Tow Tractor

These vehicles are predominantly used for transporting trailers and goods around a site they can be purpose built or be a re-purposed road transport vehicle tractor unit.

There are Three categories of Tow Tractor, these are:

  • H1 – Rider – Electric & I.C.E
  • H2 – Pedestrian - Electric & I.C.E (Including flip up plattform) 
  • H3 - Rider – I.C.E – Over 30,000kg


And there are four types of courses available these are:-

  • Novice Operator:  A person with little or no experience of driving a Tow Tractor 
  • Experienced Operator:  A person who uses the Tow Tractor regularly but has never undertaken a formal course and test.
  • Conversion:  A person who is certificated on one category of Tow Tractor but needs to drive a different category. (An Operator cannot convert from a pedestrian operated truck to a rider operated truck)
  • Refresher Re-test:  A person who holds a certificate to operate the Tow Tractor but needs their skills updating in accordance with HSE guidelines 


The course lengths below show the minimum time it will take to become a competent operator - course lengths may vary from those shown depending on the skill levels and competence of the operator. 

Tow Tractor
Category(s) Course Type No. of Candidates       Course Length
H1 & H2        Novice 3 3 Days
H1 & H2     Novice 1 or 2 2 Days
H1 & H2              Experienced 1, 2 or 3 2 Days
H1 & H2     Refresher Re-test      1, 2 or 3 1 Days
H1 & H2     Conversion To 1, 2 or 3 1 Days


Category(s)          Course Type No. of Candidates       Course Length
H3     Novice 3 5 Days
H3 Novice 2 4 Days
H3 Novice 1 3 Days
H3 Experienced 2 or 3 3 Days
H3 Experienced 1 2 Days
H3 Refresher re-test       1, 2 or 3 1 Day
H3 Conversion to 1, 2 or 3 2 Days