Valve announced tonight that they are nixing the requirement to attend a $3,000 training course for their SteamVR Tracking solution.
After working with numerous third parties and updating the tools, Valve is opening more direct access to the technology and course work, available free of charge in English and Chinese. The full, in person training courses are still available for those interested.

In addition, SteamVR base stations will be available from Valve later this year.

SteamVR Tracking was first made available to third parties in August of last year, and over 500 companies have signed up. Developed in-house at Valve, SteamVR Tracking is a hardware/software solution that lets your devices know in real time where they are, within a room.

SteamVR Tracking is royalty free and can be used for peripherals, HMDs, or other devices.

As they mentioned, interested parties can still partake of the in-person courses if they so desire. This free route will be great for smaller developers looking to get their feet wet with the hardware and software solution that is SteamVR Tracking.