need for current and better quality training materials was cited
by both certification program instructors and coordinators. In
recognition of these shortcomings, the U. S. Department of Agriculture
(USDA) funded a major project with Penn State University, The
Ohio State University, and the National Safety Council to develop
a National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program (NSTMOP).
The result is the NSTMOP Student Manual.
manual, including the task sheets, is the primary curriculum resource
developed and designed to be used in a variety of instructional
settings. The task sheets are divided into 6 sections:
introduction; safety basics; agricultural hazards; the tractor;
connecting and using implements with the tractor; and material
handling (skid steers, ATV, and utility vehicles and more). There
are a total of 92 task sheets, 48 are identified as core
topics. Also included are a skills and driving test layout map
and evaluation forms.
you would like to become a student or instructor in the NSTMOP,
find out more at: www.nstmop.psu.edu.