People First


We were recently fortunate to be asked to deliver a bespoke and targeted training package on behalf of the Military.  PENCARI Training quickly identified that the team’s we were training had previously received a plethora of predominantly classroom based training, along with a considerable amount of ‘gifted’ equipment and technology. Although these previous initiatives were well intended, we weren’t convinced that this was the best approach. So we focused our attention on what we believe is the most important asset in any Unit or team, regardless of that team being from a military, law enforcement or even NGO background – the individual.

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The Human Element is our first pillar of training ethos putting the person first. Improving that individual and ensuring that they can be the very best that they can be, ultimately enhancing the overall team’s capability and preventing what we commonly see as an over reliance on technology…..

PENCARI Training achieve ISO 9001:2015 Certification


Dorset based defence and security training provider has achieved certification to the internationally recognised ISO 9001:2015 standard, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field.


This independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading Certification Body, and demonstrates PENCARI’s commitment to customer service and quality training delivery.

PENCARI Training has now earned the right to display the coveted British Assessment Bureau quality shield and ISO 9001:2015 logo to demonstrate its conformance to the standard.

ISO 9001 was first introduced in 1987 and requires organisations to demonstrate that they do what they say they do, and that they have a Quality Management System in place to ensure consistency and improvement; leading to high levels of performance and customer satisfaction. Certified organisations are committed to continuous improvement and are assessed to ensure progress is being maintained.

PENCARI has shown they have good service reliability and process controls, which means lower costs for its customers!

PENCARI’s Founding Director, Dean Williams said, “we’re particularly pleased to have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification as it underlines our commitment to our customers and our focus on quality training delivery. Not many customers get to see their training provider’s ‘back office’ activities. This recognition demonstrates that we can provide a quality solution from initial needs analysis to training delivery and consultancy and beyond”.

The benefits of certification to ISO 9001 include:

  • Streamlining an organisation’s procedures;
  • Bringing consistency to an organisation’s service delivery;
  • Reducing cost and rework;
  • Improving an organisation’s management practices;
  • Enhanced status;
  • Competitive advantage;
  • Lower insurance premiums.

PENCARI Training Ltd has a proven and highly successful record in the delivery of bespoke training initiatives to the Defence and Security sector. Their training offers the world’s Government Organisations (Military, Law Enforcement), Non Government Organisations and Commercial Security Companies market leading, responsive analysis and focussed training; preparing their personnel for Military and Civil crisis management operations worldwide and throughout all environments.

PENCARI Is a veteran owned private company employing ex UK service personnel and current serving UK Armed Forces Reservists. It delivers crucial defence and security training to the UK Military and Police as well as the worlds’ Armed forces and Law Enforcement Agencies.

Since its inception in 2011 PENCARI training has consistently delivered training of the very highest standards and is now recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of bespoke training ensuring that the people who safe guard us in the current fight against terror are safer and more efficient in their day to day operational roles.

“Providing Bespoke Training Solutions in order to prepare today’s Specialists for tomorrow’s uncertainties”

The Human Factor



PENCARI training recently delivered a CIED Sign Awareness course to operators within both the Norwegian Army and the USMC – the photo shows the importance of studying and understanding how “sign” ages, allowing operators to reach an understanding on what is relevant to an IED emplacement and what might be normal pattern of life – great course and a lot of fun working with these real Vikings!

IED Awareness/identification IS NOT all about technology – its about the Human Factor. The guys and girls who function 24/7 in all weather conditions without the need for a battery change or a replacement part…..

Combat & Survival Magazine

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Combat Tracking IX Course


Here’s PENCARI’s latest exceptional training offering now open to both Individuals and Teams.

Dates: 14-25 April 2014.                                     Course duration: 2 week (10 day).

Location: Training will take place at our exclusive High Altitude Desert Terrain facility in New Mexico USA.

All training, on-site Accommodation and all Meals included in one incredible price.

By attending the PENCARI CTIX you are guaranteed an opportunity to receive world renowned quality Combat Tracking instruction from PENCARI’s exceptional team of Instructors! Our training will enhance both current and future Military, Law Enforcement, Counter-Poaching and Security operations whatever and wherever your Mission may take you!

