Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

This comprehensive and nationally recognized Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course follows a standardized program established by the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, 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 WFA card good for 3 years 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.

Please contact WFA School Director Jeff Flax at Jeff@JFlax.com, or CMC Membership Services at 303-279-3080, ext.2 for additional information.

There are four WFA sessions scheduled for 2017:

Session 1: Sunday, April 2 and Sunday, April 9, 2017 – click here to sign-up.
Alternatively, SALT approved students should click here to sign-up.

Session 2: Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Refresher Only – click here to sign-up.


Session 3: Sunday, September 17 and Sunday, September 24, 2017. Registration will be available in mid-June.  Check back then for the registration link.

Session 4: Tentatively Scheduled for Sunday, November 5, 2017 – Refresher Only (based on sufficient demand).

The cost for the full two-day is $32 for Denver Group Leaders and Prospective Leaders, $64 for Denver Group members, and $74 for Non-Denver Group members.

The cost for the one-day is $20 for Denver Group Leaders and Prospective Leaders, $40 for Denver Group members, and $50 for Non-Denver Group members.  (See the prerequisite information below for the Refresher course below).

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 is also an optional WFA CPR/AED (Automated external defibrillator) course on Wednesday, March 29, 2017.  A separate registration fee is required for the WFA – American Heart Association CPR/AED course. Click here to register for March 29th CPR Class. Alternatively, click here to register if you have been approved for SALT for the CPR class

Sessions 2 and 4 (May and November) – are one day refresher classes. (The refresher course is limited to students who have completed the ECSInstitutes Wilderness First Aid course (Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care in Remote Locations) within the last 4 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.)


Click here for the Emergency First Aid Checklist and Report Form





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