The Wilderness First Responder certification is considered the standard medical certification for guides, outdoor educators, trip leaders, and anyone serving as the first point of care in remote areas.

Through a hands-on and scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away. The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments.

Thank you for your interest in our public training courses. Currently, we do not have any more WFR courses scheduled for 2018. The 2019 course schedule will be posted on this page this autumn.

Course Information:

Course Duration:

9 or 10 days

Certifications Received:

Wilderness First Responder, Health Care Provider Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

Recertification Interval:

3 years (WFR); 2 years (CPR)


18+ years old

Public Course Format:

Non-residential; students responsible for food/lodging; 8am-5pm for ten consecutive days with two evening scenarios and a one-day break

Key Topics Covered:

The WFR covers legal considerations, patient assessment, lifting and moving patients, altitude, immersion, submersion, lightning, and altered mental states. The course curriculum also educates students on how to successfully manage shock, head injuries, wounds, infection, musculoskeletal and spinal injuries, respiratory and cardiac emergencies, abdominal pain, metabolic and allergic reactions, cold and heat emergencies, and more. Download Course Outline.

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