WMO MISSION
To help people prevent medical problems yet cope with those that occur.

                                                 CORE VALUES
                To teach base knowledge and skills with a high level
                           of retention under stressful conditions.


                      Designed for the out of doors yet may be used in
                          any remote or delayed response situation


WMO has been a part of wilderness Medicine  standards setting groups since 1994.  Probably the two most recognized standards setting groups based on number of pier reviewed publications with industry signature supporters of 2017 are Wilderness Medical Educators Collation and Professional Outdoor Medical Educators. WMO supports and exceeds the standards / SOPs set by both.


                                 WHAT MAKES WMO UNUSUAL
Mature Instructors who are outdoor skilled and experienced yet medically unusually very highly trained, each with a real world specialties including: Peace officer, Lawyer, Firefighter, US military veterans, firearms instructors, Expert witnesses, Risk Managers, Guides, Rock climber, Mountaineers, Experienced Foreign Travelers. WMO has trained USMC, Air force, Coast Guard and Army personnel. WMO traces its Wilderness medicine teaching to 1967 at Colorado State University. WMOs headquarters is in Elizabeth Colorado on 130 acre off grid facility that is a national conservation easement. It is the first Wilderness Medicine School who’s director holds a Masters degree in Wilderness Medicine. The facility has various outdoor skill area including: Indoor classroom, Sheltered outdoor class area, Student treed camping area, Real medical scenario locations, archery, rifle and pistol ranges as well as Survival and Leave no Trace training areas. In addition to the standard Wilderness First Aid, Intermediate Wilderness First Aid, Advanced Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness EMT up grade, WMO has a long history of offering Wilderness Advanced Life Support using a cadaver lab and medical specialists. Teaching history in 43 states and 6 countries. The school has been state and nationally certified (NREMT) since 1994.

See our home page for this years class list

See a list of our qualified instructors

See photos of our classes, facilities, and wildlife

To register, mail one-third of class tuition for deposit ASAP as many classes fill-up quickly. Address is Carl Weil / WMO, 2477 Co Rd 132 Elizabeth, CO 80107.


You may quickly reserve your space by calling WMO office as soon as you have your deposit in a US Mail Box. The first calls get the last spaces.

Prices are subject to change and deposits are transferable, not refundable. Transfer paid 30 days prior is $45, shorter notice $75.  Transfer after a class is over if allowed starts at $125. An additional  show of commitment for what ever 2nd transfer class is chosen of $25 is  if paid 60 days in advance or $50 if less than 60 days prior.  Special  exception must be requested [approval is not guaranteed] if transfer is desired after one year when credit expires. If credit card and or online payment is used add 3%.

WE expect you to do 1 lesson a week minimum.  Deviations  are possible if discussed in advance. IF no lessons are completed in 30 days a reentry fee will be charged and extra work required IF WMO director allows reentry.  WMO works to help cooperative students. 

Per student costs may not include facility charges, travel expenses, books, handout materials and certifications fees.

Please contact us for suggested list of what to bring, local area information, current camping fee, non camping summer accommodations options and, of course, more detailed course information.

Class costs differ based on locations.

Paying for a class does not guarantee passing.

Prices subject to change and are quoted for early sign up [30-90 day in advance]

Deposits fully earned are transferable

$40 charged assessed if transferred less than 30 days in advance of scheduled class

3 weekend days are selected by class on 2 or 3 evening for 6 week evening classes

Occasionally students will not be passing at class end. WMO offers a pathway to such students  to complete class work. This work must be satisfactorily completed within 30 days following class. 

WMO is a veteran founded and veteran owned Colorado company with veteran instructors

                      University Student Evaluation system adopted by WMO 2003-


5 point grading rubric that students should refer to grade themselves on class evaluation is shown below.  Some classes will be asked to write this self evaluation on their 3 questions each 4 hr session. Your class will do more hands on [the most contentious classes maybe get 50 exercises and skills, the cooperative classes get 80+]  You can have more scenarios [record is 23] if all strive to be level 4 and level 5 students in your class.

