The Track and Sign Certification is an internationally applied, professional-level certification used to promote wildlife tracking and knowledge. This two-day field experience is both an assessment and a training, with an emphasis on open 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, fresh or old. After participants give their answers for a set of questions, a dialogue ensues between the evaluator and participants to provide the opportunity for everyone involved to internalize field marks, wildlife behavior, and natural history.
The 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.
We also offer One-day Track and Sign evaluations as an introduction to the Cybertracker Certification process. Participants are asked fewer questions, but they include the same rich variety of animal sign and behaviors covered in the 2-day evaluation. The one-day evaluation costs less, is easier to fit into busy schedules, and provides an excellent springboard to practice and apply fundamental tracking skills. Participants who score between 69 and 100% will receive Track and Sign Level I certificates.
Basic requirements and skill sets:
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 and natural history. 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 complex” spoor will be asked, with not more than 10 “complex” spoor. No “easy” spoor will be asked. In addition to this, 7 “extremely complex” 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.