What will I learn?

Safe tractor operation in agriculture, forestry and horticulture is an essential part of a challenging area of work. Course features include an emphasis on safe operating techniques, highlighting the dangers associated with such equipment.

There is a separate tractor loader use section to the qualification, which we may be able to provide subject to candidates having some existing tractor driving experience. Please notify us at enrolment if you are interested in training for the loader part of the qualification too.

Please wear safety boots, preferably boiler-suit overalls, but old clothes are ok as you will get dirty.

Further details of the course content which covers the assessment can be found at:


Where will it lead me?

The course leads to the NPTC Certificate of Competence in Tractor Operations for successful candidates.

Entry Requirements

This course is particularly suitable for new entrants or those who have had little formal instruction in the safe use and operation of these types of vehicles.

Fee Details 1

Free if unemployed or low wage* (if aged 19-23 must have Full L2 or above to be eligible)

Low Wage

*Please contact the College for further information on low wage eligibility or see Fee Remission section on our PT enrolment form.

Low Wage

*Please contact the College for further information on low wage eligibility or see Fee Remission section on our PT enrolment form.

Fee Details 2

Due to funding restrictions, anyone who doesn’t live in England, isn’t a UK resident^ or who lives in the local authority areas^ of:

Cambridge and Peterborough
Greater London Authority
Greater Manchester
Liverpool City Region
North of Tyne Combined Authority
Sheffield City Region**
Tees Valley
West of England
West Midlands
West Yorkshire**

**from 1/8/21

Will be unable to apply for fee remission and may be subject to higher course fees than those published.

^go to this page on our website to check if your postcode is in a Devolved Funding Area or to check eligibility if you are a non-UK resident https://www.sparsholt.ac.uk/the-college/fees-and-funding/

If you don’t live in England or are not a UK resident or live in any of the above local authority areas and wish to enrol on the course, please contact us for information on tuition fees.

Further Information

Please note: CL2CTD/PG03 on 31/5/22 runs from 8.30 am to 5 pm.


Level 2



Level of Study:



  • 25/10/2021 - 29/10/2021 (CL2CTD/PG01)
  • 21/02/2022 - 25/02/2022 (CL2CTD/PG02)
  • 31/05/2022 - 03/06/2022 (CL2CTD/PG03 )




Sparsholt College, SO21 2NF


09:30 - 16:00