5- Arrived to class on time making all sessions. Student demonstrated enthusiasm for class. Student volunteered to participate. Student was prepared. Student had completed assignments, reading, prior to class. Student tried as hard as possible. Student politely accepted instructor constructive comments. Student never argued in class. Student researched issues they felt to be different and brought same research privately to instructor. Student never took up class time with private issues. Student helped other students in many ways including keeping class smoothly on schedule. Student rarely shared personal experiences and if doing so asked instructors permission keeping sharing short and on topic. Student does detailed 5 lists asking for instructor review. Student uses all extra resources and asks for more.

4- Arrived to class on time missing no sessions. Student demonstrated enthusiasm for class, mostly. Student generally volunteered, but occasionally had to be called upon to help or participate. Student was mostly prepared. Student had completed most or all of the assignments outside of class. Student tried hard most of the time. Student occasionally helped other students including occasionally helping class move forward on schedule. Student tried to share a little to often. Student uses all extra resources. Student does detailed 5 lists.
3- Student came to class on time or very close, missing one session. Student was generally cooperative, not necessarily enthusiastic. Student would sometimes volunteer, but generally needed to be called on to participate. Student was somewhat or partially prepared. Student had done most of assignment. Student tried to be cooperative, but didn’t really try hard. Student didn’t bring supplies. Student is asked occasionally to save that discussion for break. Student uses some extra resources. Student does sketchy  5 lists

2- Student came late to class, more than 10 minutes and missed 2 sessions. Student was pleasant, but not enthusiastic. Student rarely was a volunteer. Student was talking during lecture, demo or when other students were talking to instructor. Student did little of the project. Student was there, but not really cooperative or attentive. Student looked bored or tired. Student didn’t bring supplies. Student often argues. Student uses very few extra resources. Student does not do 5 lists.

1-Student was late for class, more than 15 minutes, missed more than 2 sessions. Student was not pleasant or cooperative. Student did not volunteer and did not respond if called on. Student had a sullen attitude towards class, other students, or teacher. Student was talking during lecture, demo or when other students were talking to instructor. Student reacted poorly when corrected. Students work late or missing. Student fell asleep. Student does not help others. Student often wanted to talk taking class time. Student uses no extra resources. Student does not do 5 lists. (These behaviors could result in student being asked to leave class, temporarily or permanently).


Wilderness First Responder/EMT Module Detailed Description

Our most popular class - no prerequisites required

Exceeds DOT EMR (Emergency Medical Responder) curriculum with a wilderness emphasis. For the professional guide or the self-sufficient active backcountry person. The current EMT will find this is a good review with the majority of the course designed towards wilderness protocols, improvisations and long term transport.Course Hours: 76 hours 

WFR Recertification


  • 24 hours class (Testing afterwards)
  • Complete professional 2 people CPR, concurrently or no more than 6 months previously.
  • Pass WMO written recert exam scoring 80% or higher.

This can be done by taking:
1. Intermediate wilderness first aid
2. Advanced wilderness First aid
3. AWFA distance learning - Call for details and see distance learning here on web site
4. 24 hours of a WFR class
5.  WALS
6. Private instructor time (Higher price - Call for pricing)
If the student takes 32 hours in method 2 or 3 above and scores less than 80% there is no retest fee. There is a retest fee for less than 32 hours and scores lower than 80%. Cost as of 3-15 is $235 tuition (early registration within 2 years of cert date) plus $65 books and materials. Cost increases if over 2 years and not previously a WMO grad or grad from other POME member school. Call for more precise price. Students can recertify with most other schools who meet the Professional Outdoor Medical Educators [POME] and or Wilderness Medical Society minimum standards. Some schools like WMI might not always give a final exam and may not meet POME standards, so a $50 charge is added before recertification card can be issued and a proctored exam must be arranged. You must have a Professional Rescuer CPR card that is no more than 6 mo old and send a 25 $ fee if it is a non POME school member who gives a final test. You must score over 80%. Please call for full details.


