The Wilderness Medicine Training Center provides high-quality, practical instruction in wilderness medicine and outdoor program risk management. Their medical curriculum is based on the practice guidelines published by the Wilderness Medical Society, and is aligned with the WFA, WAFA, and WFR Scope of Practice (SOP) documents.

WMTC courses offer a unique approach to field assessment and treatment, and are taught by experienced outdoor professionals and educators who undergo a rigorous training process, making them some of the finest instructors in the industry. The result is a fun, intensive course experience intended to help prepare students to effectively handle real-life medical emergencies in the outdoors.”


For any questions in regard to courses and registration please contact Paul Nicolazzo at (509)996-2502 or



Wilderness First Aid

($235/Students $260/Public)

May 25th-27t


Our Wilderness First Aid course may be the best choice for weekend campers, people taking day hikes within cell phone coverage, and those who are just looking for basic instruction. If you like it and want more, you can always come back later and take a longer, more intensive course. Our WFA course meets the Boy Scouts of America and the American Camping Association trip leader requirements. 

Our standard WFA is 3-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFA is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam in order to attend. Either course 
may be used to recertify current WMTC WAFA, WFR, & WEMT certifications. 

Graduates from approved wilderness medicine schools may recertify with us if they are currently certified OR in their grace period; click here for a list of currently approved providers. Please  visit the visit hybrid WFA website's home page for course details before registering.

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Wilderness First Responder  

($595/Student $645/Public) 

March 24th-April 2nd 

June 16th-24th (Registration Opening Soon)

September 7th-15th (Registration Opening Soon)


Outdoor professionals, those who take multi-day or longer personal trips, those who take part in high risk activities (rock climbing, whitewater paddling, mountaineering, multi-week expeditions of all kinds, etc.), or those who simply want to know more about wilderness medicine. Certification as a Wilderness First Responder is the industry standard for outdoor instructors and guides. We recommend taking the full course every six years.

Our standard WFR course is 9-days long; the practical session of our hybrid WFR is only 5-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of three online exams in order to attend. 
Adult & Child CPR/AED certification is included. Please visit the hybrid WFR website's homepage for course details prior to registering.

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Hybrid WFR & WEMT Recertification

($260/Students $285 Public)

Hybrid WFR Recert April 20th-21st

Our WFR & WEMT graduates are encouraged to attend on a yearly basis to maintain and polish their skills. Prior to your course you should thoroughly review your original course materials; there is NOT enough time in a Recertification course to cover all the material presented in your original course...yet you are still responsible for knowing it. If you wish a more complete review of the WFR or WEMT curriculum, consider taking our DLP WFR or WEMT course. The course includes Adult & Child CPR /AED certification. WMTC certifications remain valid for a maximum of three years with no grace period: Check the expiration date on your card.

Graduates from approved wilderness medicine schools may recertify with us by successfully completing a Recertification course or by completing a Wilderness First Aid course and passing our online WFR & WEMT Recertification test if they are currently certified OR in their grace period. Click here for a list of currentlyapproved providers.

Our standard WFR & WEMT Recertification course is 3-days long; our hybrid WFR & WEMT Recertification course is only 2-days but requires pre-course study and successful completion of an online exam. Please visit the hybrid WFR & WEMT website's homepage for course details prior to registering. You may also recertify your WFR or WEMT by taking one of our Wilderness First Aid courses and passing the online WFR & WEMT Recertification exam.

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Avalanche Courses provided through

Course Dates






Dec 6, 8 Evening Lectures at WWU  
Dec 10-11 Field Section  
Jan 24, 26 Evening Lectures at WWU  
Jan 28-29 Field Section  
Feb 21, 23 Evening Lectures at WWU  
Feb 25-26 Field Section  




Jan 13  Class Lecture  
Jan 14-15 Field Section  





AIARE Level 1 Information


Course Goals and Objectives

The goals of this course are to:

Provide a basic understanding of avalanches.

Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain.

Focus less on providing "answers" and more on identifying the right questions.

Provide lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field

The objectives of this course are to teach:

Types of avalanches

Characteristics of avalanches

An introduction to how avalanches form and release

Avalanche terrain

Trip planning and preparation

Travel techniques

Decision making

Avalanche rescue

This course does not cover snow science or avalanche technology in any detail. While it touches on and introduces advanced subjects such as snowpack development and metamorphism, these are discussed at a basic, non-technical level. 

Course Summary

When you leave this course you can expect to have a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, basic decision making while in the field, and rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person if an avalanche occurs and someone in your party is caught. Most of these techniques require extensive practice before you can expect to be proficient and no course, this one included, can provide all that experience.

To establish and maintain proficiency in the knowledge and techniques covered in this course, you will have to practice extensively and regularly on their own after leaving the program. 


AIARE Level 2 Information


Course Structure

This course will be held over four full, consecutive days, including both classroom and field instruction. Participants on a AIARE 2 Course can expect about 12 - 15 hours of classroom and 20 - 24 hours of field instruction and practice in the following subjects:

Avalanche formation and release

Snow stability factors

Observing and recording weather

Observing and recording the snowpack

Observing and recording avalanche activity

Stability analysis and forecasting