Agenda

(scroll down this page for the actual agenda with all dates)

What’s it about?

Track and Sign Evaluation

This is a two-day practical field test that emphasise open, honest dialogue and real learning. The tracks and sign of any and all species encountered in the field may be asked, whether big or small, clear or obscure. After participants give their answers, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to learn and for each of us to internalize the field marks used for identification.

Tracker Certifications emphasize practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills, and are unassociated with any particular philosophy or tracking school. No prior training is required to participate.

With this in mind these evaluations are easily, if not more, educational than a workshop with an added benefit that you may also have your knowlege recognised if scoring a minimum of 69%.

Tracker Certifications emphasise practical tracking and the development of reliable field skills, and are not associated with any particular philosophy or tracking school. No prior training is required to participate.

Track & Sign I:The candidate must be able to interpret the spoor of medium to large animals and must have a fair knowledge of animal behavior. To qualify for the Track & Sign I certificate the candidate must obtain 69% on the Track & Sign Interpretation.

Track & Sign II Certificate: The candidate must be able to interpret the spoor of small to large animals, interpret less distinct spoor and must have a good knowledge of animal behavior. To qualify for the Track & Sign II certificate the candidate must obtain 80% on the Track & Sign Interpretation evaluation.

Track & Sign III and Track & Sign IV Certificates: The candidate must be able to interpret the spoor of any animal, interpret obscure spoor and must have a very good knowledge of animal behavior. To qualify for the Track & Sign III certificate the candidate must obtain 90% on the Track & Sign Interpretation evaluation, and for Level IV, 100%.

Track & Sign Specialist Certification: The candidate must be able to interpret the spoor of any animal, interpret very obscure spoor and must have an excellent knowledge of animal behavior. To qualify for the Track & Sign Specialist certificate the candidate must obtain 100% on a Track & Sign Interpretation Specialist evaluation.*

*Track & Sign Specialist Evaluation: The process during the Track & Sign Specialist evaluation is identical to the above-described evaluation, excepting the following variation: At least 50 very difficult spoor will be asked, with not more than 10 difficult spoor. No easy spoor will be asked. In addition to this, 7 “extremely” difficult spoor will be asked; No penalty is awarded for an incorrect answer on an extremely difficult question, but three correctly answered extremely difficult spoor cancel the mistake of one incorrect answer; thus, participants can rectify up to two mistakes during an evaluation and still earn their Specialist Certificates

Trailing Evaluations

The purpose of the Trailing Evaluation is to assess the tracker’s ability to follow a individual animal (or group of animals) spoor across the landscape, to evaluate the trackers ability to interpret behavior of the animal(s) on the trail and to locate that specific animal.  Locating the animal involves finding, approaching to within a reasonable distance, observing and exiting the area without alerting the animal to the tracker’s presence. The species followed during an evaluation depends on the species available at the venue with consideration given to the difficulty of the substrate and terrain.   Human trails are occasionally used for Level I candidates or in combination with animal trails when there are venue or weather constraints.

Trailing I Certificate: The candidate must be a fair systematic tracker and be able to track humans or large animals. He or she must have a fair ability to judge the age of spoor. To qualify for the Trailing I certificate the candidate must obtain 70% on the Trailing of a human or large mammal spoor.

Trailing II Certificate: The candidate must be a good systematic tracker and be able to track large animals. He or she must have a fair ability to judge the age of spoor. To qualify for the Trailing II certificate the candidate must obtain 80% for the Trailing of a large mammal spoor.

Trailing III and Trailing IV Certificates:
The candidate must be a good systematic tracker and be able to track medium or large animals. He or she must have a fair ability to judge the age of spoor. To qualify for the Trailing III certificate the candidate must obtain 90% on the Trailing of a medium or large mammal spoor. To qualify for the Trailing IV certificate the candidate must obtain 100% on the Trailing of a medium or large mammal spoor.

Trailing Specialist Certificate:
The Trailing Specialist evaluation is done in varying (easy, difficult and very difficult) terrain on an animal that is difficult to follow, and must be conducted by both an Evaluator and an External Evaluator.
 The candidate must be a good speculative tracker: this includes the ability to predict where spoor will be found beyond the immediate area, i.e. beyond the vicinity directly ahead of the tracker. He or she must be good at judging the age of spoor and must be able to detect signs of stress or the location of carcasses from spoor. The Trailing Specialist must obtain 100% on the Trailing of a difficult animal spoor.

Dog
See all events