Wilderness First Aid 24 hr

(this also recerts AWFA - a recert fee is added to this class for WFR which includes CPR)


Boy Scout Leader Approved, American Camping Association Approved

Recertifies WFR

Classroom instruction and outdoor practice scenarios designed for junior camp counselors, beginning backpackers or mountaineers.Course Hours: 24 hoursCost: $255 [if 30 days in advance $275 later] & $39 Material Fee

Advanced Wilderness First Aid - AWFA


Boy Scout Leader Approved, American Camping Association Approved

Recertifies WFR

Qualifies for most levels of guide licenses including Utah Class 1 River

The basic guides course. Includes lots of information with basic anatomy and physiology Course Hours: 32 to 55 hrs Cost: $375 to $575

Wilderness First Aid (Basic)

Boy Scout Leader Approved, American Camping Association Approved

Practice with expanded explanation and time for questions and answers. Good for the overnight backpacker, camper, or parent.Course Hours: 16 hoursCost: $175 30 days in advance $210 later. Book(s), Material Fee also applies and varies from season to season.

FAWM [Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine]

Combining WMO WFR/WEMT and WALS gives 65 hours alone. Plan on taking some of WMOs other distance learning or on site classes and combine that work with WMO experience credit service opportunities and you have 80 to 90 % of your Fellow degree in about one year!!Course Hours: several courses involvedCost and availability: This varies so call and speak to WMO director Carl Weil Leave No Trace - TrainerThis course prepares the student to teach instructors or students the skills and practices of low impact backcountry activity.Course Hours: May include 1 day classroom with 2 to 3 days practical backpacking trip.Cost: $175 to $250

Introduction to Wilderness Medicine

A brief backcountry medicine overviewCourse Hours: 8 hoursCost: $75 Book(s), Material Fee also applies and varies from season to season.

Wilderness Advance Life Support - WALS - Expeditionary Medicine

(WFR or acceptable advanced skill Required)

Call for more detailsCourse Hours: 40 hoursCost: $795 if paid 90 days in advance ($895 standard) plus $195 Lab and materials fee


The instructors we seek have some medical [EMT?], some educational, some outdoors experience. They are clean cut [washed, combed, neat beard or shaved, tidy] in general professional looking. Those who pitch in and volunteer to help more are our favorite candidates. Their pay is very good if they are really involved.

This three day, 24 Hr. class will start you on, or improve you in your outdoor education career.  Elementary to specific details will be taught. Following the instructor class, students will actually teach a 3 day basic wilderness first aid class under a senior instructor.
Base price for all of this is $300 in groups of 2 or more. $400 if private class. You are welcome to call for details at (303) 688-5176

This class is limited to a small group of usually 6 and is normally offered only once per year. Applications are taken throughout the year.
While this class is designed as a wilderness medicine class the content is applicable to most outdoor experiential based courses. Wilderness medicine instructor candidates are given preference but non-medicine instructors will be accepted.

Course Hours: 24 hours Cost: $225 tuition $95 books and materials fees

Blended Learning

Distance Learning


Distant Learning - WMO offers 2 courses and several topical lessons

Advanced Wilderness First Aid - Standard Wilderness First Aid see WFA 20 - see this course under Distance learning

Specific topics; Anaphylaxis Recognition and Treatment - Boots and Feet - Wound closure - Sam splint use - Femur Traction - WMS history - Water treatment

[Please see distance learning "top bar" also see 2 min video, button on home page]

WFA 20 - Course Hours: 20 hours

AWFA - Course Hours: 48 hoursWFA 20- Cost: $220 ($250 March - Sept)
$355 (If signed up within 48 hours of first call $395 if later, Books and Materials are $200 additional)


Basic Life Support or CPR Professional Rescuer - WMO offers this separately or with WFA, AWFA or WFR course includes AED and can include Oxygen administration as well as EPI Auto injection for Anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis Recognition and Treatment. A manikin can be provided for each participant or for each pair as requested. Great for any office personnel, Dental, Medical, Business, Service personnel--taught on their schedule to help all pass in minimal time.

Advanced Life Support often done for Dentists specializing in sedation.- Equipment brought to your Office or Location.

BLS-4 hours-$35 & up ACLS by arrangement $95 & up Cost: depends upon number trained when and where, Books and Materials and Cards included