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. Due to COVID-19, we also recommend that you check with your certifying agency about any possible expiration extensions prior to registering. For information related to specific NOLS certification recertification please visit their website.

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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:

  • $285 - Current Appalachian State University students
  • $375 - Other


Saturday, October 9th - Monday, October 11th, 2021

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

1431 Broadstone Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604

Lodging: The WFR Recertification is happening at our beautiful Broadstone facility located in Valle Crucis, NC. A part of the Appalachian State University campus, Broadstone provides an ideal location to conduct a wilderness medicine course. The majority of the course takes place in the main lodge which has plenty of room for classroom discussions, as well as a kitchen and dining room. We have many outdoor locations nearby which we will also be utilizing where we can conduct outdoor scenarios for the course. We have cabin accommodations available for the duration of the course. Cabin fees are $20 per night per person or we are offering a package of $50 per person and include the following dates:  Friday Oct. 8, Saturday Oct. 9, and Sunday Oct. 10. Payment is check only, made payable to UREC - Appalachian State University. 

Certifications Received (valid for two years):

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Wilderness First Responder
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Adult & 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).

Course Paperwork:

Please mail all course paperwork to Student Recreation Center C/O Valerie Kankiewicz, ASU Box 32081, Boone, NC 28608 by September 27th, 2021.

Download: Wilderness Medicine Course Application

Download: NOLS Release

Download: Landmark Agreement

Download: Landmark Learning Student Expanded Agreement

Download: NOLS Rescue Gear

Download: General UREC Participant Waiver All Programs

Download: Grounds and Lodging Orientation Signature sheet

Download: Broadstone Agreement

For more information, contact Dusty Roberts at robertsdf@appstate.edu or (828) 262-4077.