UTS Training Courses
Each level has listed criteria that must be achieved before being certified at
An UTS manual with more detail training schedule outline is available upon request.
The Tracker I program is available to all Track Aware certified students who wish to further their skills in the tracking program and achieve the Tracker I certification. This program offers more advanced skills in tracking and develops basic multi-team sign cutting methods. At this level, students start to see the significant advantage and usefulness for tracking to be used in searches and crime scene investigations. Students will learn the skills to start moving sign in a controlled but more efficient and more rapid manner while emphasizing using the basic skills learned in the Track Aware training. Communication skills will become an even more important factor, and common sense and reasoning will become essential. Interviewing techniques and report writing will be introduced.
The criteria for Tracker I certification is as follows:
The Tracker II program is available to all certified Tracker I or higher students. This program provides significantly advanced training to enable the student who is committed to tracking a skill level that will allow them to participate and lead most any tracking operation presented. Emphasis will be focused on analyzing the mission and enhancing skills in communication, common sense and reasoning, leadership, and teamwork. At this level, students will be expected to move sign much more rapidly but with discipline, control, and accuracy. Students will be allowed much more autonomy and will be challenged to make decisions with minimal input from instructors. Combining all of the training obtained in the previous levels will be essential with a strong reliance on the basics.
The criteria for Tracker II certification is as follows:
Sign Cutter is the highest level of certification provided by UTS at this time. Those wanting to achieve this level will be challenged to use all of their previous training and demonstrate their ability to track an individual (or individuals) through and during many different aspects. The scenario(s) will contain many different challenges, which will task the student to use basic as well as advance skills to accomplish. There will be no one who has at least achieved the Tracker II level who cannot achieve this level. However, the student will have to demonstrate, significantly, their ability to follow and describe difficult and complex sign.
The criteria for becoming Sign Cutter certified are as follows:
Actual tracking missions can pose numerous complications and confusing circumstances. Most UTS students have already experienced these situations and have adapted. This level of instruction is geared toward making these missions easier and/or more efficiently accomplished. The main issue that will make tracking easier at this level is the ability to maintain an open mind. Developing tunnel vision while methodically following sign will many times cause the obvious to be overlooked. There are times that the person being tracked may know something about tracking, or the person being tracked will do something (doubling back, side step, change shoes, walk in circles, etc.) that do not make sense. However, with the training achieved so far, these circumstances can be overcome.
No one can walk so carefully for very long that some sign cannot be found. The student’s cutting training will allow for that sign to eventually be found by ever widening cuts and completing the cuts. The same can be done for those being followed who are making confusing sign. Common sense and reasoning will be extremely important in working this kind of sign.
This training will include scenarios that will necessitate much more attention being paid to detail. This will allow teams to tell "the story" of what took place during the tracking scenario. The goal will not only be completing the line(s) of sign, but will also be interpreting what happened during the entire exercise and document such.
In essence, this training will attempt to put all of the student’s training and expertise to the test. Being able to successfully accomplish this level of training, with continued practice, puts the student in a position to approach almost any tracking circumstance with confidence and a high probability of success.