Student FAQs

  • Medical Professionals- WLS:MP, Online Modules, CME

    • What is a WLS:MP class?

      A Wilderness Life Support: Medical Professional (WLS:MP) class teaches those with a background in medicine how to apply those skills in a wilderness environment.

      The class focuses on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and evacuation for commonly encountered problems in the wilderness. It is offered in both a fully in-person and hybrid format. Our most recent accreditation of the WLS:MP class occurred in 2023, ensuring that the content is up-to-date and follows medical best practice.

      This training is valid for four years, eligible for Fellowship in the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM) and CME credit, and is accredited by the Wilderness Medical Society.

      There is no recertification for the WLS:MP class once your certificate expires; you will need to retake the course.

      Learn more about the WLS:MP curriculum here.

    • Who is eligible for WLS:MP and Online CME Modules?

      These courses are geared toward medical professionals; an EMT or higher medical-related degree or certification is encouraged.

      However, anyone is eligible to take our medical professional courses. The content taught in this course is tailored to those who already have a foundation in medicine; the class will be taught with that assumed knowledge.

      If you have no prior medical training, you will instead be able to obtain a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification upon completion of a WLS:MP class.

      If you are interested in our online modules, but are not seeking CME or FAWM credit, there are lay rescuer modules available.

    • Does the WLS:MP course count as a Wilderness First Responder (WFR)?

      While not completely equivalent to a Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course, this class teaches similar content more in-depth at a faster pace, addressing most of the WFR curriculum.

      Please inquire with your specific employer or governing body to see if a WLS:MP course will take the place of a WFR certification.

    • What type of continuing education do the medical professional courses supply?

      Our medical professional courses are eligible for Category 1 AMA PRA Cat 1 CME through the ACCME, provided by the joint partnership of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and AdventureMed.

      While many certifying bodies accept ACCME credit, including the NREMT, please inquire with your governing body to confirm that they accept these credits.

      Some of our courses through partnerships offer alternative CME opportunities. Please read the CME information about that course carefully to see if the offering differs.

      AdventureMed is not responsible for ensuring that our courses will work for your medical licensure.

    • How do I claim CME credits?

      The first step in claiming CME credits for a course is to notify us that you want them.

      When registering for your WLS:MP course, the checkout page will inquire if you are looking for CME credit. You will need to provide your medical designation (MD, EMT, etc.) and submit a course evaluation at the end of the class to receive credit. If you are unsure if you requested CME during the checkout, you can notify your instructor at the in-person portion of your class.


      After a class is completed, CME is issued via our joint partnership with the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). This is separate from the WLS:MP certificate of completion provided by AdventureMed. When CME has been processed, the certificates will be emailed to those requesting CME. If you are a member of the WMS, the certificate is posted to your WMS account. Please check your spam folder if you do not see an email in this timeframe.

      If you do not receive your certification after this date, please reach out to

    • What is FAWM, and how do I apply?

      FAWM stands for Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine, a title granted by the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS).

      According to WMS, “These individuals who proudly use the FAWM credential display the highest level of widely recognized achievement in the field of wilderness medicine.”

      They have demonstrated significant knowledge and experience in their discipline, and serve their community in a distinguished manner.

      If you wish to apply for FAWM candidacy, please visit

      All of our WLS:MP, online CME modules, and WFR courses are eligible for FAWM credits.

      If you are a FAWM candidate already, and wish to earn credit for taking the WLS:MP class, you can use your AdventureMed certificate of completion to do so. Upload this in your WMS account. If you have any questions, please reach out to


    • How do I access the online modules for a hybrid WLS:MP course or online CME module?

      To find your modules, please click My Online Modules located at the bottom of the page. You will need to log into your account on the AdventureMed website first. Your purchase module will be listed, and clicking on it will send you to our online learning management website.

      If your purchased module is not listed, please contact

      Note: The Wilderness Endorsement online module is offered through a different learning platform than the other online modules but the access procedures are the same**

      If you purchased a hybrid WLS:MP course through one of our partnered providers:

      The partnered provider will supply a separate link that will allow you to sign up for the WLS:MP online portion on the AdventureMed website. This “class” will take you through the standard checkout process but does not incur an additional fee. From there, access to the online modules is the same as above.

    • What is a Wilderness EMT and do you offer this certificate?

      As a general guideline, to be considered a Wilderness EMT, two different certifications are required:

      1. An active EMT (basic, advanced, or paramedic)
      2. A wilderness medicine class at the Wilderness First Responder level or higher

      There is no governing body for a WEMT or standardized test. While some organizations offer this specific certification, AdventureMed does not offer a WEMT certificate. Our WFR and WLS:MP course can satisfy the wilderness medicine class requirement.

      Our online WEMT Wilderness Endorsement can also satisfy the wilderness medicine need with the understanding that the class does not have a practical component.

      Individuals have a personal responsibility to ensure that they are correctly claiming this title.

    • After purchasing an online class, how long do I have access to the course?

      If you have purchased an online module, you have 90 days after accessing the course to complete the module.

      After the 90-day access window, you’ll need to re-purchase the course.

      For our hybrid WLS:MP course, you have 180 days after the in-person course is complete to access the online content.

    • My online module did not allow me to print my CME certificate. What should I do?

      After completing an online module, you should be redirected to the course homepage and a button should be present at the top of the screen to print your certificate.

