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PE 1626: Wilderness First Responder / Recertification

Wilderness First Aid

This 8-day, 80-hour course from Wilderness Medical Associates provides the prerequisite training and certification necessary for employment as a professional outdoor instructor at nationally recognized programs such as NOLS and Outward Bound. The curriculum goes beyond the basics needed for first aid certification to emphasize the skills and knowledge needed in backcountry rescue situations when extended care may be needed.

The course consists of two 4-day sections. The first half is Wilderness Advanced First AID (WAFA), which can be taken on its own (the first 4 days). The second half is a bridge from WAFA to a full Wilderness First Responder certification. For students seeking their first WFR Certification, both sections are required (All 8 days). Those in need of a WFR recertification should only attend the second half of the course (the last 4 days).


Course Fee

Students: $855 for WAFA+WFR Bridge; $450 for WFR Recert only; $450 for WAFA only
Community: $940 for WAFA+WFR Bridge; $495 for WFR Recert; $495 for WAFA only
CU Faculty/Staff:$940 for WAFA+WFR Bridge; $495 for WFR Recert; $495 for WAFA only

NOTE: Students enrolled in this course who are living on-campus will need to find off-campus accommodations until the residential halls open. Alternatively, campus housing is available during the spring semester WFR classes. 

Fill out the Fee Waiver Application to apply for a free or reduced PE course. 

Fee Notes



Participation in all class sessions is required in order to receive PE credit.


No previous experience.

Drop Deadline

September 2nd


Enroll through Student Center or by contacting COE at 607-255-6183 or


Equipment List
Medical Form


WAFA/ (WFR Part 1) Schedule




Friday 11/18/22 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Sunday 1/15/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Monday 1/16/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday 1/17/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday 1/18/23 8:00am to 6:00pm

WFR Bridge (WFR Part 2)/ WFR Re-cert Schedule




Friday 11/18/22 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Thursday 1/19/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Friday 1/20/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday 1/21/23 8:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday 1/22/23 8:00am to 6:00pm