Trackers can play an important role in education, ecotourism, search & rescue, anti-poaching, crime prevention, wildlife monitoring, and scientific research in nature reserves, national parks and protected areas.
Creating employment opportunities for trackers provides cultural, social and economic benefits to local communities. The employment of trackers will also help to retain traditional skills that may otherwise be lost in the near future.
The CyberTracker certification system has proved to be a very efficient training tool.
In national parks and in the ecotourism industry there has been an increasing need to verify the abilities of rangers and trackers. Rangers are used to gather data for monitoring wildlife and it is important to validate that the data they gather is accurate. Expert trackers can give valuable assistance to researchers studying animal behavior. The employment of trackers in scientific research requires the highest level of tracking expertise. Tracker certificates will help to validate data collected by trackers by providing an objective test of observer reliability.
The art of tracking should therefore be recognized as a specialized profession.
In order to develop the art of tracking as a modern profession very high standards of certification need to be maintained. Trackers are graded in order to determine their level of expertise, so that they can be promoted according to different salary scales. This provides an incentive for trackers to develop their skills and strive towards the highest levels of excellence.