Wilderness First Responder Certification

Earn your WFR with this week-long course. Learn the essentials of wilderness medicine and put your skills to practice.


Class Dates

June 19-24, 2023


Access to online course material
Six days of in person instruction
WFR Certification through Base Medical, valid for 3 years
Course materials and supplies
Transportation to field scenarios, if needed

Not Included

Travel to Portland


$295 for PNWSAR Members

Scholarships available, apply here!

Course Info

Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is a training program designed for individuals who spend significant amounts of time in remote, outdoor environments.

This certification equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency medical care in situations where traditional medical assistance may not be readily available. This course, administered through Base Medical, covers a range of topics, including patient assessment, basic life support, wound care, splinting, patient packaging, evacuation, and improvising with limited resources.

In addition to technical skills, this course also emphasizes decision-making and leadership in high-stress situations. Upon completion of the course, individuals receive a WFR certification, which is valid for three years and can be renewed through additional training and coursework.

Students will be expected to complete the online course content in advance. Course will run from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM Monday-Friday. Saturday will involve final field scenarios from 9 AM – 3 PM.

Time will be split between conference room, large garage area, and nearby outdoor locations. Rides are available between locations if you do not have your own car. Students should bring their own lunches and snacks (30 minute lunch breaks will be given each day).

This is an inclusive course. Safety of all students – especially queer students, and students of color – will be prioritized.

If you have any mobility or accessibility requests, please be sure to notify us in advance so we can make any adaptations.

*This course does NOT include a CPR certification component*