Policies + Guidelines

To help you better understand your responsibilities, here are important policies related to program participation.

 Policies 

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENTS

   •  Wilderness EMT Upgrade:  16 years of age
   •  Wilderness First Responder:  16 years of age
   •  Wilderness Advanced First Aid:  16 years of age
   •  Wilderness First Aid:  14 years of age
   •  Bear Spray Certification:  18 years of age
   •  American Red Cross CPR & First Aid Courses:  11 years of age

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TUITION, CANCELLATIONS & TRANSFERS

Tuition payment in full is required to reserve your seat in the course. Tuition is non-transferable. Tuition is payable by credit card via the CWS website or over the phone. The tuition fee covers all textbooks, syllabus, equipment and certification cards, patch, etc. CWS is not obligated to allow any participant to attend a course until all prerequisites and necessary paperwork has been received, reviewed and approved by CWS. A full refund will be given if CWS is forced to cancel the course for any reason.

If a participant cancels or withdraws from a course:

  • Greater than or equal to 30 days prior to the course starting date, CWS will retain a $35.00 administrative fee.
  • Within 30 days of the course start date and once the course has begun, tuition is non-refundable as per the following:
    • WFA, WAFA, First Aid, Standard First Aid, CPR/AED: loss of full tuition.
    • WFR, WEMT: loss of $300 course deposit.

 
If wishing to transfer enrollment to a different course date/location, a $35 transfer fee will be assessed for each participant and course transferred. Requests made prior or equal to 30 days out from the original course start date will be honored, however requests within 30 days of a course start date are not be permitted. The course transfer fee is unable to be waived, and is automatically charged by our enrollment system. A cancellation fee of $35 is assessed for all cancellations made prior to 30 days from the course start date.

Participants who do not show up to class, and do not communicate their absence prior to class (regardless of reason, unless medical emergency and unable to do so) will NOT receive a refund. If for any reason Center for Wilderness Safety must cancel a course, all deposits & course payments will be refunded in full* or may be transferred to a future course date. If however, regardless of the status of the course, a participant does not complete the necessary prerequisites for the class they registered for, they will not be permitted to participate in the class and will forfeit any and all tuition amounts paid, receiving no refund or opportunity for transfer into a future course.

Center for Wilderness Safety reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason that it deems necessary (low enrollment, act of God, severe inclement weather which effects the safety of participants, etc.). If a course does not meet the minimum required enrollment, that course will be cancelled and students will be given alternative enrollment options.

*Returned textbooks will not be accepted or refunded.

NOTICE:
CWS will NOT issue refunds for accidental or multiple registrations of the same course under any circumstances.

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ATTENDANCE

All participants are required to attend all class sessions and field exercises. Limited absences for family or medical concerns can be accommodated with written documentation. Review of missed curriculum or examinations is the student’s responsibility. Contact the office for more information or speak with the instructors on site. Simply not showing up without communicating to the office or instructor before the course has started will result in being marked as a no-show. Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills, and a successful grade on a final written exam.

 

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COURSE CONDUCT

Course participants are responsible for their own well-being. This includes good health and strong physical condition, and may be required to obtain a physician's release prior to departure. Participants are expected to act in a considerate manner toward all group members and with respect. Participants are prohibited from using illegal drugs and alcohol while on CWS courses.

Center for Wilderness Safety expects that all participants come prepared to put forth their best effort. Every CWS course requires participants to follow instructions, try new activities and work as part of a team. Our courses are sometimes physically, mentally and emotionally challenging and require a strong commitment from the participant. A participant will be removed from a course by a staff member it they exhibit behavior deemed inappropriate to our school’s mission and policy. The use of illegal drugs and alcohol is against Center for Wilderness Safety policy and will result in expulsion without refund.

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CWS Promotion

Occasionally, Center for Wilderness Safety uses students' names, photos, and other images in promotional material, videos, and press releases. Participants give their consent for CWS to use their photograph, likeness and/or voice to be used in its publications, including websites.

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Replacement Certification Cards

There is a $5/card fee for replacement wilderness medicine or Red Cross certification cards. Alternatively, we can email you a verification letter at no charge. Please contact the CWS Office with your request.