How To Reserve Your Spot

Download and complete the course paperwork:

Course paperwork is different for all certification courses we offer. Please refer to the specific certification web page and scroll to the bottom of the page to find the course paperwork specific to your course.

A minimum of the course deposit is required in order to reserve a spot on any course. Feel free to pay the full course tuition up front if you'd like.

Where to drop off/send course paperwork and deposit:

There are several ways to register for a course:

  1. Stop by the Student Recreation Center located on the Appalachian State University campus to drop of your course paperwork and pay by cash, check, or AppCard.
  2. Mail payment and course paperwork to: Eddie Simmons, University Recreation, 150 Bodenheimer Drive, Boone, NC 28608-2081

Please make checks payable to University Recreation. When payment has been received, our office will send an email confirmation of your reserved spot in the course. In order to reserve a spot on a certification course, the course deposit (at a minimum) and course paperwork must be turned in.

Our office will confirm that your course is running no later than 30 days before the start date. At that time, please feel free to make travel plans or purchase your plane ticket.


We accept cash, check, and AppCards. At this time, we are not accepting credit card payments. The deposit is non-refundable and non-transferrable upon payment. Any remaining tuition is due two weeks prior to the first day of the course.

Other Pertinent Information

Academic Course Credit

Appalachian State University's Recreation Management Department offers course credit for Wilderness First Responder.

Course credit is optional. Enrollment for this course can take place via AppalNet course registration. Payment for course may take place after AppalNet registration.

  • 3.00 credits for Wilderness First Responder (RM3155)

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship opportunities are available for the following courses: Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness First Responder Re-Certification, EMT Intensive, and Leave No Trace Trainer.

Medical Course Preparation

Be sure to bring a copy of your current certifications (if applicable). Also, prepare ahead for your written and practical exams for Wilderness First Responder and Wildernes First Responder Re-Certification.

Course Location

All courses will be held at Broadstone, except for Epinephrine Administration and CPR/AED, which will be held at the Student Recreation Center on the Appalachian State University campus. Broadstone's 35-acre property is located 10 minutes from the Appalachian State University campus.


Lodging is optional. Cabin space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any overnight stay is $20/night and grants access to the kitchen amenities and indoor showers and bathrooms located in the cabins.

Travel to and from Broadstone

We are located at 1431 Broadstone Road, Banner Elk NC. If you plan to fly or take a bus to Broadstone, please do not make reservations prior to 30 days before the course. You will receive a course confirmation email at 30 days, letting you know if the course is committed or canceled due to enrollment; at that time you may make your travel reservations. Your other option is to coordinate a ride with another student. When planning your departure from Broadstone, keep in mind that your course does not officially end until 5:00 p.m. It is 2-hour drive from Broadstone to the Asheville airport and 2.5 hours to Charlotte. We suggest that you give yourself at least a 2.5 hours buffer for departing evening flights or plan to stay overnight in Asheville/Charlotte and leave the following morning.

No Car at Broadstone?

We frequently have students attend our courses from all over the country, meaning many lack a car while here on Broadstone. Broadstone is not a pedestrian community (no sidewalks and miles from town), so it’s easy to share a ride and expenses with other classmates to grocery stores, clinical sites, trailheads, or river areas, all of which are easily accessible near Broadstone.

Transportation During Course

In courses that require travel to backcountry, trailheads, or river sites, participants are responsible for transportation. We may arrange carpools to sites together as a class. At all times we attempt to find suitable parking options; however, Broadstone assumes no responsibility for vehicles left unattended.


Are not included on any course. However, multiple refrigerators, stoves, a microwave and a coffee pot are available for student use. We recommend that you provide your own lunch during courses to maximize your lunch break. Many people bring their own breakfast and lunch and hit the town for dinner.


Please leave your animal companions at home. Due to allergies, the comfort of other people in your course, and neighbor relations, it is inappropriate to bring them. If a pet is with you upon arrival, we will direct you toward a kennel for the duration of the course. If this is unacceptable, you will be withdrawn from the course and cancelation policies will apply.


Broadstone courses are designed with outdoor recreationalists and professionals in mind. There is no phone or computer available for personal use at Broadstone. We do request that cell phones be turned off during class hours. Cell phone reception can be quite spotty here in the mountains, but is usually reliable in town, just ten minutes away. Wireless access is available in the lodge.

Down Time

Broadstone is also just ten minutes from downtown Boone and a variety of grocery stores, restaurants, and fast food places. Broadstone is located near some of the best trails for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking. We are minutes from various rivers for kayaking, tubing or fly fishing. Onsite, we have river access for fishing (please bring your fishing license), a bouldering cave (please bring your bouldering pad), and open space for walking/hiking. If you wish, come prepared to be active during your after-class free time. All recreational opportunities are at your own risk and Challenge by Choice!

For more information, contact Outdoor Programs, Eddie Simmons at or (828) 262-6584.