Wilderness First Aid & CPR Requirements

ACSKG certified guides must provide current approved wilderness first aid and CPR level C certificates.  Some first aid courses may include a lower level of CPR training; a CPR upgrade may be necessary.  View a comparison of the different levels of CPR.

Each certificate must include an expiry date.

Please determine if a course qualifies for ACSKG approval before registering on it.  Guides may encourage their preferred course provider to apply to the ACSKG.
View the Course Application Process.


Approved Wilderness First Aid Courses

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  Explorer course or Wilderness Emergency Response or Basic Wilderness First Aid Refresher or Advanced Wilderness First Aid Refresher

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Advanced Back-Country

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  NUEC 2

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  NUEC 3 or NUOFA 3

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  WAFA

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Wilderness First Responder

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  WAFA

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Wilderness First Responder

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  Adventure Medic

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Advanced Medic / WFR

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  50-Hour course

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  90-Hour course

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  AWFA

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Wilderness First Responder

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  Advanced WFA

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Wilderness First Responder

Minimum requirement for Assistant Guides:  Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid

Minimum requirement for Full Guides:  Not Applicable

The ACSKG recognizes recertifications and upgrades from approved courses if the certificate issued meets the minimum requirement listed above.


Course Application Process

Wilderness first aid course providers around the world are invited to apply for ACSKG approval.

To apply, please email us a list of worldwide agencies and organizations that recognize the wilderness first aid certificates issued.

Alternately, email us a link to the company web page where this information is listed.

Guides are urged to confirm a course qualifies for ACSKG approval before registering on it.


Occupational First Aid
OFA training is rigorous, yet the ACSKG only approves wilderness first aid courses specifically devoted to teaching patient care and evacuation techniques for wilderness environments:  ACSKG certified guides must hold approved and up-to-date wilderness first aid certification.

There is one ACSKG approved course that provides combined training in both OFA and WFA (wilderness first aid).  For details, please see:  Peak Emergency Response Training NUOFA 3

View additional information comparing OFA and WFA on the Wilderness Alert website.

Synopsis of ACSKG Operating Standards


If discrepancies exist between ACSKG printed material and material published on the ACSKG website, the online content will be considered valid.  The most up-to-date content is published at:  ACSKG.ca

October's Photo of the Month

Photo of the Month

Marine Weather Forecast

Marine Weather - Environment Canada

Association Resources

ACSKG.ca
Since 1994