What are your cancellation policies?

  • Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) Course Cancelation. DMM reserves the right to cancel a course at any time. In this instance, we will contact all students and issue a full refund.
  • Tuition & Student Registration. Full payment must be received to be considered a registered participant.*
  • Student Cancelations. Cancelations must be properly communicated to the DMM office. The timing of the cancelation notification in reference to the course start date will determine whether tuition fees are: refunded, credited or forfeited. 

Start date for traditional courses = 1st day of classroom section. Start date for hybrid courses = 1st day of online course section.

Notification deadlines are as follows:

  • Cancellation notification made more than 30 days before the course = Full refund, less $25 administration fee.
  • Cancellation notification made within 30 days up to 48 hours before the course = Full credit, redeemable with DMM for up-to one year of the original course start date.
  • Cancellations notification or no notification within 48 hours of course start = Forfeit of tuition payment.*

*Exceptions certainly exist. Please contact DMM with special inquiries.

Does my certification count as a license?

No. Certifications from Desert Mountain Medicine do not constitute a license of any sort under any state’s law.

How long does my certification last?

Three years (no grace period):

  • WFR
  • WRC
  • WAFA
  • W-Upgrade
  • EM
  • CPR


Two years (no grace period):

  • WFA
  • CPR
  • WAT

I earned my WFR certification through a different company, but I want to recert with Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM). Can I do this?

Yes, you can register for a Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) WRC as long as your certification is still valid (not within your grace period). Upon successful completion you will receive a DMM WRC valid for 3-years.

Can I recertify my WFR with any wilderness medicine company?

Yes, you can register for a WFR Recertification Course (WRC) with any wilderness medicine provider as long as your certification is valid (not expired).

I’m expired but within my grace period. Can I take a Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) WFR or WAFA Recertification Course (WRC)?

The short answer is yes, you may take a DMM WRC if you are expired but within your grace period. However, DMM’s certifications do not observe grace periods, so upon successful completion of our WRC, you will receive a ‘letter of completion’ from DMM. You then present that letter to the company of your original certification, and they will issue you your recertification. Not all companies honor completion letters equally. Please contact DMM about your specific situation for further clarification.

I lost my certification card. How do I get a new one?

If you have taken class with us before November 2016 please contact us directly via email  [email protected]

If you have taken a class after November 2016 your completion cards can be found in your student account on our website. Click on the “student” login on the homepage.

How are certifications delivered to me after my course?

Students who gain a certification from Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) will have access to their certification cards on DMM’s website. Physical copies are not provided. 

Am I guaranteed a certification when I take a Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) course?

No. DMM reserves the absolute right to fail any student who does not, in the instructor’s sole opinion, demonstrate the standard understanding of the material, and the standard mastery of the techniques and skills necessary to be certified by DMM for the course the student is taking. No refund will be given by DMM in such a case.  

What is the WMEC?

Wilderness medicine is a growing field with many different providers offering courses. Because there is no national certifying body governing the teaching and certification of WFR and other wilderness medicine classes, WFRs have historically varied in content and skills from provider to provider. To address the inconsistencies among providers, experienced wilderness medicine educators, including DMM’s Nadia Kimmel, came together to form the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative (WMEC). 

The WMEC collaborates and write scope of practice (SOP) documents for WFA, WAFA and WFR and work together to move the instruction and practice of wilderness medicine forward. The WMEC is not a governing or accrediting body for wilderness medicine, thus providers are not obligated to meet the SOP set forth by the WMEC. So, there can still be variation among course curricula and providers.