CTIX level 1 class includes all necessary lessons required to identify ‘sign’ and through the use of Information Exploitation (IX) techniques make intelligent and logical assumptions and deductions about your quarry/target in order to successfully pursue and interdict. The CTIX has a completely tactical focus drawing on years of experience in Combat Tracking in both an operational and training role. It includes Deception and Counter Deception, C- IED, Night and Urban Tracking. The class is both mentally and at times physically challenging.

Participants must be physically fit and capable of carrying medium loads over distances in excess of 15 miles over rugged terrain and on occasion at speed.

The cost of our Combat Tracker IX – level 1 (Mil/LE-100 hours) = $2200 USD a 20% deposit ($440 USD) is required on booking with full payment required no less than 4 weeks before course start date.


 All payments can be made through our PayPal account. We will invoice you through PayPal and you are free to pay via credit, debit or Bank card, you are not required to have a PayPal account!

Just send us an email to and we will do the rest!

Additional PENCARI Training Benefits:

Instructor Student RatioPENCARI’s Instructor to Student ratio never exceeds 1:4, ensuring that an Instructor is always with the student Combat Tracking Team, delivering advice, guidance and assistance throughout each and every track.

Instructor Depth of KnowledgeOur World leading Instructors all come from incredible backgrounds including UKSF and Royal Marines Commando. All instructors have served on numerous operations in all environments, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Columbia, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Bosnia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland to name a few. All PENCARI Instructors have also served as Instructors at the UK Military Combat Tracking School based in the Jungles of SE Asia and therefore have a considerable depth of knowledge in successful training delivery…..they know what works!

Multi Environment Training: PENCARI ensure that you receive training in as many differing environments as the training area allows. This ensures that wherever you may be asked to serve you have an understanding of what to look for in that environment and how to adjust your tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP’s) to best suit the threat and the terrain. PENCARI Instructors have the confidence to teach you anywhere and offer you a true Contingency capability.

Open country, Close country Drills (including Urban): PENCARI recognize the importance of adapting Information Exploitation and Pursuit methods both to the threat and to the terrain therefore, we deliver you the necessary skills to conduct CTIX in both Open and Close country including Urban Tracking. This ensures that team safety remains a priority and enables you to successfully complete your Mission whatever that Mission may be.

Relevant and Up to Date (TTP’s): Combat tried and tested tactics, techniques and Procedures. The TTP’s that PENCARI teach have been tested in combat and have not been found wanting. They have been developed over many years and many conflicts as diverse as Aden, The Malay Emergency, The Borneo Confrontation, Northern Ireland, Rhodesian Bush Wars, Iraq and Afghanistan. We understand the loads that you are required to carry (because we too have carried those loads) and the affects that they will have, both on the Team and on the Individual in a fast ‘Pursuit’ style operation. Combat Tracking IX can be aided by the use of new and existing technology however its successful use is not dependent on it! We discuss and train how to incorporate your Tracking drills into a multi-layered technical approach ensuring your Team maintains the tactical and operational advantage over any adversary.

Our Training AreasWe select our training areas to offer as many differing environments as possible, crucial to ensure a true contingency capability (go anywhere use anywhere). They all consist of both Open and Close Country, grass, rock, sand, bush, scrub, wetlands and urban terrain. This diversity will give you the confidence in your Tracking skills to operate anywhere and in all environments.

Full PackageTraining, Accommodation and Food all included in one price. Our discreet and secluded New Mexico training site offers the incredible opportunity to conduct Tracking training in an unsurpassed and demanding environment. Airport transfers can be arranged at an additional charge.

To book or for further information please email us at:

Ten Paths to Operational Enhancement……continued

Part Two

I’ve been training professionals for over 20 years and throughout that time I have reached the conclusion that what individuals, teams and “Units” want more than anything is a training solution that offers them an enhanced capability. A capability that will allow them to function and therefore operate more efficiently! They don’t ask me to lighten their loads, offer them an “easy” way to achieve their mission or even a way that will allow them additional time with their family and loved ones…although this last one would be pretty neat! What they want is a skill-set, gem of knowledge, way or path to make them even better at what they do! Well here it is, and you’ll be pleased to hear, there is no magic involved…..Do the “Basics” well, all the time, every time whether you’re deploying on a mission or just on to a training exercise!


