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Youth ages 14 and 15 years old seeking employment in production agriculture must comply with the training requirements of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (AgHOs) law.

As part of meeting the training requirements, youth must complete an approved training program. The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP) is a comprehensive program that consists of 24 hours of intensive instruction that incorporates the use of task sheets accompanied by skills and driving instruction. After completing classroom instruction, each student must complete a 50-question written knowledge test and obtain a minimum passing score of 70%. Once a student successfully passes the knowledge test, he or she is then be permitted to take the program's operating skills and pre-op/driving tests. Upon successful completion of all parts of the NSTMOP, the student receives a formal USDOL certificate of completion.

Important: Age of Participants
Age Can take class Can participate in
practice driving
Can be tested
<12 No No No
12 through 13 Yes No No
14 through 15 Yes Yes Yes
16+ Yes Yes Yes, but not required

Curriculum

Task sheets are the basis of the NSTMOP and were developed as part of a new and updated curriculum. Elements of the curriculum can be obtained through the following two avenues:

  • To order a complete bound copy of the student manual along with tasksheets go to Finney Company Inc.
  • Or you can use the links located below in the "Student Manual" and "Modules and Task Sheets" section to download and print each section.

Student Manual

The introduction to the student manual (available in English and Spanish) provides an overview of the NSTMOP program and a diagram of the skills and driving course. The manual includes an outline for the six modules in the NSTMOP and a diagram of the layout of the driving course. Each module focuses on a specific agricultural safety and health topic and addresses core competencies that each student should master through the completion of the course. After successfully completing the NSTMOP program (course work, written knowledge test, operating skills and pre-op/driving course tests), students receive a USDOL certificate of completion, which can be viewed in the student manual.

Modules and Task Sheets

Task sheets are the main curriculum for the NSTMOP and are divided into six modules. Click on the links below to review the task sheets for each module.

  1. Introduction Module (task sheets 1.1–1.5): This module provides an overview of agriculture, types of risks, and regulations related to agricultural safety and health.
    - English

    - Spanish
  2. Safety Basics (task sheets 2.1–2.11): This module highlights youth safety and risk and discusses appropriate clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE), warning signs, hand signals, and basic first aid.
    - English

    - Spanish
  3. Agricultural Hazards (task sheets 3.1–3.14): This module addresses hazards associated with machinery, animals, pesticides, electricity, confined spaces, and farm chemicals.
    - English

    - Spanish
  4. The Tractor (task sheets 4.1–4.14.1): This module provides a comprehensive overview of the tractor, including but not limited to tractor types, hazards, controls, lightning, and starting and operating a tractor.
    - English

    - Spanish
  5. Connecting and Using Implements with the Tractor (task sheets 5.1–5.6): This module focuses on various types of implements, such as drawbars, three-point hitches, and so on, and how they are connected and used with the tractor.
    - English

    - Spanish
  6. Materials Handling (task sheets 6.1–6.10): This module focuses on three machines— skid steers, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), and utility vehicles—that are used to transport materials on the farm.
    - English

    - Spanish

If you need to locate an NSTMOP instructor in your area, contact the NSTMOP office at nstmop@psu.edu.

For more information contact:

National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program
The Pennsylvania State University
Agricultural and Biological Engineering
Agricultural Engineering Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-7685
Email: nstmop@psu.edu

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