Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR)
Is it time to recertify your WFR? You can recertify your WFR with SOLO Wilderness Schools within 3 years of taking your WFR. Many organizations give a 2 year certification with a 1 year grace period. If you did not receive your WFR through SOLO we honor many of the leading organizations in Wilderness Medicine. We offer a 2 day WFR Recert course during our WFA course. WFR students will be expected to perform WFR skills and will receive higher level hands on practice. There will be a seperate exam to test your basic knowledge at the WFR level.
WFR Recertification: $200
Who is WFR recertification for?
This course is provided for the recertification of a Wilderness First Responder certification.
Can I recertify my WFR with a WFA?
Yes. You will receive a SOLO WFA certification, which can be used to recertify your WFR if your original certification was through SOLO or one of the other organizations we have reciprocity with, click here for a list. If you do not see your organization on the list please email rachel Rachel through our contact page.
What is taught?
This 16-hour recertification course meets the requirements for a Wilderness First Responder Certification. Like all of our Wilderness Medicine programs, the emphasis of the WFR certification is on prevention and decision-making. This WFR recertification course reinforces and tests your previously learned skills in an applicational context and a written exam. The curriculum highlights legal concerns, blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases, patient assessment system, trauma, other medical emergencies, and field practice in backcountry leadership and rescue skills. This intensive 16-hour curriculum takes place over two days in conjunction with our WFA course.
How do I recertify?
You may take either a 2-day WFR Refresher Course or a 2-day WFA course for re-certification. To be eligible, students must have a certification in that course, or an equivalent course from an organization recognized by ASHI that has not yet expired.
In a review course, students must read and review the book and turn in a compleed set of WFR quizzes (open book) before class. Students must average at least 80% correct to take the review. The review course will be devoted to skills review, practice, and check-offs. To pass the review class, students need to complete every skills checkoff successfully, and for the professional level certifictions (WFR and WEMT) they must also pass a closed-book written exam.
What about room and board?
This is also up to the sponsoring organization.
Is there an exam?
Yes, there is ongoing evaluation of practical skills, and there are written assessments throughout the course.
Do I get certified?
Students who successfully complete the course receive a Wilderness First Responder card and if appropriate, an American Heart Association Adult Heart saver CPR card (or equivalent).
Does the WFA count as continuing education?
The WFA may give continuing ed credits (depending on the specific requirements for your certification) and is approved for recertifying Wilderness First Responder program.