AAWM American Academy of Wound Management
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Candidate Handbook / Application

The Certified Wound Specialist® Exam is offered in a continuous testing cycle starting February 5, 2012. Testing will be offered at 170 sites across the United States. A new Candidate Handbook and Application will be available for download in November 2011.



You will need Acrobat Reader to open the PDF files, and Microsoft Word to open the DOC files. NOTE: All application materials must arrive at the AAWM together in the same envelope by the application deadline.

What are the steps in applying to become a CWS®?

1. Complete the entire Application with all fields filled in with biographical information including social security number, and testing center application.

2. Provide a professional resume or curriculum vitae.

3. Provide personal statement, which details 3 years of clinical wound care experience and direct patient care.

4. Provide copies of professional licenses and board certifications.

5. Include three letters of reference sealed in original envelops. Letters should discuss wound care knowledge, skills, and expertise, and must document the required years of experience.

6. Read the AAWM code of ethics, and sign the statement on the application form, affirming adherence to this code.

7. Complete the checklist form by initialing next to each application item.

All application materials must arrive at the AAWM together in the same envelope by the application deadline. Packets that arrive with materials missing will be returned, thus delaying the application. Fedex and USPS certified mail is recommended. It is the soul responsibility of the candidate to ensure that all application materials arrive by the deadline.

Note: Effective April 9, 2010, AAWM no longer requires transcripts from the highest level of education obtained for the CWS® and CWCA® Exams!

Retesting? A new official CWS® Re-test application will be available in November 2011.

10 Year Recertification ? A new application will be available in November 2011.

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Why should you get your wound care certification through AAWM?

Walter Conlan, III
Florida Wound Care Doctors
Longwood, FL


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