Recertifying your SOLO training is not difficult – we offer numerous ways for you to stay current. However, you must begin the process before your certification expires. Courses and enrollment are limited, so please don’t wait until the week before your card runs out to begin the recertification process! Check your card, check your schedule, and sign up early. If you are travelling for an extended period, or cutting things too close, call SOLO before your certification expires to see what your options are 603-447-6711. There are no recertification courses for Wilderness First Aid, International First Aid, and Advanced Wilderness First Aid. To stay current, you must repeat each course.
WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER (WFR) & INTERNATIONAL WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER
WFR certification is good for three years. You have three options for recertifying:
- Take SOLO’s 2-day, WFR Refresher course. You must pass a written exam (70%) and provide proof of current CPR certification. See WFR Review course dates.
- Take a SOLO WFA course. You must pass a written exam (70%) and provide proof of current CPR certification. There will be a $15 recertification fee. See WFA course dates.
- Participate in a state-authorized EMT/First Responder Refresher Training Program, plus, the SOLO 1-day Wild Day. You must pass a written exam (70%) and provide proof of current CPR certification.
WILDERNESS EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN (WEMT)
SOLO WEMT certification lasts two years. Recertifying your WEMT may have up to three steps:
- Recertify your EMT in the state in which you work (if applicable).
- Recertify your National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) certification (if applicable).
- Recertify the wilderness portion of your SOLO WEMT.
Because WEMT recertification depends on meeting state, national, and SOLO criteria, the process is complex, please read the next sections carefully.
Each state handles their EMTs differently. In order to practice emergency medicine as an EMT, you will need to become licensed in the state in which you live or work. Contact your state’s department of EMS, tell them you are a National Registry EMT (see below), and ask them about the procedures for both state licensure, and recertification. Do not tell them that you are a Wilderness EMT-most states do not recognize the wilderness designation (or they treat it as a continuing education module), and it will just confuse matters.
NATIONAL REGISTRY EMT
All successful SOLO WEMT students will get a NREMT card, which is a two year certification. All NREMT cards expire in March. In the fall before your card expires, the NREMT will send you a recertification packet. (If you do not receive the packet by December, call them at 614-888-4484.) If you have moved since your original certification, please notify the NREMT, or they will mail your recert package to the wrong address. To recertify, you will need to prove that:
- Your Healthcare Provider CPR certification is current (Heartsaver does not count).
- You have accumulated 48 hours of approved continuing education. (Please check with your local hospital, rescue squad, or ambulance squad to find out about CEU sources. If you have questions, contact the NREMT).
- You have completed a state-approved refresher course, or their equivalent.
- You have passed the requisite written and practical tests (if you live in a state that requires testing for recertifying EMTs).
Assuming your EMT certification is current, there are several options for recertifying your SOLO WEMT. (Your SOLO WEMT is only valid if your EMT certification is current.)
- Take a SOLO WEMT Refresher Training Program (RTP). This 3-day course runs at SOLO in the fall and winter. This course recertifies your NH & National Registry cards. You must also pass a practical EMT exam -which is typically not part of a SOLO RTP. It is up to you to take this exam outside of SOLO.
- Recertify your EMT independently and then take either a 2-day SOLO Wilderness First Responder Refresher, Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course, or a one-day Wild Day.
- See the paperwork in your original WEMT course materials for more information.