The Outdoor program believes that the certifications offered at Westminster College are fundamental in developing safe, professional, and competent leaders and backcountry enthusiasts. Certifications provide a degree of professionalism, discipline-specific skills, and risk management practices that add invaluably to personal and institutional ventures.
To further develop outdoor skills, the Outdoor Program also recommends taking academic courses available through the Outdoor Education and Leadership (OEL) Program.
Wilderness Medicine Courses
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Certification
Mar. 6-10, 2020
The WFR certification is the industry standard for wilderness medical training for outdoor professionals. This certification is designed to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, and outdoor instructors, as well as anyone interested in gaining practical, in-depth knowledge of wilderness expedition medicine.
Westminster offers the hybrid WFR certification course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, which requires approximately 40+ hours of online pre-course work before the 5-day hands-on in-person practical session.
If you hold a current Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification, you can take the WFR certification course along with an online Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) study and testing module to certify as a WEMT.
To take this course for 2 credits, register for OEL 145A as you would normally register for courses. To take this course as non-credit, fill out the WFR certification form.
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) Recertification
Nov. 16-17, 2019
WFR certifications from the Wilderness Medicine Training Center expire after 3 years. Discounts for recertification are offered for those who took their original WFR certification through Westminster.
Westminster offers the hybrid WFR re-certification course through the Wilderness Medicine Training Center, which requires online pre-course work before the 2-day hands-on in-person practical session.
To take this class for 1 credit, register for OEL 245B as you would normally register for courses. To take this course as non-credit, fill out the WFR recertification form.
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Course
For those who spend time in less remote areas with quicker access to help, or who want basic first-aid knowledge, the Wilderness Medicine Training Center's WFA Course is a great option. Westminster often offers WFA courses that can also serve as Wilderness First Responder/Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician re-certification courses.