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 (obtained from WFR, WRC, W-up, or EM courses)


Two years (no grace period):

  • WFA
  • CPR (obtained from WFA course)
  • 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 are eligible to register for a Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) WRC as long as your certification is still valid. Upon successful completion of the DMM WRC, you will receive a DMM certifications. Please contact us for details, or if your current certification is expired, or came from an online-only course. 

Do DMM Certifications provide Reciprocity to other Wilderness Medicine Schools?

Yes, your Desert Mountain Medicine (DMM) certifications will be recognized by all other schools. Therefore, earning a WFR from DMM makes you eligible for a future WFR Recert Course (WRC) with any school in the industry.

FYI – as a member school of the Wilderness Medicine Education Collaborative (WMEC), DMM collaborates with other schools in wilderness medicine.  

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


If your WFR is expired, yet you are still inside your ‘grace period’, you are eligible for a DMM WRC. Upon successful completion of the DMM WRC, you will be issued DMM Certifications (WFR-Recert, CPR, WAT). The WFR-Recert and CPR certifications earned in a WRC course are valid for 3 full years (no grace period). The WAT certifications are valid for 2 full years (no grace period). Contact us for more details. 

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

Your certifications are securely hosted in your student account.


If you have taken class with us before July 2020: 

  1. go to: 
  2. select ‘LOGIN’ at the top/right
  3. follow steps for a missing password, using your email address as your username


If you have taken a class after July 2020: 

  1. go to: 
  2. select ‘LOGIN’ at the top/right
  3. follow steps for a missing password, using your email address as your username

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. 

To access your certifications, login to your student account:

  1. go to: 
  2. select ‘LOGIN’ at the top/right
  3. follow steps for a missing password, using your email address as your username

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.