JHPTS Advanced Trackers and Novice & Basic Trackers Dual Courses

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Aug/21 - Aug/23, 2020
Indiana University Geological Site, Cardwell, Montana
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Course Description
Joel Hardin








Date: August 21, 22, 23, 2020


Time: 08:00 a.m., Friday, Aug 21, 2020 through 2:00 p.m., Sunday, Aug 23, 2020


Location: Indiana University Geological Site, Cardwell, Montana


Course Cost: $400.00 payable to Katy James, P.O. Box 582, Whitehall, MT 59759 -- $100 deposit required to reserve space in this class, due by August 8th, 2020.  We cannot accept credit card payments – please pay via check or money order or you may utilize PayPal at account Joel@jhardin-inc.com.


Meals & Accommodations: Dormitory style accommodations are provided Thursday PM through Saturday, Aug 22nd, night.  Meals and snacks are provided from 7AM breakfast, Friday, Aug 21 through lunch August 23, 2020.




There are NO prerequisites for this August 21 through Aug 23rd, 24-hour Basic Tracking Training course presentation.  This tracking course is open to all persons with tracking interests regardless of previous experience or training and will focus on primary training for Novice or beginning student interests. This will be a certification course for all eligible students.  All tracking students will be provided training at an appropriate level for their development and upward progress.  Students at all training levels will be individually challenged with “plans of instruction” appropriate for and within training guidelines for each level and stage of JHPTS-Visual Tracking training.


Law Enforcement officers, this is a primary training course for NOVICE level trackers desiring to become certified at the Basic Tracker level to produce criminal incident tracking evidence. 


Course Content: This will be a 24 hour course beginning at 8:00 Friday August 21st, 2020 with registration and lecture including power point presentation to provide Novice and Basic tracker understanding of training methodology, techniques and procedures.  The presentation supports field training by providing student understanding of training methods, manner and objectives.  “Tracking” is a first response primary search resource used to verify witness statements, establish the “PLS”, direction of subject travel and following the physical evidence to the missing person.  Field training exercises will allow “student tracking team” experimentation and “hands-on” practice of fundamental tracking techniques.  Novice students will progress from initial identifying a print, to “step-by-step” every track concept of following an identified sign line and practical tracking team response.  ADVANCED TRACKERS TRAINING


This is a “skill development” training program for Apprentice and Journeyman Tracker students.  Instructors will have a plan of instruction designed to provide credit and further your learning as set forth in modular training!  Students at these levels have acquired

Basic Tracker understanding and will be introduced to practical tracking techniques and applications necessary to become a viable resource for SAR missions.


We want to encourage all “Designated Trainers” in the region to attend this course so as to ensure that you have the information and understanding in keeping with the most recent changes to the training program.  All Level 3 Basic Trackers, Apprentice and Journeyman trackers are trainers and as such you need to know the program.  We encourage everyone at these training levels to join with us for this class.  


This training course is designed to assist all Trainers and trackers which were unable to attend the TTT seminar at Boise with knowing and following the 2020 training program changes and get credit for training and tracking missions. 


For more information regarding the Advanced Tracking course please contact Joel with your questions at email: Joel@jhardin-inc.com or phone 360-319-9002.


Please bring to this training course your current training manual and tracking logs and Training Verification Sign/Off booklet.  Should you anticipate challenging the certification board for advancement:  Please advise your trainer in advance so that person may prepare a recommendation and your training records; you must bring your personal tracking and training logs and records.


Student Needs: All students should be physically fit and equipped for SAR field response. Field practice will continue during any inclement weather, students should be properly prepared with wet/dry, cold/hot weather gear. Knee pads may be helpful.  Students need to bring a pen/pencil, note pad, small measuring tape, 5/8 inch doweling or similar 36 to 40 inches long, with three rubber bands to use as a tracking stick and a three cell flashlight.


Signed copies of Joel’s book are available by direct contact with Joel at Joel@jhardin-inc.com



Registration: Students must pre-register by August 8th, 2020 for this course with a $100 deposit


If you have any questions regarding the class or class location please contact Cody Hagerty at 406-479-0090 or by email at (c_hagerty25@hotmail.com) .  


Send your deposit to: Jefferson Valley SAR - c/o Katy James – P.O. Box 582 Whitehall, MT 59759.   We cannot accept credit cards – please pay via check or money order or You may pay via PayPal account Joel@jhardin-inc.com.  Pre-registered students failing to attend this course without a reasonable excuse will be assessed the $100.00 service fee.


Sponsor Information: This course is sponsored by Jefferson Valley SAR.  All interested law enforcement and SAR volunteer personnel are invited to attend.