Recertification is Simple

Staying current protects you, and the people around you.

Recertification is important to you and important to the people with you. Just like we teach in our programs, being organized and prepared is the easiest way to ensure you get recertified. Here’s what you need to know:

Recertification Options

All WMAI certifications, including Anaphylaxis* and CPR* certifications, expire three years from the last day of the month of certification (e.g., certified: 2017-03-10; expire: 2020-03-31). There is no grace period.

All successful graduates will be notified 6 and 3 months before their pending expiration via email to the address we were given at course registration. If you change your email address, please contact the office so that we can update our records.

*Some jurisdictions limit these certifications to 1 or 2 years before requiring a recertification.

All recertifications include some pre-course work. We suggest registering at least 2 weeks before the course to allow sufficient time to finish the pre-course work. After registering, the course host will send registrants information about creating an account and enrolling into their online course. This online course will house pre-course release forms and applicable pre-course work.

Successful candidates receive a WMA certification. We do not issue letters of successful completion.

WFR: A Wilderness First Responder Certification can be recertified by participating in a WAFA course, a Bridge course, or an Open Recertification course. Recertification is open to WMA and non-WMA graduates to earn a WMA WFR certification via recertification. WFR recertification candidates must have passed an eligible course. To be eligible, the course should have been a wilderness-based first aid training course that was at least 64 hours long and completed within 3 years of the proposed recertification option. Most but not all WFRs are eligible.

WEMS: Only WMA graduates can recertify their WMA WEMS certification in any of these options. To be eligible, a candidate must hold a current WMA WEMS certification. A separate WEMS exam will be administered. It is important for these candidates to notify the sponsor of their intention at the time of registration.

Open Recertification

The Open Recertification has been specifically designed for recertifications. Successful candidates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications as well as the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS, for those eligible.

Bridge (WAFA to WFR)

Upon completion, the successful candidate will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications as well as the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS, for those eligible.

Wilderness Advanced First Aid

Upon successful completion of a WAFA, graduates will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Anaphylaxis and the appropriate certification – WFR or WEMS for those eligible. This course includes single person, adult only CPR. It will be the candidate’s responsibility to pass a BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR elsewhere before their WFR certification is considered valid by WMA. A WAFA level certification can be rectified by repeating a WAFA course or completing the 2-Day WAFA Recert course.