Major Dean A Williams MBE Royal Marines Commandos (Ret) Founding Director and Chief Instructor

In no particular order a further 5 ‘path’s’ that when followed and practiced regularly, will lead to improved and enhanced mission performance:

6.         Navigation. Navigate everywhere and don’t rely on your GPS. Global Positioning Systems have become an undeniable asset and certainly should not be forsaken however, learn how to really read a map and understand how to read the contours marked on that map. You need to have the confidence in your map reading ability to “feel” the terrain under your feet! I once had a 5 man team of “Premier” SOF come through our school. We reminded them of the need to navigate, at all times, through the use of map, compass and pacing along with GPS ‘confirmation’. The team leader replied thanks but “no thanks” as “we” have the latest up to date “you can’t bend it” GPS in the world! Four hours after aviation insertion dropped the “Team” into triple canopy rainforest, these exceptional Operators were totally disorientated and “misplaced”. They had relied on technology for too long and forsaken the “Basics”. After a substantial amount of eating large slices of “humble pie” they agreed to re-learn the use of compass, azimuths and crucially pacing (see point number 7) – the “Basics”


Fig 1 Don’t be reliant on GPS, check and confirm with Map and Compass

7.         Pace, everywhere – Ask yourself this question. How many paces do you walk in ten yards or even 100 yards? How many paces with tactical vest and plate armour, with a full bergan/load on your back, along the flat, uphill, downhill, when running, by day and at night? Have a means of recording your paces – pace counter attached to weapon (remember point 3), or pacing beads attached to your non dominant hand side of your webbing riser. With a little “training” pacing can prove an accurate way to measure your distance traveled and will ensure that you know exactly where you are at all times!

ImageFig 2. No visible landmarks, pacing is a must!

8.         Trash/Discardables. What goes in with you – comes out with you! Don’t bury it, burn it or hide it! Information gained from trash by your adversary can be phenomenal, and can include, time that you buried it and therefore, through a time and distance study an assessment of your current position, nationality of unit, type, ethnicity, numbers, professionalism, information or need for resupply…the list is endless.

9.         Stealth and Deception. Always use deception tactics. The Russians have a word for stealth “Khitrost”, this heading was and still is included into every set of operational orders, it was included for a very good reason. Through the use of stealth you achieve deception. Learn how to Anti-Track and minimise your signature both physical and electronic. Study deception and the techniques to successfully implement it until it becomes second nature – think out of the box!


Fig 3. Use Stealth and Deception on every operation.

 10.       Train – don’t practice. What’s the difference I hear you say? All the practising in the world isn’t doing you any good if you’re practising the wrong things! You must simulate what you’re required to do on operations in as many varied scenarios as possible. Discover what you’re weakest in and train yourself in that aspect the most. There’s little benefit, if any, in constantly repeating the things that we are already proficient at, just because it’s easy, or we enjoy that feeling of self gratification. Get out there and start “training” in the component that you are “not” good at and reap the rewards!


Fig 4.”Train Hard in order to Fight Hard”

Dean Williams spent 26 years serving in the British Royal Marine Commandos in a myriad of specialist units, serving at every rank from Marine to Major and with experience in the commercial training sector, he is the visionary behind PENCARI’s development. PENCARI means ‘Searcher or Seeker’ in Bahasa Malay. It was while serving in Borneo in SE Asia, initially as the Training Officer and then the Officer Commanding the UK Military’s Jungle Warfare and Combat Tracking School that Dean recognised the need for an intelligent and focused training delivery organisation that continually ‘seeks’ and strives for the very latest techniques in training design, concept and delivery.

Through the partnering of some incredible Associates, PENCARI have established a world leading team of subject matter experts capable of delivering the very best bespoke defence and security training unrivaled and unmatched by its competitors.

 Providing Bespoke Training Solutions in order to prepare Today’s Specialists for Tomorrow’s Uncertainties 

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