Frequently Asked Questions
How long are the JHPTS courses?
Most courses are for 24 hours, usually beginning at 8:00 AM Friday morning and ending around 2:00 PM on Sunday. Sessions are split between classroom and field practice areas with day and night sessions. Occasionally a course will have different hours or day, so check the information sheet for your particular course.
What student aids are needed to take a course?
Pen/pencil, notebook, small measuring tape, 3-cell “D” flashlight, tracking stick with 3 rubber bands, 3″x5″ mirror (plastic preferred) and compass. Survey tape (bio-degradable) is also useful.
What other equipment is needed to take a course?
Sun block, hat, layered clothing, snacks and water are all needed. Students should bring clothing and equipment for a typical SAR response, with provisions for 8-12 hours of deployment. Many students have found that kneepads make the class more comfortable.
Will I be a “certified” tracker after the class?
Certification is solely based on the demonstrated knowledge and tracking skill of the student. Students typically reach Basic-Level 1 certification after 60 hours of documented training and field practice.
For how long is a tracking certification valid?
Tracking skills diminish without regular practice. All certifications are in effect for a year after issuance, with a 3 month grace period allowed prior to recertification through a refresher course.