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Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification

Are your wilderness medicine protocols on the tip of your tongue or in the bottom of your pack? This three day scenario-based course is designed as a review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with current updates in the wilderness medicine field. WFR Recertification courses include Adult CPR for those who also need this requirement. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. Upon successful course completion you will earn a NOLS Wilderness Medicine WFR or WEMT certification. Please check the list of wilderness medicine schools that NOLS Wilderness Medicine recognizes as eligible for recertification.

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Course Length: 3 Days, 24 Hours

Recommended for: Students who wish to re-certify a current, or in grace year WFR.

Prerequisites: WFR or WEMT certification from NOLS Wilderness Medicine (must be current or within grace year), SOLO or WMA (must be current) to recertify through this course.

Course Cost:

  • $250 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $375 - Other

Deposit Amounts: Deposit can be made to reserve your spot on this course

  • $150 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $260 - Other


April 9 - Sunday, April 11, 2021 (Registrations will open in October)

  • 8:00am - 5:00pm, Friday - Sunday

Location: Broadstone at Appalachian State University

1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lodging: Lodging is optional. Shared cabin space with bunkbeds is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any overnight stay is $20/night and grants access to the kitchen appliances and indoor showers/bathrooms.

Certifications Received (valid for two years):

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Responder
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Adulst & Child CPR

Continuing Education: This course is pre-approved for 18 hours of EMT Continuing Education HOurs by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).

Download: 2019 2020 Course Application

Download: NOLS Release

Download: Landmark Agreement

Download: Broadstone Agreement

Download: Grounds and Lodging Orientation Signature sheet

Download: NOLS Rescue Gear

Download: Before You Arrive to Broadstone

For more information, contact Valerie Kankiewicz at or (828) 262-4954.