted implement.

How is the course assessed?: 

You will be assessed throughout the course through practical activities.

Further study options after this course: 

Additional practical machinery units can be added e.g. The NPTC Level 2 Award in the Operations of Tractors for working in the industry is an accredited qualification

Length of the course: 

2 full days - practical


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

The course runs at various times throughout the year subject to demand.

More important information about this course:


Please contact us to enquire about flexible payment plan options, the fees payable are:

*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (13 Dec 2019 21:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve
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How to apply: 

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