The following FAQ’s are from the Wilderness Medical Associates International website:
How long does my certification last; how do I recertify?
WMAI certifications are valid for three years. WMAI WEMT, WFR and WAFA graduates may recertify by taking any of the following WMAI courses: a 24-hour Open Recertification course, a 36-hour Wilderness Advanced First Aid course, or a 36-hour Bridge course. Once a certification has expired, students must take the full course over again. We recommend a full course at least once every six years. The Bridge course will advance a WMAI WAFA graduate to a WFR. The 24-hour Open Recertification course is open to graduates of other wilderness based first aid programs that are at least 64 hours in length (see below).
Can a certification be extended? Is there a grace period?
Certifications are never extended beyond their expiration date. There is no grace period. Certifications are valid for three years, and must be recertified before they expire. Graduates are expected to track their expiration dates and recertify in a timely manner. We will e-mail out a reminder to graduates about 4 months prior to their expiration date. If you want to assure that you receive one, please inform us of your current e-mail address.
Can non-WMAI students get recertified through WMAI?
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. Any exceptions to these conditions must be verified prior to the course by contacting the Wilderness Medical Associates office (207.730.7331 . firstname.lastname@example.org). Proof of current certification is required at the start of the course. Students without proof of certification or approval from WMA International will not be eligible for WFR certification. Only WMA International trained WEMTs are eligible for WEMT recertification through this course.
Upon sponsor registration, sponsor will send learners the course ID number and password to access their online pre-course materials two to four weeks prior to the first day of their course. Learners should complete the study guide in preparation for the course. It was designed to familiarize learners with the essential points in the curriculum. Instructors will collect it at the beginning of the course but it will not be figured into the final grade.
Learners must be at least sixteen years old to participate in the three-day Open Recertification course. Those under age eighteen will require the written consent of a parent or guardian.
Adventure Risk Management currently offers the following Recertification options from Wilderness Medical Associates:
The Open Recertification course is open to graduates of all wilderness medical training courses of 64 hours or longer with a current Wilderness First Responder certification. Successful graduates of this course will receive Wilderness Medical Associates’ Wilderness First Responder, Anaphylaxis, and BLS/Healthcare Provider-level CPR certifications. WMA WEMT graduates with a current EMT-B or Paramedic certificate may also recertify the wilderness portion of their WEMT with this course.
Upcoming Open Recertification course dates
Bridge (WAFA to WFR)
The WAFA to WFR Bridge course upgrades the Wilderness Advanced First Aid to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) in 4 days. This course must be taken within 3 years of receiving the WMA International WAFA certification or an equivalent from another provider. The WFR is the definitive medical training course for all outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. This course may be used as a recertification for those holding a current WFR certification or equivalent from another provider whose original WFR training was at least 64 hours in length. Current WMA International Wilderness EMTs may also use this course to recertify the wilderness portion of their certification.
Upcoming Bridge course dates