The WFR Recertification course is designed to recertify and refresh current Wilderness First Responders. To meet a variety of student needs, WMA offers two different course models for the WFR Recertification course.

3-day WFR Recertification

This course is offered in person over three days for a total of 24-30 hours of class time. Students are expected to review their previous course literature and come prepared to perform.

Hybrid WFR Recertification

This course is divided into two components: A self-paced, e-learning module (12+ hours), followed by two days (16+ hours) of in-person instruction. Some students may need more time to complete activities based on pre-assessment scores to ensure that they are prepared for the in-person session. Students must register at least 2 weeks before the course date to ensure that there is enough time to complete the e-learning course work prior to the in-person session. Please review the minimum technology requirements for the Hybrid WFR course before registering.

Course Content

  • General Principles of Wilderness & Rescue Medicine
  • Patient Assessment System
  • Basic Life Support (Healthcare Provider-level CPR)
  • Circulatory System
  • Nervous System
  • Respiratory System
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Spine Management
  • Thermoregulation
  • Drowning
  • Lightning Injuries
  • Altitude Illness
  • Wounds and Burns
  • Allergies & Anaphylaxis
  • Environmental Toxins
  • Lifting, Moving & Extrication
  • Backcountry Medicine
  • Medical & Legal Issues


As part of Wilderness Medical Associates International's commitment to your medical rescue training, our instructors and management will consult your group's needs and teach according to your group's backgrounds, environments, and experience. Simulations and hands-on activities will be realistic and relevant. Relevant adult education is incorporated directly into our curriculum to maximize learning of medical theory into practical skills.

Certifications & Recertifications

Upon successful completion students will receive certification in:

  • Wilderness First Responder
  • Healthcare Provider-Level CPR or equivalent

These certifications remain valid for three years. Note: WMA WEMS graduates with a current EMS license may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMS certification with this course.

Within three years, graduates of this course may recertify by taking the Bridge (WAFA to WFR) or by repeating this course.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be available at no additional cost. Students will receive the following materials on this course:

  • The Field Guide of Wilderness Medicine & Rescue
  • SOAP Notebook
  • Wilderness and Rescue Medicine Handbook
  • Wilderness First Responder Class Notes
  • Wilderness Medicine Workbook


Successful completion with certification is based on: Attendance, homework assignments, written quizzes, demonstrated proficiency with practical skills and a succesful grade on a final written exam.
Wilderness Medical Associates International is committed to making reasonable accommodation to any student with special needs.


WMA International invites WFR graduates from other wilderness medical schools to recertify with us. Eligible graduates from other wilderness medical schools must have a current WFR certification (unexpired or within your grace period) earned in one of the following course types:

  1. A WFR course with a minimum of 72 hours of in-person instruction
  2. A 72-hour Hybrid course with a minimum of 45 hours of in-person instruction
  3. A WFR Recertification course with a minimum of 16 hours of in-person instruction


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WMA International currently accepts one-year on-line extensions of WFR courses that meet the above requirements. We do not accept online extensions that are greater than one year. We do not allow students with a certification from an exclusively online WFR (or WFR recertification) course to attend a WMA recertification course.


Only WMA International-trained WEMS cardholders are eligible for WEMS recertification.
Note: If you are a WMA WEMS graduate using this course to recertify your WMA WEMS certification, it is your responsibility to let the sponsor know when registering, and to inform the instructor on the first day of class.

Technology requirements for Hybrid Courses:

  • High Speed Internet Acces
  • A computer with:
    • a PDF-reader
    • Anti-Virus Software
    • an Internet Browser (latest version of Chrome, Firefox, or Edge).
      Note: the system is NOT compatible with Safari.