The Advanced Wilderness First Aid (AWFA) Certification is an online course that consists of 24 hours of lectures, demonstrations, live Q & A’s, quizzes and homework. This course picks up where the standard WFA leaves off, and covers new topics as well as more depth in topics that were introduced in the Standard WFA.
Passing the standard WFA is the prerequisite to take the AWFA course.
Students receive an Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification card from Emergency Care and Safety Institute at the successful completion of this course.
This course also is required for and prepares the student for the on-site, 3-day Wilderness First Responder certification for those who intend to complete a WFR.
The 3 day on-site training is also included in the HOME intensive course in 2023 – students taking the HOME course will not need to attend the separate 3-day WFR Certification course to complete their certification.
Students in the AWFA course receive the Wilderness First Aid Field Guide (hardcopy) which makes an excellent addition to any field first aid kit. Additionally, students receive materials via mail that they will use to practice techniques and demonstrate competency in selected hands-on skills taught in this course.
The Advanced Wilderness First Aid course covers the following topics:
- Advanced Secondary Survey
- Infectious Disease Management
- Medical Emergencies & Common Medications
- Environmental Injuries II
- Extrication, Carries and Improvised Stretchers
- Knots and Lashings
- Introduction to Radios and Communication
- Introduction to Evacuation Planning & Documentation
- Introduction to Mass Casualty Response
- Bandaging, Splinting and Taping II
- Advanced Wound Management in the Field
- Building Med Kits
- Clearing the Spine
- Tourniquet Conversion