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TRACKER LEVEL 1

At this level the tracker:
Is operating as a tracker within a site in a limited capacity but is in the process of development.
  • Has the basic knowledge and skills considered essential to conduct a limited guided animal tracking experience.
  • May be operating as a competent tracker in a number of different sites. A site usually refers to a particular Game or Nature reserve, National Park, Botanical Garden, Bird Sanctuary, etc.
  • Has the basic knowledge and skill considered essential to register and legally conduct a limited guided animal tracking experience as a FGASA Tracker Level 1.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Tracker Level 1 practical assessment.

HOW DO I GET A FGASA TRACKER LEVEL 1 QUALIFICATION?

Once you have become a member of FGASA you can apply to be practically assessed for the FGASA Tracker Level 1 qualification. (There is no theory examination for the Tracker qualifications)

The practical assessment for the Tracker Level 1 qualification is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor in an appropriate natural area for tracker assessments. You will need to go through the Tracker assessment on a limited guided tracking experience. The practical assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief. The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on so that you may prepare yourself for this assessment.

Payment for your practical assessment is made directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.

Once you have been declared competent for the Tracker Level 1 practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Tracker Level 1 Qualification.

 


THE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT FOR TRACKERS CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS:

  • Essential embedded knowledge questions
  • Spoor identification and interpretation
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing)

TWO SEPARATE FGASA CERTIFICATES WITHIN THE LEVELS OF TRACKER QUALIFICATIONS

Once you have been declared competent for:
  • Spoor identification and interpretation – you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Spoor identification and interpretation.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA tracker as you will need to attain the Animal Trailing aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing) - you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Animal Trailing.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA tracker as you will need to attain the Spoor identification and interpretation aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
The practical assessment for the FGASA Tracker Level 1 qualification is based on the Tracking unit standard: 
Conduct a limited guided animal tracking experience

A learner assessed as competent against this tracking unit standard will be able to:
  • Accurately identify from clearly defined to partially defined easy spoor of small to large animals (classified as unclear easy spoor).
  • Intuitively follow the tracks of a large animal under easy soil conditions for at least 30 minutes until it is found.
  • Interpret basic behavioural patterns of animals by means of inductive-deductive reasoning from observation of spoor.
  • Estimate the age of spoor as being fresh enough to follow and find or not.

WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE TRACKER LEVEL 1 QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
  1. A photographic guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa – L. Liebenberg
  2. Practical Tracking – L. Liebenberg, A. Louw & M. Elbroch
 
Recommended reading: 
  • A Field guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern & East African Wildlife - Chris & Tilda Stuart 


TRACKER LEVEL 2

At this level the tracker:
  • Is operating as a tracker within a site in an advanced process of development. 
  • Has the knowledge and skills considered essential to conduct a Guided animal tracking experience.
  • May be operating as a competent tracker in a number of different sites.   A Site usually refers to a particular Game or Nature reserve, National Park, Botanical Garden, Bird Sanctuary, etc.  
  • Has the knowledge and skill considered essential to register and legally conduct a guided animal tracking experience as a FGASA Tracker Level 2.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Tracker Level 2 practical assessment.

HOW DO I GET A FGASA TRACKER LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATION?

Once you are a paid-up member of FGASA you can apply to be practically assessed for the FGASA Tracker Level 2 qualification.  It is unlikely that this qualification will be awarded if you do not have at least 1 year of tracking experience. (There is no theory examination for the Tracker qualifications) 

The practical assessment for the Tracker Level 2 qualification is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor in an appropriate natural area for tracker assessments.  You will need to go through the Tracker assessment on a guided tracking experience.  The practical assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief.  The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on so that you may prepare yourself for this assessment.  

Payment for your practical assessment is made directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.

Once you have been declared competent for the Tracker Level 2 practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Tracker Level 2 Qualification.

THE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT FOR TRACKERS CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS:

  • Essential embedded knowledge question
  • Spoor identification and interpretation
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing)

TWO SEPARATE FGASA CERTIFICATES WITHIN THE LEVELS OF TRACKER QUALIFICATIONS

Once you have been declared competent for:
  • Spoor identification and interpretation – you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Spoor identification and interpretation.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA tracker as you will need to attain the Animal Trailing aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing) - you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Animal Trailing.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA tracker as you will need to attain the Spoor identification and interpretation aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
The practical assessment for the FGASA Tracker Level 2 qualification is based on the  Tracking unit standard: 
Conduct an animal tracking experience

A learner assessed as competent against this tracking unit standard will be able to:
  • Accurately identify from clearly defined to partially obscure spoor of small to large animals (classified as moderately difficult) 
  • Systematically follow the tracks of a medium to large animal for at least 30 minutes until it is found. 
  • Interpret behavioural patterns of animals by means of inductive-deductive reasoning from observation of spoor. 
  • Estimate the age of spoor as fresh enough to follow and find or not. 

WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE TRACKER LEVEL 2 QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:
  1. A photographic guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa – L. Liebenberg
  2. Practical Tracking – L. Liebenberg,  A. Louw &  M. Elbroch
Recommended reading:  
  • A Field guide to the Tracks and Signs of Southern & East African Wildlife -  Chris & Tilda Stuart 


TRACKER LEVEL 3

At this level the tracker:
  • Is operating as an advanced professional tracker within a site. 
  • Has the advanced knowledge and skills considered essential to conduct an advanced guided animal tracking experience.
  • May be operating as a competent tracker in a number of different sites.   A Site usually refers to a particular Game or Nature reserve, National Park, Botanical garden, Bird Sanctuary, etc.  
  • Has advanced knowledge and skill considered essential to register and legally conduct an advanced guided animal tracking experience as a FGASA Tracker Level 3.
  • Has been declared competent against the requirements of the FGASA Tracker Level 3 practical assessment.

HOW DO I GET A FGASA TRACKER LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATION?

Once you are a paid-up member of FGASA you can apply to be practically assessed for the FGASA Tracker Level 3 qualification.  It is unlikely that this qualification will be awarded if you do not have at least 2 years of tracking experience. (There is no theory examination for the Tracker qualifications) 

The practical assessment for the Tracker Level 3 qualification is carried out by a registered FGASA assessor in an appropriate natural area for tracker assessments.  You will need to go through the Tracker assessment on an advanced guided tracking experience.  The practical Assessment will be explained to you in detail by your assessor in the pre-assessment brief.  

The assessor will make sure that you know what you will be assessed on so you may prepare yourself for this assessment.  
Payment for your practical assessment is made directly to the assessor and does not come via the FGASA office.

Once you have been declared competent for the Tracker Level 3 practical assessment you will have attained the FGASA Tracker Level 3 Qualification.

THE PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT FOR TRACKERS CONSISTS OF THREE PARTS:

  • Essential embedded knowledge question
  • Spoor identification and interpretation
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing)


TWO SEPARATE FGASA CERTIFICATES WITHIN THE LEVEL 3 TRACKER QUALIFICATION ARE ISSUED GIVEN THAT THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE NQF5 UNIT STANDARDS FOR THIS QUALIFICATION.

Once you have been declared competent (attained 90%) for:
  • Spoor identification and interpretation – you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Spoor identification and interpretation.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA Level 3 tracker as you will need to attain the Animal Trailing aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing) - you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Animal Trailing.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA Level 3 tracker as you will need to attain the Spoor identification and interpretation aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
The practical assessment for the FGASA Tracker Level 3 qualification is based on the two Tracking unit standards: 
Conduct an advanced guided animal track and sign interpretation experience 

A learner assessed as competent against this standard will be able to:
  • Accurately identify from partially obscure to obscure spoor of small to large animals (Classified as difficult)
  • Interpret behavioural patterns of animals by means of inductive-deductive reasoning from observation of spoor. 
  • Estimate the age of difficult spoor. 
Conduct an advanced guided animal trailing experience 

A learner assessed as competent against this standard will be able to:
  • Intuitively follow the tracks of a small to large animal for at least 30 minutes until it is found. 
  • Interpret behavioural patterns of animals by means of inductive-deductive reasoning from observation of spoor. 
  • Estimate the age of difficult spoor as fresh enough to follow and find or not.

WHAT LEARNING MATERIALS DO I NEED FOR THE TRACKER LEVEL 3 QUALIFICATION?

The following learning materials are compulsory:

  1. Practical Tracking -  L. Liebenberg, A. Louw and M. Elbroch
  2. A photographic guide to Tracks and Tracking in Southern Africa – L. Liebenberg

 


TRACKER LEVEL 4

The FGASA Tracker Level 4 Qualification is issued when the candidate has achieved 100% in an assessment the same as that for the Tracker Level 3 qualification.

TWO SEPARATE FGASA CERTIFICATES WITHIN THE LEVEL 4 TRACKER QUALIFICATION ARE ISSUED GIVEN THAT THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE ASPECTS FOR THIS QUALIFICATION.

Once you have been declared competent at 100% for:
  • Spoor identification and interpretation – you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Spoor identification and interpretation.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA Level 4 tracker as you will need to attain the Animal Trailing aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.
  • Systematic tracking (Animal Trailing) - you may be awarded the FGASA Certificate in Animal Trailing.  This does not however qualify you as a FGASA Level 4 tracker as you will need to attain the Spoor identification and interpretation aspect of the qualification before the full Tracker qualification is awarded.

 


SENIOR TRACKER

  • This guide is operating at a very advanced Special Knowledge and Skills professional Tracker level.
  • Has a minimum of five years practical experience as a Tracker and has an exceptional ability to identify and interpret spoor of all animals.
  • Has been declared competent against the FGASA Senior Tracker practical assessment.


MASTER TRACKER

This is regarded as an honorary category.
  • The Master Tracker must have excellent knowledge of animal behaviour, and be capable of a highly refined interpretation of spoor in difficult terrain. He or she must have originality and creative insight with well developed intuitive abilities.
  • Has a minimum of ten years experience and has demonstrated an ability to make novel contributions to the understanding of tracking and scientific knowledge of animal behaviour.
  • The awarding of this qualification is based on the recommendation from CyberTracker.

 
 

SCOUT QUALIFICATION

This is an honorary category introduced as a special recognition for an experienced Nature Guide who has qualified with the FGASA Level 3 Guiding qualification, the Special Knowledge and Skills (Dangerous Game) [SKS (DG) / SKS(DA)] qualification and the FGASA Senior Tracker qualification.


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