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 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 skills and driving tests. Upon successful completion of all parts of the NSTMOP, the student receives a formal certificate of completion from the NSTMOP.
To locate an NSTMOP instructor in your area, contact the NSTMOP office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
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. After successfully completing the NSTMOP program (course work, knowledge tests, and skills and driving course), students receive a certificate of completion, which can be viewed in the student manual. 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.
Task sheets are the main curriculum for the NSTMOP and are divided into six modules. Click on the link below to review the task sheets for each module.