Wilderness First Responder Certification

The Wilderness First Responder certification course is designed specifically to meet the needs of wilderness guides, expedition leaders, outdoor instructors, as well as community and collegiate recreation professionals and student staff.  

BGSU contracts with the Wilderness Medicine Training Center (WMTC) to offer this Hybrid Distance Learning Project (DLP) certification course including online and onsite components.


Onsite Class Schedule

  • Dates: Spring 2020 Class TBD
  • Location: Student Recreation Center
  • Cost: $640 General Public | $490 BGSU Affiliate - Costs are subject to change.
    Complementary parking and lodging in the SRC are available to participants plus access to showers, a microwave, and refrigerators.


  • All course registrations occur online through Wild Med Center.
  • Once a link to register is activated, follow the link to the BGSU RecWell “RecTrac” page with payment options.  When prompted, add the WFR course to your RecTrac cart, then create an account and pay.
  • Fee is non-refundable if participant does not pass the exams in advance or does not attend the course.
  • Registration Deadline: TBD

Jerome was a great instructor who was always available for discussion on WFR topics, took great care in answering questions as thoroughly as possible, and explained difficult concepts well.  The class catered to different learning styles and included lectures, demonstrations, hands-on practice sessions, and simulations.  The simulations were well thought out and exposed students to a variety of situations and environments.  The BGSU facility was comfortable and easily accessible.  Both the instructor and host did an excellent job of communicating important information in a timely manner, both during and prior to the course. ~Amanda Howard

A WFR is a pre-requisite for most jobs in outdoor education.  I'm grateful that BGSU offered the course, which was the only one I could find in Ohio. Between the at-home study format and being able to stay at BGSU for the practical portion, BGSU made taking the class very convenient.  Our instructor, Jerome, has a deep understanding of the material, and made class a lot of fun.  Anyone who wants to work in outdoor education should consider taking this course. ~Nate Wills

Jerome was an awesome instructor.  He has a lot of experience in the outdoor industry and his knowledge of the material and application really makes for a good learning experience.  I would certainly recommend Jerome as an instructor for this course.  BGSU was a great location for the WFR course.  The facility worked perfectly with class sessions, as well as the (countless) scenarios that we ran through. ~Aaron Benson

Official Hybrid DLP Wilderness First Responder Course Description

Our hybrid distance learning project (DLP) Wilderness First Responder course requires completion of our home study program and three online exams prior to attending a five day practical session. Our DLP Wilderness First Responder is designed for students who are able to study the didactic material on their own using: our field manual, “the Wilderness Medicine Handbook” and the course web site. Access to a computer and the internet are mandatory; broadband/high speed access is required. If you like self-study, are disciplined, computer literate, and have limited time to attend a practical session, then a hybrid DLP Wilderness First Responder is your best choice. For additional details about WMTC course topics and materials, visit:


For More Information Regarding the BGSU Host Site:
Thomas Worsham
419-372-2146 |  tworsha@bgsu.edu