Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

The CMC Denver Group is no longer Wilderness First Aid (WFA). In its place, CMC is offering a state-wide WFA school with its new WFA partner, Backcountry Pulse (BCP). SALT is no longer available for the WFA course. Eligible members may apply for free tuition for the State’s WFA course.  See details below.

Please note the CMC State Board of Directors has determined the 8-hour WFA Refresher course does not meet the 16-hour WFA training requirements for CMC leaders and certain school instructors.

The CMC has developed an in-person as well as hybrid lectures for the first day of the two-day WFA course. The Virtual lectures and self-paced learning are through videos and online quizzes allow participants to complete the first half of the course from their own home. Both the in-person and on-line classes then require students to complete the field day.

A bit about our partner, Backcountry Pulse. Their courses are engaging, hands-on and instructed to the latest evidence-based practices in wilderness medicine. Instructors are wilderness medicine professionals and skilled outdoor educators with years of experience working remote, complex rescues and guiding groups in dynamic environments. All courses are nationally recognized and have reciprocity among other wilderness medicine education companies. Programs are continually updated to reflect the latest evidence-based practices.

Click here for more information on the new CMC state-wide WFA school.

New! Free WFA Training for Volunteer Leaders!

The Colorado Mountain Club is pleased to offer free Wilderness First Aid (WFA) training for trip leaders and instructors! There are 5 spaces per course reserved for volunteer leaders who meet the following conditions:

  • Be a trip leader, instructor, or CMC member in the process of becoming a trip leader or instructor.
  • Lead a minimum of 6 trips or school field days in the two years following training.

Click here to apply for free WFA training. The CMC State Office will review applications on a rolling basis. Once your application is approved, the CMC State Office will contact you to get you registered for an upcoming course. This free WFA training only applies to courses offered by the CMC State Office. There will be a $25 fee for leaders who wish to cancel or transfer their registration at anytime prior to the course.

Please contact the CMC State Office at office@cmc.org or 303-279-3080 with any questions. Thank you for your volunteerism!

There are optional Denver Group CPR/AED (Automated external defibrillator) course. (While CPR/AED is discussed in the BCP school, it does not certify students in CPR/AED. There is a separate $40 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.

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