Anti-Poaching Training Courses

Anti-Poaching Training Courses

What Accredited subjects are available and what are the minimum requirements?



Training & recruitment forms a vital important role in Anti-Poaching & we have a very strict protocol when it comes to selection and training.

Anti-Poaching is constantly evolving and at PROTRACK we are also constantly upgrading our learning material and counter poaching tactics.

Discipline must be instilled from day one and this is all part of the training.

We also have full accreditation for our weapons training, which affords us the ability to do very extensive training exercises that are better suited to this line of work. For example night shooting, fire and movement and tactical training exercises.

At the end of each training course, we have a passing out parade and an award ceremony. There is a very strong sense of comradely and pride amongst the trainees and this in itself is a critical aspect in Anti-Poaching. These guys need to trust and support one another under extraordinary circumstances.

All of our recruits come from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups. In our experience, this plays a very important role in counter poaching strategies. Whilst on their 6 week training course, they need to learn how to live with one another and in times of crisis we need these men to all work as one team.

The training and work experience gained at Protrack in the first year can be a big stepping stone to a career in Anti-Poaching and conservation. Many of the large game reserves both private and government like to employ ex-Protrack personnel

A very big part of our training is simply getting to know the students and their capabilities, as well as team building.

Obstacle Course - River Crossing Simulation

In order for any person in the country to be able to perform any role in the security industry, you will have to have a valid PSIRA certificate and a valid firearm competency certificate for both private and business use. This is all included in the 6 week training program.


What subjects are completed during our 6 Week Anti-Poaching Course?

  • First Aid Level 3 Accreditation (VALID FOR 3 YEARS)
  • Basic Fire Fighting Accreditation.(VALID FOR 1 YEAR)
  • Weapon competency – business & private
  • Advanced Snake Handling Course Accreditation
  • Tracking of humans & formation tracking
  • Tracking Formation and Air to Ground Operations
  • Role & function of security PSIRA Registration & Grade
  • Ambushing & ambush planning
  • Poaching Methods
  • Sweeping Formations
  • Dangerous Game
  • 7 Rules when working in the field
  • Vehicle Extraction Drills
  • Arrest procedures & the law
  • Court procedures
  • Road block procedures
  • General bush knowledge
  • Personal hygiene
  • Public relations
  • Self defence
  • Gunshot approach & detection
  • Basic Map Reading and Identification
  • 8 step Security Plan
  • Threat analysis
  • Rhino Project
  • Rhino Crime scene and crime scene discipline
  • Advanced Weapon Drills and fire and movement
  • Night shooting
  • Basic Survival Methods
  • Patrol methods & formations
  • Extended Clandestine Patrols
  • Camouflage and concealment
  • Identification of poisoning of game
  • Night Operations
  • Discipline, drill & physical fitness
  • GPS and Radio Communications
  • Observation Posts
  • Search procedures
  • Pocket book procedures & reports
  • Illegal substance & identification thereof
Leopard Crawl Excercise

Why is Fitness and Discipline so Important?

You will be trained to convict, confront and track armed poachers as well as sleep with big five, therefore discipline and self-discipine are of utmost importance while working in the field. In our 25 years of experience we have had more injuries and fatalities due to complacency than any other form of danger you may face while working in the field.

Fitness is very important for the simple factor that you have to be fitter and stronger than the poacher you are after.

The average Human walks at 4km per/hr
A Reasonable Tracker can Track at 6km per/hr

Now this should indicate to you how fit and good you should be if a poacher is simply walking through the bush and unaware that you are chasing him down. A Poacher can easily cover 10 km an hour if he is aware that he might be caught, this almost tripling the speed you need to be tracking at in order to catch him.

How is fitness and discipline Installed?

No matter whether you are a permanent recruit, a volunteer or a private client.

Protrack’s training and company tradition throughout the years have installed a rank system and a firm hand on rules and regulations, therefore drill will occur during every morning of your training and throughout the course on various exercises conducted. You will also have obstacle courses during most of these mornings, PT sessions, road runs, bush runs and Vasbyt.

This 5 week anti-poaching course is not for the faint hearted but if you have passion and determination for Africa’s wildlife and you are willing to gain further in-depth knowledge about anti-poaching, then Protrack is the right place for you.

Training Contact

+27 (0)15 590 2650


+27 76 916 7987

No 16 Safari Junction, Hoedspruit, 1380