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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. 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.

Click here for additional course registration information.

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: (Due by 9/30/22)

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

Dates of course:

Saturday, October 15th - Monday, October 17th, 2022

  • 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

1431 Broadstone Rd, Banner Elk, NC 28604

How to Register: Please view our website. From here, you will need to log into your account. If you do not have an account, click “sign up” in the top right corner and follow the instructions to create an account. Click on the button that says "Certifications." (Make sure to input your birthday when making an account because our Wilderness Medicine Courses have an age restriction set on them.) Select "Fall 2022" from the filters on the left side of the screen. You will find “Wilderness First Responder Recertification” listed there. If you need lodging accommodations, revisit the "Certifications" button and find our "Wilderness Medicine Housing" listing. (More information on that below.) Select the dates that you need from there! Follow the directions for processing the payment online via the link that you'll be sent. Once you pay for your course and if needed, lodging, make sure to visit the bottom of this website to view all the paperwork requirements! Note: If the course is full, you will be able to sign up on the waitlist following the exact same steps outlined above. The only difference is that instead of the end button saying "Register," it will ask you to "Join Waitlist."

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Payment in full is required to reserve your spot in a course. Payments are non-transferable. If you withdraw from the course 30 days prior to the course state date, you may receive a partial refund. In the case of withdrawing 30 days prior to the course start, UREC will keep $215 for Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and $100 Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR-R) and refund your remaining balance. If a course is canceled due to low enrollment, all funds paid are 100% refundable or transferable to another Wilderness Medicine Course hosted by UREC. Transfers must be made during the same academic year or the funds will be forfeited. Within 30 days of the course state, if a participant cancels or does not show up to the first day of the course, 50% of the balance amount will be refunded to the participant, only if their spot in the course was filled. If a participant withdraws after the course has started, no refunds will be given.

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 for all three nights of the course.

NOLS COVID-19 Vaccine Policy: All students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 on all U.S. based NOLS Wilderness Medicine courses. Any COVID-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) is an acceptable vaccine for the purposes of this policy. Along with your WFR course documentation, there are 3 documents listed at the bottom of this page that relate to the Covid-19 vaccine policy. Please review all paperwork relating to the Covid-19 vaccine policy. For your reference, the following bullet points are the documents to review:

  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
  • NOLS Wilderness Medicine COVID-19 Disclosure, Practices, and Expectations for Students
  • Exemption Forms

Updated Covid-19 Policies (Effective starting May 6th, 2022): NOLS has updated their COVID policies. Listed below are the updated policies:

  • Vaccine requirement remains unchanged. Full COVID vaccination completed 2 weeks prior to course start date is required for entry into the course.
  • Students with vaccine exemptions must show proof of a negative COVID test on Day 1 of all courses, and also on Day 6 of longer courses. 
  • Students are encouraged to wear a mask during indoor lecture time, but it is optional. Students can wear their own mask or a KN-95 we will provide.
  • Masks are mandatory during any workshop/close contact indoors or outdoors. KN-95s will be provided or you can bring your preferred KN-95.
  • Scenarios require masks and gloves and to be held outdoors if the environment allows. KN-95s will be provided or you can bring your preferred KN-95.

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 30, 2022.

Vaccine policy information (and if needed, exemption form)

Download: Wilderness Medicine Student Vax Policy

Download: EXEMPTION FORMS

Download: Wilderness Medicine COVID 19 Disclosure English

Required paperwork for course listed below. We need a "wet-ink" (black or blue ink) on paper signature for everything. [This means nothing can be typed, scanned, faxed, or emailed.]

Download: Wilderness Medicine Course Application

Download: NOLS Release

Download: Landmark 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 Valerie Kankiewicz at breyve@appstate.edu or (828) 262-4954.