Third-party field training

If we are unable to tailor a course for your group, CPS may recommend training offered by other providers. Depending on your project’s field research requirements and the team’s experience, we may recommend training classes as described below.

Contact the CPS field risk manager or your science project manager for more information.

Wilderness First-Aid Training/Certification

Wilderness first-aid training is different from traditional first-aid training: Wilderness first-aid training prepares us for remote settings with challenging weather, unreliable communications and/or delayed medical or rescue support, limited equipment, and the need to make independent decisions on care and transport. As such it is also useful for situations in which medical services may be compromised by natural or other disasters.

We recommend any of the following certifications for researchers and/or their assistants.



Many providers offer these courses, so search for one in your area. We suggest you choose an organization that is a contributor or signatory to the Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Scope of Practice documents, such as:

  • WMI – Wilderness Medical Institute
  • WMA – Wilderness Medical Associates
  • SOLO
  • CWS – Center for Wilderness Safety
  • WMTC – Wilderness Medicine Training Center
  • Aerie
  • WMO – Wilderness Medicine Outfitters
  • RMI – Remote Medical International
  • Desert Mountain Medicine

Glacier Travel

If your project is working on glaciers where crevasses or steep terrain are a potential hazard, consider glacier travel or crevasse rescue types of training.

You could also look into hiring a mountaineer who could assist with your project and provide training and expertise on safety.

CPS can potentially help you with this training depending on location and timing. Otherwise, some organizations that provide glacier skills training are listed here:

  • ICMS – International Mountain Climbing School
  • RMI – Rainer Mountaineer Incorporated
  • AAI – American Alpine Institute

Swift Water Travel

If you are going to be working around rivers, having an understanding of how to work safely around rivers is important.  If you will be working on a boat, you will probably be best served by a swift-water rescue course from one of many providers. Some suggestions are listed here:

  • Rescue 3 International
  • PRI – Swiftwater-rescue

If you want to know how to safely work around or cross rivers by foot, CPS may be able to help you, or some of the swift-water rescue providers may customize a course for you.

Aviation Land and Water Survival School

Learn to Return Training Systems provides this intense look at methods and techniques for surviving aviation accidents in both small and large aircraft. During the two-day course, students experience land and water crash simulations to duplicate impact conditions. Find more information on the Learn to Return Training Systems website.

Please contact the Field Risk Manager with any questions.


Learning to apply a field splint.

Learning to apply a field splint.