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 review and practice of evacuation and decision making guidelines. It also provides wilderness medicine practitioners with current updates in the wilderness medicine field.

This is a 24 hour Wilderness First Responder Recertification, sponsored by Sierra Mountain Center, LLC and provided by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. You must possess a WFR or WEMT certification from WMI (must be current or within grace year), SOLO (must be current), OPEPA (must be current or within grace year) or WMA (must be current) to recertify through this course. Upon successful course completion you will earn a WMI of NOLS WFR or WEMT certification. If you hold a WFR certification from another company, please read the last paragraph.

This course cannot be used to recertify a WFA (Wilderness First Aid). There will be a written examination at the beginning of this course to assess what you have retained from past years and current knowledge.

This is a recertification course; please bring a copy of your WFR card to the course. Most WFR certifications are current for two years from the date the WFR card is issued. There is a one-year grace period but remember that during this time your card is inactive.


White Mountain Research station 4 miles east of Bishop.


This course is sponsored by Sierra Mountain Center and provided by The Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. WMI’s goal is to provide the highest quality education and information for the recognition, treatment and prevention of wilderness emergencies. WMI’s teaching philosophy is to emphasize treatment principles and decision making, not the memorization of lists. Their philosophy centers around the physical and psychological well being of their students and staff. They value the entire experience of a WMI program rather than simply the learning of medicine. Their staff are professional educators who understand the importance of fun and experience as invaluable learning tools. They feel strongly that a student’s ability to feel confident about themselves and their ability to make decisions is of greater value than text-book medical skills. They emphasize decision making and employ scenario based teaching as a complement to lecture style instruction. They believe that this is why their students learn so well and feel confident in employing their newly acquired judgment and skills.

Class format

Course days run from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We use WMRS classroom space which is comfortable and to maximize room we remove most of the tables and chairs. You will probably want a Crazy Creek type chair for classroom sessions. Much of the practical lessons take place outside, rain or shine, warm or cold. Bring a small tarp to spread out on and your own foam pad that you don’t mind getting dirty or even cutting up to make splints.


Pets are not allowed on site so please leave Fifi or Sparky at home.

We are often asked if the course materials can be sent ahead of time but this is difficult for us to arrange. There is a formal book that is provided with the course but there are also numerous handouts and the like that are not finalized until very near the course so WMI does not send course materials to us until just before the program.

Notes on WFR card re-certification and expiration:

Upon successful completion of your WMI course, you will receive a WMI of NOLS Wilderness Medicine certification card that is current for two years. You have a one year grace period after the expiration of your wilderness certification. During this grace year you are eligible to participate in a recertification program, however your certification is not current. If you exceed your grace year, you must retake the entire course.

If you hold a WFR certification from WMI (must be current or in grace year), OpEPA (must be current or in grace year), WMA (must be current) or SOLO (must be current), you will receive a WMI of NOLS WFR certification upon successful completion of your recertification course.

If you hold a current WFR certification from any other wilderness medicine training organization you will receive a letter of course completion after a Wilderness First Responder Recertification course, Wilderness First Aid course or Wilderness Advanced First Aid course. This letter of completion may allow you to recertify with your original certifying organization. You must contact that organization prior to your WMI course to ensure that our course will meet the requirements for recertification.

You are required to submit a photocopy of your WFR certification card on the first day of the course.
If you have questions regarding the card please talk to the card’s issuing organization or WMI. SMC is not able to give you any decision regarding your cards validity.

Program Prerequisites:

(You need to fill this out this waiver in addition to the SMC waiver)

You must have a current WFR card or be within the one year grace period.

A test will occur at the start of the course to ensure that participants meet the prerequisites!

Program Inclusions:

Tuition price includes tuition, first aid supplies and certification for WFR, Anaphylaxis and CPR.

Dorm style accommodation available on site.

Details, Itinerary, and Equipment List:

Details, itinerary, and equipment list