Getting Recertified

CWS CPR/AED Certification Card

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.

CPR / AED / First Aid

Due to the constantly changing nature of community health + safety CPR/AED and standard first aid courses, in order to recertify any CWS issued Adult + Pediatric CPR/AED, Infant + Child CPR/AED or Standard First Aid certification, you must take another CPR/AED or first aid course. Unfortunately, there are no refresher or challenge courses available at this time. All community health + safety certificates issued by CWS are valid for two years.

Wilderness First Aid

Currently, your Wilderness First Aid certification can only be renewed by taking another Wilderness First Aid course. Because wilderness medicine is constantly changing as science and medical research make greater and greater strides, there is no “refresher” course for Wilderness First Aid. Center for Wilderness Safety’s Wilderness First Aid course curriculum changes every several years, as new and improved techniques and science move forward to offer better ways of providing patient care.

 

NEW: You can now also take a Hybrid Wilderness First Aid course in order to recertify as well!

Wilderness First Aid Afloat
Currently, your Wilderness First Aid Afloat certification can only be renewed by taking another Wilderness First Aid Afloat course. Because wilderness medicine is constantly changing as science and medical research make greater and greater strides, there is no “refresher” course for Wilderness First Aid. Center for Wilderness Safety’s Wilderness First Aid Afloat course curriculum changes every several years, as new and improved techniques and science move forward to offer better ways of providing patient care.
Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Recertification is offered to anyone who holds a current Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification from one of the following organizations: Center for Wilderness Safety (CWS), NOLS Wilderness Medicine (formerly WMI), Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) or Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). CWS does not recognize any other organization’s “grace periods” for recertification.

 

Recertifying a valid Wilderness Advanced First Aid certification can be done by successfully completing either a Wilderness Advanced First Aid -or- Wilderness First Aid course, taught by Center for Wilderness Safety.

Wilderness First Responder

Your Wilderness First Responder certification may be renewed by successfully completing any Wilderness First Responder Refresher course, or any Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness Advanced First Aid, or by taking another Wilderness First Responder course taught by Center for Wilderness Safety.

Criteria to Recertify:
  • Current WFR certification (not expired)
  • Current Adult CPR/AED certification (not expired; must be by an accredited certifying body)
  • Candidates must successfully pass all practical scenarios and skills tests
  • Candidates must successfully pass the written WFR exam (even if taking a WFA to recertify)

Recertification is offered to anyone who holds a current WFR certification from one of the following organizations: Center for Wilderness Safety (CWS), NOLS Wilderness Medicine (formerly WMI), Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) or Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). CWS does not recognize any other organization’s “grace periods” for recertification.

 

NEW: You can now also take a Hybrid Wilderness First Aid course in order to recertify as well!

Wilderness EMT

Your Wilderness EMT certification may be renewed by successfully completing any Wilderness First Responder (or WFR Refresher) course, or a Wilderness EMT Upgrade course taught by Center for Wilderness Safety.


Criteria to Recertify:

  • Current state issued or National Registry EMT certification (not expired)
  • Current Healthcare Provider (BLS) CPR/AED certification (not expired; must be AHA or Red Cross)
  • Candidates must successfully pass all practical scenarios and skills tests
  • Candidates must successfully pass the written exam

Recertification is offered to anyone who holds a current WEMT certification from one of the following organizations: Center for Wilderness Safety (CWS), NOLS Wilderness Medicine (formerly WMI), Wilderness Medical Associates (WMA) or Stonehearth Open Learning Opportunities (SOLO). CWS does not recognize any other organization’s “grace periods” for recertification.