Beartracker's
Tracking Certifications


 
What certifications are available for tracking? What are the different levels? See below for Beartracker's experiences.

 

Beartracker's Certification

Track and sign specialist certificate

CyberTracker offers the only internationally-recognized certification for wildlife trackers. It is a rigorous two-day field test of your tracking knowledge. There are lower band evaluations, where you can score up to a level 4. On a specialist evaluation, which requires two evalulators, you can score a Track and Sign Specialist only if you get 100% of the questions correct. On Specialist evaluations, you will be asked only difficult questions. There will be no easy questions asked. On lower band evaluations, there are more easy questions. If you are just beginning, I recommend taking a lower band eval first, to see how you do. It's a fun process and everyone learns a lot. I highly recommend it. I earned my Track and Sign Specialist Certification in the redwood forests of northern California in 2016.


trailing 2 certificate
Trailing is the fun part of tracking. In trailing, the goal is to catch up to the animal and observe it without the animal becoming aware of you. It is super fun and very challenging. I was tested on deer for the certificate above. I scored 88%, which is level 2. I needed 90% for level 3. You are graded on at least ten different factors that the evaluator observes as you follow your animal. I trailed three deer as they made their way from a water source into the brush, where they fed for a while before making their way to their sheltered beds for the day. They heard us coming and walked out of their bedding area, and we tried to follow. The deer saw us eventually, which you have to figure will happen. They are very wary and not easy to sneak up on!


tracker 2 certificate
If you have taken both a Track and Sign and a Trailing evaluation, you are eligible for a Tracker certificate. You can earn a Tracker certificate for the lowest certification level of the two evaluations. So, I have a Track and Sign Specialist, which is the highest you can get for track and sign identification. And I got a level 2 for Trailing. The highest you can get in Trailing is Specialist. Thus, I got a Tracker 2 certificate because my lower score was in trailing, where I have level 2. If I get better at trailing, I can get a Tracker 3 or 4, or even a Senior Tracker. Senior Tracker requires you to get Specialist in both Track and Sign and Trailing. So, I need more practice in trailing! I hope to get Specialist in Trailing someday! Wish me luck!
 
 
 
tracker 2 certificate
Universal Tracking Services offers certification in tracking people, which is very different from the CyberTracker certifications above. In UTS tracking, the goal is to teach Search-and-Rescue (SAR) personnel how to track lost people in the wilderness. There are four levels to this certification system. Novice, Tracker 1, Tracker 2, and Signcutter. I am currently at the third level - a Tracker 2 Certification.
Tracking people is fun to learn, but has a serious purpose. If someone is lost in the wilderness, they could be in danger of exposure to the elements. So, it is critical to find them as fast as possible. Tracking helps searchers narrow down the search area, and, if the trackers are put on the tracks right away, before others trample the tracks, those tracks can lead the searchers right to the lost person! If you are interesting in helping others and have good wilderness skills, I recommend you learn tracking skills. It might save your life, or that of someone else!
Tracking takes a lot of time and patience to learn. You have to allow yourself to fail too. No one is born knowing how to track. Anyone can learn this skill. For more about how to earn your own tracking certificates, see the links below.

CyberTracker Certification in the USA - http://trackercertification.com/
Universal Tracking Services - Universal Tracking Services
I also highly recommend Rob's Speiden's Natural Awareness Tracking School. I have known Rob for many years and he is a well-rounded, and highly certified tracker. He is certified in both human and wildlife tracking. Rob is a Senior Tracker with CyberTracker. If you would like to attend his classes, here is his page: 
Natural Awareness Tracking School

 

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