COVID-19: Online Certification Extension Courses have Launched! *updated 4/7/2020*

Wilderness Medical Associates International is excited to announce the launch of our online certification extension courses. These options are only available to currently certified WMAI WFR/WEMT and WAFA graduates whose certification will expire while conventional, open-enrollment courses are being suspended and unavailable because of COVID-19. These courses are open at no charge.  If your certification expired in March, you will automatically receive a one (1) month participation eligibility extension.

Enrollment is easy. Follow the appropriate link below to the Online Certification Extension (OCE) course page matching your current certification level and fill out the online registration form. Once we receive it and confirm your eligibility, we will send you an email with specific course participation login information.

After you successfully complete the course by passing the final exam, you will be able to access your PDF certification with an expiration date of six (6) months from the date you finished the OCE course.

This extension option will only be available until WMAI announces resumption of a sufficient number of conventional, open-enrollment recertification courses.

Canadian graduates should contact the Canadian office for further information () please include a copy of your current certification and if applicable the information about the course you were scheduled to attend.

If you decide not to participate in the OCE course and your certification expires, you will be required to attend a full course when conventional courses resume.

Click here to register for the Online WFR Certification Extension course

Click here to register for the Online WAFA Certification Extension course

WMAI Certification Extension Update due to COVID-19 *updated 4/2/2020*

We have fielded a variety of inquiries from former WFR and WAFA graduates whose certification is expiring in March 2020 forward and their upcoming recertification course has been postponed due to COVID-19. We have considered a number of options, including a blanket extension. In the end, we believe that it will benefit you and reassure us to have you participate in what amounts to continuing education. We are currently working on a process whereby you will be able to extend your current WMA WFR or WAFA certification for 6 months as long as our courses remain postponed because of COVID-19 concerns. This proposed course will include reading and watching videos and then answering questions based on those activities. After successful completion, you will receive a PDF certification document with an updated expiration date. There will be no charge for this online certification extension.

We hope to begin this process in the coming days. If you expire at the end of March, we will extend your eligibility by one month.

WMA CANADA COURSE GRADUATES: WMA Canada has an Online Extension course specifically for graduates of WMA Canada WFR and WAFA courses needing certification extensions during the COVID-19 pandemic.  For details, email , please include a copy of your current certification and if applicable the information about the course you were scheduled to attend.

As always, WMA Canada and US share the same curriculum and certifications with WMA affiliates worldwide.

Recertification Options

All WMAI certifications, including Anaphylaxis* and CPR* certifications, expire three years from the last day of the month of certification (e.g., certified: 2017-03-10; expire: 2020-03-31). There is no grace period.  

All successful graduates will be notified 6 and 3 months before their pending expiration via email to the address we were given at course registration.  If you change your email address, please contact the office so that we can update our records.

*Some jurisdictions limit these certifications to 1 or 2 years before requiring a recertification.

WFR:  WMA offers a variety of options for WMA and non-WMA graduates to earn a WMA WFR certification via recertification. WFR recertification candidates must have passed an eligible course. To be eligible, the course should have been a wilderness-based first aid training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option. Most but not all WFRs are eligible.

WEMS: Only WMA graduates can recertify the wilderness portion of their WMA WEMS certification in any of these options. To be eligible, a candidate must hold a current WMA WEMS certification as well a current EMS certificate at the EMT/Canadian EMR or equivalent level or above. A separate WEMS exam will be administered. It is important for these candidates to notify the sponsor of their intention at the time of registration.

All recertifications include some pre-course work. We suggest registering at least 2 weeks before the course to allow sufficient time to finish the pre-course work. After registering, the course host will send registrants information about creating a Moodle account and enrolling into their Moodle course. This online course will house pre-course release forms and applicable pre-course work.

Successful candidates receive a WMA certification. We do not issue letters of successful completion.

Open Recertification (click on link for details)

The Open Recertification has been specifically designed for recertifications. Successful candidates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications as well as the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS, for those eligible.

Bridge (WAFA to WFR) (click on link for details)

Upon completion, the successful candidate will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications as well as the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS, for those eligible.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Upon successful completion, graduates will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis and the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS for those eligible.  This course includes single person, adult only CPR.  It will be the candidate’s responsibility to pass a BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR elsewhere before their WFR certification is considered valid by WMA.