      If you’re having trouble printing a certificate, please email


      For bundled modules and the Wilderness EMT Endorsement, you are not able to print your certificate through our online learning platform, and you must email to receive your certificates. You will only receive your certificates when all modules have been completed.

  • Lay Rescuer- CPR, WFA, WFR, Mountain Bike Medicine

    • What is the difference between a Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder class?

      While both classes are geared toward outdoor enthusiasts with no prior medical training, there are several key differences.

      Wilderness First Aid Wilderness First Responder
      Purpose An introduction to wilderness medicine An in-depth class about wilderness medicine
      Target Audience Outdoor enthusiasts Outdoor professionals and enthusiasts who spend an extended time in the wilderness
      Time Commitment Approximately 20 hours Approximately 72 hours
      Certification WFA, valid 2 years, then re-take the class WFR, valid 2 years, then a 1-year grace period to recertify

      If you do not recertify in this time, the entire class must be taken again

      CPR? Class dependent Yes
      Epinephrine autoinjector training? Yes with the completion of an additional online module Yes with the completion of an additional online module

      A Wilderness First Aid (WFA) class is a 20 hour introduction into wilderness medicine. It may or may not have a corresponding CPR class. The certificate is valid two years, and then you will need to retake the entire course.

      A Wilderness First Responder (WFR) class is a 72 hour training designed to provide a more in depth knowledge around wilderness medicine. This course is often a standard for professional guides around the world. There is always a CPR course included. The certificate is valid two years, followed by a one year grace period where you are able to take a recertification class (24 hours). If you do not re-certify within that three year period, you must retake the entire class.

    • How long are your certifications valid?

      The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) certification is valid two years, and then you will need to retake the entire course.

      The Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is valid two years, followed by a one year grace period where you are able to take a recertification class. If you do not re-certify within that three year period, you must retake the entire class.

      The CPR/BLS plus AED certification is valid for two years, and then you will need to retake the entire course.


    • What WFR certifications courses are eligible for re-certification?

      AdventureMed prioritizes high-quality education and understands the value of reciprocity. As such, we recognize any hybrid or fully in-person Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification that follows the curriculum set forth by the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) and meets the necessary hourly requirements (72-80 hours). Classes without an in-person component are not accepted. To find a list of wilderness medicine companies that follow the WMS guidelines, you can visit their affiliates page.

      If you are unsure if your WFR certification will be accepted, please contact

      You will be required to show proof of certification to be eligible to take a recertification class.

    • Does your course meet the standards of the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS)?

      The Wilderness Medical Society has operated as the governing body for wilderness medicine education and has provided curriculum outlines for some time.

      All AdventureMed courses adhere to Wilderness Medical Society standards and best practices. This includes topics covered, treatment and evacuation guidelines, C-spine protocol, and total hourly requirement, among others.

      This differs from the WMEC (Wilderness Medical Education Collective), who are a separate entity, and have set different time standards for some classes.

    • Do you provide a CPR certification?

      Yes! CPR is an optional component of Mountain Bike Medicine and Wilderness First Aid (WFA) courses and a required part of Wilderness First Responder courses (WFR).

      Our CPR certification is through AdventureMed and teaches all the components in a standard basic life support CPR class. Our curriculum aligns with the Red Cross and American Heart Association.

      It is valid for 2 years.

      If you are unsure if your organization or governing body will accept our certification, please contact them directly.

    • Do you offer an epinephrine auto-injector certification?

      Yes, you are eligible to receive an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) certification with both our Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) courses. This certificate is valid for 2 years.

      To earn this specific certificate, please follow these steps:

      • Notify AdventureMed that you would like to receive this certificate. This can be done by emailing before or after the course.
      • Complete the EAI-specific online module. This is in addition to any modules required for a hybrid course. This module must be completed within 1-month following the in-person session.
      • Complete the in-person course and earn the corresponding certificate.

      After completing these steps, notify AdventureMed and an EAI certificate will be emailed to you. The expiration date of the certificate will match the date of your WFA/WFR certificate.

      It is the responsibility of the individual student to communicate and complete these steps.

    • How do I access the online content for my hybrid course?

      After registering for a class that has an online component, you will receive access instructions in an email notification. To view your online content though our website, please ensure you are logged in and go to My Online Modules. There, all purchased courses will be listed.

      Our courses are housed in a separate learning management system which will require a username and password. When registering for the class, your username is created as your email, but you will need to “reset” your password when logging into your account for the first time. Please follow the instructions to reset (and therefore create) your password.

      Once this has been completed, you will be able to access your online course content through the module displayed in your account. Sign into your account with the email and password you set, and your course content will display in your student dashboard.

    • Someone else signed me up for a hybrid course. How do I access my modules?

      If someone else registered you for a course though an AdventureMed account that was not yours, you will be able to access your online content directly through the student dashboard in our learning management system, not through the AdventureMed website.

      To access your online modules for the first time, please follow the instructions in the enrollment confirmation email you will receive.

      Our courses are housed in a separate learning management system which will require a username and password. When registering for the class, your username is created as your email, but you will need to “reset” your password when logging into your account for the first time. Please follow the instructions to reset (and therefore create) your password.

    • Is there an age requirement for these courses?

      Yes, to take a Wilderness First Aid (WFA) or Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course a student must be at least 16 years old or you must receive direct approval from AdventureMed. Please reach out to with inquiries.