Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

NOTE: The 2019 Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Aid Recertification/Refresher (WFAR) courses have been scheduled as listed below.

The Fall two-day WFA course on October 20th and October 27th will  open for registration in mid-July (see below for more details).

Leaders and senior school instructors are strongly advised to apply for SALT, as described below.  A certain number of class slots are saved for approved SALT leaders and senior instructors.

This comprehensive and nationally recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course follows a standardized program established by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI), and consists of 10 hours of lecture, 6 hours of practical experience and a written exam. Topics include patient assessment, weather related illness, trauma, splinting, medical emergencies, altitude illness and bites. A comprehensive textbook is included in the fee. A two-year ECSI WFA certification is issued upon completion. The course is open to everyone, regardless of experience. Those with experience are encouraged to use this comprehensive course as a refresher and practice skills we rarely need but are critical to know when we need them. Attendance is required at all classes to complete the course; however, that can happen over a few different sessions.

Please note: this WFA course is required to become a Denver Group leader.  Also note that the CMC State Office is also offering the ECSI WFA course using the same curriculum, however this Denver Group WFA course is administered completely separately from the CMC State course.

Please contact WFA School Director Jeff Flax at [email protected], or CMC Membership Services at 303-279-3080, ext.2 for additional information.

There are four WFA sessions scheduled for 2019:

Session 1: WFA – Sunday, March 17 and Sunday, March 24, 2019. Completed

Session 2: WFAR – Sunday, May 5, 2019 – One-Day Re-Certification/Refresher Only. Completed 

Session 3: WFA – Sunday, October 20 and Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Registration will be open in mid-July 2019.

Session 4: WFAR – Saturday, December 7, 2019 – One-Day Re-Certification/Refresher Only. (SALT students must receive the discount code first – reimbursement is not available). See the prerequisites below.

The WFA Re-Certification/Refresher is one-day class. (The re-certification/refresher course is limited to students who have completed the ECSInstitute Wilderness First Aid course (Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care in Remote Locations) within the last 2 years, and study the text on their own prior to the class in order to be able to pass the exam with a score of 80%. The entire day must be attended to complete the course, or made up when the next class is offered.)  NOTE:  Beginning in 2018 the re-certification/refresher will be limited to students who have taken the ECSI two-day or re-certification/refresher within the past two years.

There is a separate registration for Denver Group leaders, prospective leaders, and senior school instructors who have been approved to have their tuition covered by the SALT program.  Approved SALT students will be given a special code and password to register for this course. (Tuition reimbursement is not available). SALT students should not register for the non-SALT sign-up link.  Note that SALT members who pay for this class prior to approval are not eligible for reimbursement. See below for more information about the SALT program and application.

The cost of the WFA class is $100 and the WFAR is $90.  (These courses are limited to CMC members only).

Please note: If you are a Denver Group trip leader, working toward becoming a trip leader, or a senior instructor in a Denver Group school, you may be eligible for free tuition for this course under the Support Aid for Leader Training (SALT) program. Please note, for free tuition, you must register for this school through the SALT link, not this school’s site. Click here for more information and to access the SALT application form.

There are optional CPR/AED (Automated external defibrillator) courses every 4-6 weeks.  The next classes are on May 13 and July 8, 2019 (take one class only).   There is a separate  $30 tuition fee for this nationally certified CPR/AED course.  The certification for this course is for two-years.  Click here for more information and registration links for the CPR/AED course.


Click here for the Emergency First Aid Checklist and Report Form