Certifications add a level of professionalism to both personal adventures and institutional experiences. We choose the certifications that we offer carefully and intentionally, as we believe they are important for developing safe and competent backcountry enthusiasts. Beyond our certifications we also offer academic courses that can be taken as a part of the Outdoor Education and Leadership Major or Minor or independently for further outdoor skills development.
Wilderness First Responder or WFR (pronounced "woofer") courses are designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors. They are the industry standard for wilderness medical training. It is the wilderness medicine training course for outdoor professionals and the course you want your friends to have taken before you travel with them! This is a hybrid Distance Learning Program (DLP) course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC). DLP courses have ~40 hours of pre-course work prior to the 5-day practical session.
WMTC certifications expire after three years and we offer discounts for those who took their original WFR certification through Westminster. The re-certificaiton is a hybrid Distance Learning Program (DLP) course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center with a 2-day practical session.
The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor (SPI) Program teaches climbing instructors to proficiently facilitate and instruct the sport of rock climbing in a single pitch setting. More about this course:
Students who are successful in this course will come away with a certificate of completion (not a certification) stating that they have met the following American Avalanche Association outcomes:
- Select a safe route and minimize exposure using travel protocols
- Recognize instabilities in the snowpack using observations and tests
- Interpret and draw elementary pit profiles (hand hardness, basic grain type, and stability tests)
- Apply simple decision tools in avalanche terrain
- Conduct a mock companion recovery.
Students who take the Wilderness Education Course during May Term have the opportunity to receive their Leave No Trace Trainer Certification. Sign up for the 4-credit Wilderness Education course through Self-Service as you do your other academic courses.
These courses are offered through the Westminster Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation Department.