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MFA Recert Information
This page is for people who need to recert an MFA badge that is still current or has expired within the past year. If you are taking MFA for the first time or your MFA badge expired more than a year ago, please click here.
The MFA Recert course is designed for folks who have taken an MFA class with the Mazamas in the past, but need to brush up on their skills or re-up their certification.
There are two ways to recertify your MFA. Both options require that your current MFA certification be no more than 1 year expired. If your MFA expired more than 1 year ago, you must retake the full course.
MFA Recert Options
Option 1: Attend a standalone MFA recert class and pass the written test with at least 80% correct. These standalone recert classes will be offered in December and in the late spring or summer. Climb Leaders, Provisional Climb Leaders and Leader Development Candidates are given preference for admission in this class.
Option 2: Volunteer to assist with an MFA course. There are two MFA courses offered each year, one in the fall and one in the winter. Climbers not involved in leadership for the Mazamas are given preference for admission in this class. You can use either course to recertify your MFA for FREE by committing to all of the following:
Register via the Mazamas website
Attend volunteer training night (see registration page for schedule)
Assist at 5 out of the 5 evening lectures (see registration page for schedule)
Assist both days of the MFA weekend session (see registration page for schedule)
Demonstrate patient assessment using the PAS for one of the First Aid Committee members or designee.
Pass the written test with at least 80% correct.
Make sure you have signed the volunteer agreement
You will demonstrate using the PAS either at the volunteer training night or at any lecture prior to the weekend. You will take the written test on Saturday during the weekend session.
This option replaces all previous methods to recert during the regular MFA class. This is a new policy the First Aid Committee is testing and it may be modified as needed to ensure an adequate training and learning experience.
Upcoming Class Info
We offer three recert classes a year; two in the winter and one in the spring.
Low – MFA Recert Course involves attending two evening lectures.
Moderate – Recertifying by assisting with a full MFA Course involves attending and helping with three or more lectures.
For 2019-20, the cost of the MFA Recert is $95 for members/$125 for non-members.
You must currently hold an MFA certification, or be within the one year grace period.
Ability to commit to the entire course schedule.
Insolite Pad (full body; required for patient assessment)
Knee pad (classroom has hardwood floors (optional))
Backpack with appropriate gear
Enrolling in this class involves an application process. After the application period is over, the course committee will select students and notify you if you have been accepted. This selection process usually takes one to two weeks.
Class size is limited. Acceptance priority for Mountaineering First Aid is as follows:
- Climb leaders and Climb Leadership Development candidates
- Intermediate Climbing School (ICS) students
- Other Mazamas activity leaders
- General interest, in order of date application is received
- Disclaimer: classes generally fill up fast. You may be placed onto a waitlist if the class is full.
All lectures occur at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, Holman Auditorium or a large meeting room, at 527 NE 43rd Avenue, Portland Ore.
Cancellations received more than 14 days in advance of the class start may request a refund less a $50 nonrefundable application fee.
Cancellations received 14 days or less and greater than 7 in advance of class start may request a 50% refund.
Cancellations received less than 7 days in advance, no shows, or withdrawals after the class begins will not be issued a refund.
Cancellations due to medical issues will be considered on a case by case basis and will require a doctor’s notification to be considered.