Wilderness First Responder Open Recertification

The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of ALL wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates International’s  Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMAI WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course. Wilderness Medical Associates International WFR recertification is available via an Open Recertification Course, participation in the last three days of a 5-day WFR course, or by completing the full WEMS Upgrade course. Successful completion results in full Wilderness Medical Associates International® WFR certification.

Class Format

This course is presented over two or three days. The two day option requires approximately 8 hours of pre-course work. Typically, mornings are devoted to lectures, discussions and quizzes, while 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.


All teaching materials are provided by Wilderness Medical Associates International at no additional cost. This includes a book of lecture handouts, SOAP Notes, our textbook, Wilderness and Rescue Medicine, and The Wilderness Medical Associates International Field Guide.

Completion and Grades

Successful completion with certification is based on 100% attendance, satisfactory performance on homework assignments and written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a grade of 80% or better on final written exam. Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


All eligible students who complete this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates International’s Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certification. These certifications remain valid for three years. This certification can be used to challenge the DOT First Responder Exam, which is at the discretion of the local or state EMS authorities.


The three-day Open Recertification course may be used as a WFR recertification option for those with a current WMAI or other qualifying WFR. Only WMAI graduates are eligible to use this course as a WEMT recertification. For the WEMT recertification to be valid, WEMTs must have either a current license or certificate as an EMT-B or higher. Contact the Wilderness Medical Associates International office for more details. Within three years, graduates of this course may recertify by taking the 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid Course, the 36-hour WAFA-to-WFR Bridge Course, or repeating this 24-hour Open Recertification Course.


Camping is available for an additional charge for the Moab, Utah, April 9-11, 2021 course.

Several rescuers helping a victim in the woods

Program Overview

Course Description
A fast paced 16 or 24 hour refresher for current WFR’s. For those new to WMA you will become familiar with our critical system based approach. For WMA alumni we will highlight recent changes to the curriculum and talk about some new tools and practices. Traditional 3 day open recertification or new hybrid format with pre-course work and 2 days in person.


Moab, UT: April 15-16, 2023

Durango, CO: May 20-21, 2023

2 or 3 days

Moab, UT, – Durango, CO


Client to Guide Ratio
Up to 12 students per instructor

Beginner to advanced


Price Includes

  • Paramedic (NREMT-P) or Physicians Assistant (PA-C) as the lead instructor
  • EMT or greater for assistant instructors
  • All instructors are Practicing Medical Professionals, i.e., they have actual patient contact on a regular basis and are not just instructors.

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to the course site from your location
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medecine Handbook
  • Items of personal nature
  • Individual travel costs, delays, etc.
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal clothing or gear
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
  • Hotels before, during, and after trip
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance


  • Students should bring appropriate clothing for the location and time of year. Rain or shine, much of our time is spent outside. Also needed are pens and a notebook.


  • To be eligible for a WFR recertification through this course, candidates must have completed a wilderness medical training course of at least 64 hours. Cumulative training hours from different courses are not eligible. Training must have been completed within three years of participation in our three-day Open Recertification course. Any exceptions to these conditions must be verified prior to the course by contacting the Wilderness Medical Associates International’s office. Proof of current certification is required at the start of the course.
  • Students without proof of certification or approval from the WMAI™ office will not be eligible for WFR certification. Only WMAI™ trained WEMTs are eligible for WEMT recertification through this course.
  • Upon receipt of a course roster from the sponsor, pre-course Study Guides will be mailed to students two to four weeks prior to the first day of their course.Students should complete the Study Guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize students with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course but it will not be figured into the final grade.
  • Students must be at least sixteen years old to participate in the three-day Open Recertification course. Those under age eighteen will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

Course Outline

  • Day 1: 8 hours – Introduction/Registration
    Review Study Packet, Patient Assessment System, Basic Life Support (including Healthcare Provider-level CPR), Circulatory System, Respiratory System, Nervous System, Lifts, Moves and Extrications, PAS Drills
  • Day 2: 8 hours
    Musculoskeletal, Dislocations, Spine Management, Wounds and Burns, PAS Drills, Splints I – Extremities, Splints II – Spines, Simulation
  • Day 3: 8 hours
    Allergies and Anaphylaxis, Environmental Injuries, PAS Drills, Simulation, Final Testing, Conclusion

Registration & Cancelation

  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • To reserve your spot on a wilderness medical course a 50% deposit is required if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.  100% of all program fees are due 60 days prior to start date.
  • Program fees are non-transferable.
    If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your full deposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.