Berrien County 4-H Tractor Operator Program

January 24, 2019 - March 28, 2019 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Baroda Village Township Hall - 9091 First Street, Baroda, MI 49101

Contact: Deb Barrett,, 269-927-5674.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Fair Labor Standards Act restricts what children can legally do as employees, in and around agricultural equipment and tractors that are more than 20 PTO HP, whether working in the landscape or production agriculture industry. 

Michigan State University Extension offers the Tractor Operator Program (TOP) through the 4-H Youth Development Program. Successful completion of 4-H TOP provides completion certificates to 13 - 19 year old. 14 - 15 year old youth may be eligible to receive a certificate of training from the U.S. Department of Labor required for operation of a 20 PTO HP or greater, garden or agricultural tractor, by a 14 and 15 year old youth employed on property NOT owned, leased or operated by a parent/legal guardian. 

Topics covered include: 

  • Farm/ranch hazards and safety
  • Tractor component basics
  • Pre-operational procedures
  • Operation basics
  • Tractor-powered implements
  • Self-propelled agricultural equipment
  • Operating on public roadways
  • Basic maintenance and repair
  • ATV/Utility vehicle safety 
  • First aid and emergencies


Youth 13 - 19 years of age (currently, youth must be 14 by the day of the driving test to be eligible to receive the federal certificate of completion)


$60.00 per a 4-H Member
$80.00 per a Non-4-H Member


The 9 - week course is taught on Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., January 24 through March 28. (March 28 is held as a make up date). Schedule includes educational sessions, some driving practice, final written and driving tests, and graduation program. Study and practice time is also required outside of session time to complete the 24 hours of certification training. 


Baroda Village Township Hall - 9091 First Street, Baroda, MI 49101

Note: As a part of registration, you will be required to email Deb Barrett at and provide your actual date of birth for certification confirmation by Jan. 10, 2019.


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