WFR Instructor Training Course (WFR-ITC)

The WFR-Instructor Training Course is designed to familiarize qualified candidates with Desert Mountain Medicine’s (DMM) teaching philosophy, teaching techniques, and class management style. Instructor candidates will also cover the WFR industry standard “Scope of Practice” (SOP) and the DMM course curriculum, developed from the SOP.

After successful completion of the WFR-ITC (40 hours) and shadowing a Lead Instructor (LI) during a scheduled WFR course (80 hours), new instructors will be eligible to start teaching as part of an instructor team as an Assistant Instructor (AI).

DMM offers competitive compensation, continuing education, and the opportunity to be part of a team of highly qualified instructors in the field of outdoor education and wilderness medicine. DMM compensates instructors $150-$450 per teaching day; compensation will vary based on instructor status (assistant or lead instructor) and experience. 

120 Hours | Cost: $695

We are now accepting applications for our 2023 WFR ITC. Interested applicants should complete the ITC application and include a resume, which highlights their applicable experience. 

Application deadline: June 23rd, 2023

Interviews: Once all applications have been reviewed, selected applicants will be asked to send in a short video of themselves teaching a WFR topic and invited for an interview. The interview process will be completed by July 1st, 2023 and invitations to the ITC will be finalized shortly thereafter.

ITC Course Dates: August 27-30, 2023 in Leadville, CO.




  • Lead Instructor: Current WFR certification + MD, DO, NP, RN, PA, EMT, or WEMT 
  • Assistant Instructor: Current WFR certification
  • Current CPR
  • >2 years of teaching (outdoor ed preferred)
  • >3 years leading/guiding backcountry trips
  • Pre-hospital medical experience (ski patrol, SAR, ambulance, clinic, emergency dept., race medic, etc.)

Please contact us with questions:

[email protected] | 719.486.7260

WFR Instructor Training Course (WFR-ITC)

Provider: Desert Mountain Medicine at CMC Leadville
Format: Hybrid
Cost: $695