The MED Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Course makes use of lecture and practical-based learning both in and outside of the classroom. The concepts and skills taught in this course will help the student prepare for a broad range of medical-related situations associated with work and recreational activities in a wilderness context. This course is minimally 72 hours in length and represents a standard of professional medical training accepted internationally throughout the outdoor recreation industry.

Upon fulfillment of all course requirements, the student is presented with a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification valid for two years. This includes a two year certification for Adult and Child Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) use.




Our wilderness medicine course series meet curriculum standards and contact hours accepted among fellow industry providers for recognition and in some cases (course specific) reciprocity for recertification. Similarly, we recognize training and certification provided by these providers.

We encourage students to relate the below information when considering a course with us or another provider.

Our Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course involves a minimum of 72 hours of contact time. A written exam and minimum of 2 practical exams (1 medical & 1 trauma) are associated. Upon successful completion of the course components, including the exams, a student is granted a 2 year certification. A 1 year grace period does exist beyond the regular 2 year certification period. A student is not considered, "Current," or, "Certified," during this 1 year grace period.

To recertify a student has two options.

  1. If a student's Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification has been issued by Mountain Education & Development LLC (MED) and is within the 2 year certification period or 1 year grace period, they may either participate in a MED 16 hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course or a MED 24 hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFRR) course. Upon successful completion of either courses components, the student becomes recertified for an additional 2 years from the recertification course end date. 
  2. If a student's Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification has been issued by another provider and it involved a minimum of 70 hours of contact time, they are allowed to participate in a MED 24 hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFRR) course and upon successful completion, become recertified for a 2 year period from the recertification course end date. This opportunity to recertify with MED must be completed prior to the end of a 1 year grace period beyond the regular certification period.

*If a student goes beyond their 1 year grace period, they are required to re-take the entire 72 hour Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course.