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.
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.
WMA COVID-19 update as of 3/17/2020
Based on our best understanding of the spread of COVID-19 worldwide and its evolving impact on all walks of life, Wilderness Medical Associates US (WMA) began postponing all courses scheduled through the WMA office slated to begin between 2020-03-13 and 2020-04-30. We will continue to monitor the situation and periodically update these dates and courses as we see conditions change. It has been a difficult step but one we feel is justified by current conditions. As we are in new territory, we ask for your patience as we work to support our learners, graduates, sponsors, and instructors.
If you have questions about your canceled course, please contact the course sponsor first. If you need further guidance feel free to contact the WMA office.
WMA approved and certified courses are also scheduled and run by independent training companies owned by WMA instructors and licensed to use WMA curriculum. On a case-by-case basis and at their discretion some of these companies may still be running selected courses. If you are signed up for one of these courses and have not received an update, we strongly encourage you to contact the company or sponsor directly for the most current course status.
WMA is a strong company with incredibly intelligent and passionate instructors. We work with amazing sponsors who share our belief in the benefits of educating learners in practical medicine for remote and low-resource conditions. We will continue to work daily to assess the conditions as they evolve, striving to support our learners and sponsors through this challenging time in any way that we can.
We believe that through mutual support this resilient community will emerge even stronger.
Thank you all for your support and trust,
David E. Johnson MD, FACEP
President and Medical Director