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Wilderness First Aid Certification Course – February 2023

Registration Ends March 6, 2023
$210 – 335
Start Date: Feb 20
End Date: Apr 24
Start Time: 7:00 pm
End Time: 9:00 pm

This is an online course. You can participate from anywhere you have an internet connection.

Students wishing to renew their WHFR certification can do so by taking the WFA if they were certified inside of 2 years from the start date of this course. Simply select the WHFR Renewal option at checkout, or let us know in an email that you’d like to renew your certification by taking this WFA.

About Our Wilderness First Aid Certification Course

In response to the global pandemic, The Human Path has moved elements of our popular wilderness medicine training into an interactive remote format.

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 24-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.

Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

A national ECSI certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.

24-Hour WFA certification subjects include:

  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations
  • Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
  • High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
  • Disease and infection
  • Snake and insect bites & stings; an introduction
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Water purification & fluid replacement
  • First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more

Students will need:

  • A web-cam or phone camera to record proficiency of each skill
  • A computer with internet connection to watch videos and take assessment quizzes

The Human Path will provide:

60 day enrollment into the WFA interactive course, videos, tutorials, and pdfs.

‘The Emergency Medic’ first aid kit with materials, mailed out at the start of the course for use in the skills assessment.

ESCI Wilderness First Aid Field Guide, 2nd Edition (Issued to students digitally upon certification)

*Students taking the Wilderness Herbal Medicine Module will receive additional small herbal materials as well.


Additional Options (add ons/can be taken separately):

Re-Certification Course. Our WFA certification lasts 2 years from the date of successful completion of the course. To maintain the certification, students must re-certify before that time expires.The Re-Certification course can be done remotely, showing competency and skills review to get a renewal card from ECSI and The Human Path School.

Herbal First Aid Course: Using plant medicine in the field is our trademark and our specialty. Add an additional 8 hours of training to your certification by learning about and showing proficiency using herbs in the field. Learn the essentials of first aid care while also introducing fundamental plant-medicine concepts that apply to austere or post-disaster environments.

**This module will include a small pack of herbal materials that students will use to demonstrate understanding of preparations in remote environments.

Herbal First Aid subjects include:

  • Fundamental herbal care concepts
  • The necessary shift in thinking
  • Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
  • Injury, shock, pain and herbs
  • Respiratory herbal first response
  • Gastrointestinal herbal first response
  • Urinary herbal first response
  • Planning, preparing and administering herbs

Information about the WFR Certification:

This WFA Certification is phase 1 of 3 in the Wilderness First Responder Certification, or the WFR. The second phase is our Advanced Wilderness Certification, and the third phase is the on-site WFR certification. (Included as a part of the the HOME Intensive, and will be scheduled as a separate course in 2023!) This WFA certification is a prerequisite for both phase 2 and 3.

Phase 1 ONLINE – Standard Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFR Prerequisite)

Phase 2 ONLINE – Advanced Wilderness First Aid Certification (WFR Part 1)

Phase 3 ON-SITE (in person) – Wilderness First Responder Certification (WFR Part 2)

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Dates: Course access open on February 20th, 2023. Materials will ship out on February 20th, 2023. Access will close on April 24th, 2023.

Registration is limited to 40 spots and is first come first serve. Registration closes on March 6th, 2023 at 9pm central time.

Skills Testing Date Options (central time zone):


**Students will be required to attend an evaluation session (working webcam required) in order to complete their certification successfully, in addition to the other passing requirements outlined in the course syllabus.

Format: This is an interactive remote learning course. Part 1 is a self-directed study of wilderness medicine topics with skills assessments and testing. Part 2 is a scheduled skills test in a live classroom (Zoom) with an instructor, followed by a final certification exam.

*There are no refunds or transfers once course materials ship out.

International Shipping: There are additional costs involved with shipping course materials outside of the US. If you are located outside of the US, please contact us upon registration so we can help you with shipping arrangements. We offer shipping within Canada and Mexico only. (APO and AE addresses are not eligible.) International students are responsible for the expense of shipping their own course materials. If you are not eligible for international shipping services, please contact us for assistance with a materials list to source your materials locally.


Regular Tuition: $235 for WFA only. (processing fees apply)

Check, Venmo, Money Order, E-Invoicing Discount: $235 for WFA only.(No processing fees)


WFA + Herbal First Aid Module: $335 when purchased together as a bundle. (Online processing fees apply)

Check, Venmo, Money Order, E-Invoicing Discount: $335 for the bundle. (No processing fees)

Tuition includes 60 days access to the online classroom and materials shipped within the US.


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