Most standard WMA courses are approved to award continuing education hours to first responders, EMTs, paramedics, and others with EMS licensure through CAPCE. Review the table for total continuing education hours (CEHs) by course type and license type. You may also view sample CEH distributions by course type below.


Continuing Education Hours by Course

Course Type

License Type

 Basic EMT Advanced EMT or Paramedic First Responder
WFR 70 70 70
Open Recert 24 24 24
WEMS Upgrade 45 45
Bridge 36 36 36
WAFA 36 36 36
OEM 36 36 36
WALS 36*

*Paramedics are eligible to attend our WALS course on a case by case basis only.


Sample CE Distribution by Course

WFR Open Recert WEMS Upgrade


CMEs for Medical Professionals

Those who attend the WMA Wilderness Advanced Life Support course are eligible to receive:

Physicians, physician assistants, and other ALS certified professionals may receive up to 36 hrs of AMA PRA Category I Credit through the Wilderness Medical Society. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of the Wilderness Medical Society and WMA International. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Physicians can also receive up to 36 hours of Mainpro-C credit through the College of Family Physicians of Canada. This activity has been reviewed as eligible for 28.5 credits toward the Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine registry, a program of the Wilderness Medical Society. A list of the specific topics eligible for credit is available on request.

Nurses: Most State Boards of Registered Nurses accept AMA Category 1 Credit as meeting continuing education requirements for license renewal. Nurses should check with their state board regarding use of CME Credit.

Physician Assistants: The American Academy of Physician Assistants accepts Category 1 CME approval from organizations accredited by the ACCME.




I understand that Wilderness Medical Associates, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation, will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.