How to Get Recertified

Get Certified

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.


CERTIFICATES:   First Aid/CPR/AED  •  WFA + WFA Afloat  •  WAFA  •  WFR  •  WEMT

Wilderness First Aid Certified

FIRST AID + CPR/AED

Most CPR/AED and First Aid certifications are valid for two years. In order to recertify any First Aid/CPR/AED certification, you must take the course again in its entirety; however, it can be either in-person –OR– our new Hybrid course. There are no "refresher" courses available at this time due to the constantly changing nature of this course.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID — (WFA)

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Aid certification, you must take the course again in its entirety; however, it can be either in-person –OR– our new Hybrid course. There are no "refresher" courses available due to the constantly changing nature of this introductory wilderness medicine course.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID AFLOAT — (WFAA)

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Aid Afloat certification, you must take the course again in its entirety; however, it can be either in-person –OR– our new Hybrid course. There are no "refresher" courses available at this time due to the constantly changing nature of this introductory wilderness medicine course.

WILDERNESS ADVANCED FIRST AID — (WAFA)

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Aid certification, you must take either the entire course again, or may take a Wilderness First Aid course for recertification. If taking a Wilderness First Aid course for recertification, it can be either in-person –OR– our new Hybrid course. There are no "refresher" courses available due to the constantly changing nature of this intermediate wilderness level medicine course.

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER — (WFR)

In order to recertify your Wilderness First Responder certification, students may take any CWS Wilderness First Aid course; whether in-person or hybrid/online format. 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 a CURRENT Adult + Child CPR/AED certification through the American Heart Association, American Red Cross, ECSI, or ASHI.
  • Hold a CURRENT Wilderness First Responder certification through CWS, SOLO, NOLS Wilderness Medicine (formerly Wilderness Medicine Institute, or Wilderness Medical Associates.

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 (formerly Wilderness Medicine Institute), Wilderness Medical Associates or SOLO. Expired WFR certifications may be afforded a one-year grace period within which to recertify ONLY so long as the participant holds current professional-level CPR certification and the WFR certification was earned through Center for Wilderness Safety.

NOTICE: CWS does NOT accept, nor recognize any "grace periods" set forth by any certifying organization or body, except that of Center for Wilderness Safety.

Students certified by any organization other than CWS are required to submit a photocopy of their current certification cards prior to the first day of their recertification course. Please note: We cannot issue you a new card until we have verified your previous training.

 

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 — (WEMT)

In order to recertify your Wilderness EMT certification, students MUST be currently certified as a State Registered or National Registry EMT, and hold current certification in healthcare provider level CPR/AED through either the American Heart Association or American Red Cross. If these two criteria are met, in order for WEMT recertification, students may take any CWS Wilderness First Responder course; whether in-person or hybrid/online format. Students will be required to pass a written and practical exam.