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Winter 5-Day Wilderness First Aid Certification – Colorado

Get your wilderness first aid AND CPR certification while learning about how to set up an emergency clinic, in this winter scenario-driven 5-day course.

Learn life-saving first aid skills that can help you when there is no higher care … in a post-disaster situation, if you’re the only person available when someone gets injured, or if you want to help out at an emergency herbal clinic set up in a time of natural disaster…

You will leave with a CPR certification as well as a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid certification issued by ECSI in addition to two textbooks, and optional access to an online post-disaster herbal medicine course.  There are 40 hours of on-site training and an additional (optional) 8-week course as an add-on option.

First Aid Skills Taught in the 5-Day Winter Wilderness First Aid Certification

  • Primary and secondary survey
  • Extrication – Field expedient methods for moving a victim, basic knot/lashing concepts
  • Diagnosing and treating a wide variety of trauma and life-threatening situations
  • Splinting & bandaging plus ankle and knee stabilization for walking
  • High altitude injuries, heat and cold injuries
  • Disease and infection
  • Snake and insect bites & stings
  • Shock
  • Head injuries
  • Water purification & fluid replacement
  • First Responder planning, building first aid kits and more
  • Water rescue, extrication & evacuation
  • Immersion & submersion injuries and incidents
  • Basic rope & knot work for water environments
Herbal First Aid subjects include:
  • Fundamental herbal care concepts – the necessary shift in thinking
  • Wound Care and Infection Management using herbs
  • Injury, shock, pain and herbs
  • Respiratory herbal first response
  • Gastrointestinal herbal first response
  • Urinary herbal first response
  • Planning, preparing and administering herbs
Hands-on training and practice is emphasized very strongly throughout this 5-day intensive.
The certification testing for ECSI is both hands-on (done as teams) and a written test.
Wilderness first aid certification is provided by ECSI, which is created, endorsed and underwritten by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).
A national ECSI certification card is issued which is valid for 2 years.
Prerequisites: none.

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Tuition cost for 5-Day Winter WFA certification course:
Early Bird tuition is $475. (Online processing fees apply) Only 7 spots available at this price!
Early Bird Check/Money Order Discount: $475 (No processing fees)
Early Bird Cash Discount: $430

Regular tuition is $550. (Online Processing fees apply)
Check/Money Order Discount: $550 (No processing fees)
Cash Discount: $495

Bundled tuition for 5-Day Winter WFA certification and 8-week online SHTF Herbal Medicine course:
Early Bird bundle pricing is $545 (Online processing fees apply)
Early Bird check/money order discount: $545 (No processing fees)
Early Bird Cash Discount: $490

Regular tuition is $625 (Online processing fees apply)
Check/Money Order Discount: $625 (No processing fees)
Cash Discount:$565


Location: Lafayette, CO at the Colorado School of Clinical Herbalism campus.

LODGING: students are responsible for their own accommodations during this course.
This tuition for this course includes two books:
  • “Wilderness First Aid: Emergency Care for Remote Locations” 3rd Edition, Jones & Bartlett Press
  • “The Herbal Medic” Practical use of herbs for home, remote or post-disaster environments, by Sam Coffman

Please be aware of our cancellation/transfer policy. There are no refunds or transfers for this course.

To pay with Venmo, E-invoice, check or money order, please contact us here:


Dates: This is a 4 week online course beginning on January 30th, 2023.

All course materials can be downloaded for personal future reference and use.

*Shipping of the poster is included for free with course tuition within the US. A digital copy will be provided to students outside of the US.

The online classroom access will close 4 weeks after the last week of class. Access will close on March 31st, 2023.

Registration closes on February 13th, 2023.

Course Hours: 16 contact hours for Physiology and Plant Science as well as Austere Medicine.


If you are located outside of the US, you will receive a digital copy of the poster that is being mailed out to students that you can have printed!

Early Bird Tuition: $70, available until 1/1/23 (Online processing fees apply.)

Early Bird Venmo/Check/Money Order/E-invoice Discount: $70 until 1/1/23 (No processing fees)


Regular Tuition: $90 (Processing fees apply)

Venmo/Check/E-invoice/Money Order Discount: $90 (No processing fees)

This is a 4-week online course that can be taken anywhere that you have an internet connection. You do not need to be in our area to participate.