The Two-Day Recertification course can be used to recertify a Wilderness Medical Associates' Wilderness First Responder, or Wilderness EMT.


To be eligible for renewal of certification in this course, students must have successfully completed Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT Upgrade, or Recertification course taught by Wilderness Medical Associates within three years of the end date of the last course taken. WEMT's must have a current EMT license, this course will only recertify the wilderness portion of a WEMT.

You must have a current CPR certification at the level of American Heart Association 'Provider' CPR or American Red Cross 'Professional Rescuer' CPR. If you do not have the correct CPR certification, you may participate in the course, but your WFR certification will not be activated until you have submitted proof of proper CPR certification to the Wildmed office.

Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate in the Two-day Recertification course. Those under age eighteen will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.


This course is presented in 16 hours over two days. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, with afternoons devoted to outdoor practical skills and scenarios. Evenings are reserved for study and assignments. Expect rescue scenarios with made-up victims and simulated wounds to prepare you for backcountry emergencies. Sessions may be videotaped for enhanced learning.

Day 1: 8 hours - Introduction/Registration; General Concepts; Patient Assessment System; Wilderness Protocols; Circulatory System; Respiratory System; Nervous System; Spine Assessment/Backboarding; BLS; PAS Drills

Day 2: 8 hours - Homework Review (Protocols); Musculoskeletal System; Splinting; Wound Management; Anaphylaxis/Biohazards; Environmental; PAS Drills; Exam