How to Get Recertified

We strongly encourage you to maintain a current certification, as frequent refresher courses will help ensure you are prepared to respond in the event of an emergency. Studies have shown that individuals tend to start losing information from first aid training after about two years if not using the skills consistently in that time period.



Wilderness (& Advanced) First Aid

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification, you must take the course again in its entirety. There are no "refresher" courses available due to the constantly changing nature of these introductory wilderness medicine courses.



Wilderness First Responder

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Responder certification, students may take any CWS Wilderness First Aid course. Our Wilderness First Aid courses include many practical scenarios as well as case-studies which aid in reinforcing evacuation decision-making, patient assessment and treatment intervention skills. These courses also provide participants with the latest updates in wilderness medicine. You will be required to pass a written and practical exam.

In order to recertify your WFR by taking Wilderness First Aid, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Hold CURRENT Adult + Child CPR/AED certification.
  • Hold CURRENT certification as a Wilderness First Responder through CWS, SOLO, WMI, or WMA.

Participants must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification from one of the following nationally-recognized organizations in order to recertify through a WFR Recertification course: CWS, NOLS, Wilderness Medicine, WMA or SOLO. Expired WFR certifications may be afforded a one-year grace period within which to recertify so long as the participant holds current professional-level CPR certification and/or if the WFR certification was earned through CWS.

Students certified by any organization other than CWS are REQUIRED to submit a photocopy of their certification card on the first day of the course. Please note: We cannot issue you a new card until we have verified your previous training. We ask that CWS certified WFR students present their card in person in class.

WFR Recertification Preparation

We strongly recommend that you prepare for your Wilderness First Responder Recertification course by studying prior to your course. Participants who are the most successful tend to be those that have reviewed their textbook and studied their notes from their previous course. In addition to this tip, we have resources on our website that we highly recommend you review prior to your course.



Wilderness EMT

In order to recertify your Wilderness EMT certification, you MUST be currently certified as a State Registered or National Registry EMT-Basic AND be currently certified in healthcare provider level CPR/AED through either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

Once you have met these two criteria, you can either take a Wilderness First Responder course (typically 7-9 days) or a Wilderness EMT Upgrade course (5-days) in order to recertify as a Wilderness EMT.

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