Guide Certifications
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W. P.
(uriah034) - F

Locale: South
Guide Certifications on 07/06/2011 22:09:08 MDT Print View

I am thinking about getting a guide certification(s) for backpacking. I have some experience guiding, but would like to put some credentials with my experience. Most of this would be for my enjoyment of having these certifications, but also to give people more confidence when I guide hikes for different groups. So, what are some of the more common or reputable backpacking/hiking certifications? Also, what kind of first aid certifications are out there. Thanks.

John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Guide Certifications on 07/07/2011 07:05:59 MDT Print View

NOLS course and becoming a wilderness first responder.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Ski Patrol 1st aid on 07/07/2011 16:19:18 MDT Print View

The NAtionalski Patrol has the Outdoor Emergency Care course and book. It's nearly teh same as the standard EMT book but with winter and other ourdoor specific additions.

The 40 hour course is around $75. I think.

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(biointegra) - MLife

Locale: Puget Sound
Re: Guide Certifications on 07/07/2011 16:29:31 MDT Print View

WMI (NOLS) WOFR [link]

I have done this course 3 times over the years, and have benefited greatly. It is basically the same course material & similar test as EMT + it is of course wilderness oriented; 80 hours.

Edited by biointegra on 07/07/2011 20:24:14 MDT.

Carter Hunt
(TheChamp) - F

Locale: Portland, OR
- on 07/08/2011 12:48:00 MDT Print View

Avalanche and glacier rescue courses if you will be travelling in that terrain. Taking a NOLS course is not a certification - get a guiding job and accumulate days worked or simply keep a log of personal days that documents your experience.