First Aid Certification Courses in 2022 - @ to 2022-07-26T17:33:38+00:00

2022 Wilderness First Aid Certifications

How does the WFA online hybrid work? - @ to 2020-12-08T16:33:49+00:00

The Human Path has an online interactive platform that will grant three months access to the online course, which includes instructional lectures, videos, flash cards, and learning resources. Students will receive an emergency first aid kit that contains trauma first aid gear to complete hands-on training in the ‘practical skills’ portion of the course, all done at home.

The 16-hour WFA course will also include downloadable video modules that step through wilderness medicine foundation skills for remote and post-disaster response. Each section will have progress quizzes and a hands-on skills exercise and assessment.

At the end of the course, there will be a final live skills review and test. Students can choose from scheduled times to show mastery of wilderness first aid skills in a private session with an instructor before taking the final certification exam online. Certification will be issued to students who show competency in those skills and pass the training exam with 80% or higher. Certification is issued through Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI), and lasts 2 years from the date of successful passing of the course.

What kind of job can I get in 2022 with a WHFR? - @ to 2022-07-26T22:01:43+00:00

Continuing Education for healthcare. We frequently have healthcare providers attend the WHFR to meet workplace requirements in wilderness medicine training.  Healthcare professionals with additional austere and wilderness medicine training expand their skillset for working in emergency environments.  THP / HMA is licensed with the state of Texas to offer CEU credits for massage therapists.

River guides, back-country guides and other outdoor education professions.  Many of these jobs require wilderness first aid certification and for those who spend more time in the outdoors, the WFR is a coveted training.

Teachers, Educators, Camp Counselors. During summer months, camps look for trained personnel with WFA and WFR certifications, CPR certifications and comfort levels working with emergency situations.

Humanitarian and Disaster Relief workers. While many positions are volunteer-based, organizations are frequently looking for those skilled in the outdoors and in disaster management.  Wilderness medicine training is based on the premise that there is no higher care within one hour – making a WFR or WFA-trained staff member an asset.

What is the difference between a WFR and a WHFR? - @ to 2019-08-25T00:28:26+00:00

Most schools that offer a Wilderness First Responder certification (WFR) have 50 to 70 hours of total training, and a few will have as many as 80 hours.

The Human Path / Herbal Medics Academy also includes herbal first aid in both online and hands-on training in the field.  Our Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification (WHFR) is 80 hours of hands-on training over ten days and an additional 20 hours of online coursework in botanical first aid for a total of 100 hours of certification training.

What is the difference between our WHFR and other school’s WFR certifications in 2022? - @ to 2022-07-26T22:07:16+00:00

Most wilderness medicine schools offer a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification that is 50 to 70 hours of training.  The Human Path / Herbal Medics Academy has a Wilderness Herbal First Responder (WHFR) certification that is 80 hours of on-site training in addition to 20 more online training hours of intensive herbal first aid coursework.

Upon completion of the course, students receive an Advanced Wilderness First Aid certification for 40 hours from ECSI, CPR and AED certification from ECSI, an 80 hour WFR certification card, and a 100-hour Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification from our school, The Human Path / Herbal Medics Academy.

The certification is good for two years.

What certification do I get from the Wilderness First Aid course? - @ to 2022-07-26T22:10:04+00:00

The Wilderness First Aid course is a 16 hour course.  Upon completing the course, students receive a 16-hour WFA certification from ECSI that is good for two years.

Students have the option of adding an addition 8 hour Herbal First Aid certification module to gain a total of 24 hours WHFA certification hours.

 “Just wanted to let you know that two of our staff (who finished the WFA course the previous day) just had to respond to a REAL heat exhaustion situation with their work crew on the trail today.  They did a beautiful job — they were calm, called me with vitals and great information.  It’s pretty amazing to get a call from a totally calm 15-year-old reporting on an incident & to feel totally confident in their ability to treat and support the staff. Thank you so much!”  — Jes Ward, Director of CityWILD

Jes Ward, cityWILD

I wanted to pass along an experience I had yesterday where I employed skills learned at The Human Path that were critical to a “happy-ending” story.

The trip we had planned was for 6 miles kayaking and canoeing down the river on a leisurely holiday weekend day-trip. Subsequently, after some minor injuries, lacerations, abrasions, blistering, exposure, dehydration, etc that made it impossible for people to continue to row in the intense desert heat coupled with 52F water most were reluctant to enter, especially for another 9 miles with the children already struggling, my brother former Army SF/current Lieutenant Las Vegas P.D. and I made the executive decision to halt the trip and set up a temporary camp and put together a walk-out team to hike out. Many of the skills I learned at Human Path were critical immediately and everyone was doing much better after a couple hours…

Jeremy B., MD

The curriculum is diverse, the instructors very knowledgeable. Best school for modern and primitive surival skills. Medical curriculum is certified and top-notch!

Rebecca C

This is truly an amazing organization to go through this learning and growing journey with. Not only are they extremely knowledgeable in everything that they teach from basics of herbal medicine to survival skills and wilderness medicine and so much more, but they create a beautiful sense of community that you just want to be part of.

Mark T,
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The on-site WFA Certification is back

Join us September 16th-18th, 2022 in Taos, NM for a Wilderness First Aid Certification course

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Related Programs

WHFA and WHFR certifications are part of the Austere Medicine Program and the Female Medic Program.

24-HR. Wilderness First Aid Certification: 

This is a 24 hour course taught over 3 days (8 hours per day) and includes both a conventional 16-Hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) Certification through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI) as well as more than 8 hours of herbal first aid training.

Herbal First Aid information is integrated into the curriculum every day in order to create a holistic model of remote or post-disaster care that emphasizes the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.


Taos Wilderness First Aid Certification – September 16th – 19th, 2022. Located in Taos, NM.

100-Hour Wilderness Herbal First Responder Course

The Wilderness Herbal First Responder is over 100 hours of Wilderness First Aid combined with remote and post-disaster plant medicine. The WHFR also includes a 40-hour WFA certification card and CPR/AED certification card through the Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). Students who complete the course receive a 100-hour Wilderness Herbal First Responder certification through The Human Path / Herbal Medics Academy as well.


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