We accept Nationally recognized certifications from the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, and the Emergency Safety & Care Institute. If you hold a certification from a Nationally recognized organization, please email us for acceptance. No full online courses are accepted, there must be an in-person skills assessment.
We only accept Nationally recognized organizations who follow the same standardized curriculum set forth by the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative (WMEC).
When enrolling in a wilderness medicine course, be sure to ask for the credential/certification for the instructor who is instructing the course. Just because the course is run through an organization, does not mean the instructor's certifications are current and valid. You can also validate your instructor's EMT or EMT-P credential yourself by going to their state issuing website or the National NR-EMT website. Some organizations are authorized providers for the below listed organizations, so please check the status of their provider level.
Approved Wilderness Medicine Providers:
If an organization is not listed above, please contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org BEFORE enrolling in one of their courses so we can verify. As per WMEC guidelines: Wilderness First Aid courses must be 100% in-person. Wilderness First Responder courses must be a minimum of 45 hours in-person. Details on requirements can be found on the WMEC website.
Wilderness survival and navigation are very popular at this current time. There are a lot of organziations and providers offering training of varying levels for these disciplines. We have listed a few below, but use your best judgement when choosing an in-person provider. You can also acquire these skills on your own. A survival course, or your personal training, should focus on all four elements of survival in the event you are stuck out in the wilderness with your clients overnight without your gear/equipment. A navigation course should covers all of the essentials topics for using a map and compass in a wilderness, or any, environment. Map and compass skills are a neccessity for anyone venturing into the wilderness.
The four elements of survival are:
A quality mountain day is defined as the conditions experienced both overhead and underfoot, the exploration of new areas, the terrain covered and the physical and mental challenge. To log a quality mountain day, you must notate the weather conditions/patterns, size of group, terrain type, location, date, guided or un-guided and by whom.
What we require for a "quality mountain day" is one of the following:
Frontcountry is defined as being less than 4 miles into the wilderness on non-technical terrain. A local park with short hiking trails would be a good example of a frontcountry environment.
Backcountry is definied as being 4 or more miles into the wilderness on any type of terrain.
A quality winter mountain day meets the above requirements, but additionally is in a winter environment. This could be on permanent or non-permanent snow-covered terrain.