Who is eligible
to take the CWS examination?
AAWM has various criteria that we use
to determine who is eligible for the examination.
The handbook, which is available online
or can be mailed to you, clearly states our criteria.
Any licensed healthcare
professional with a Bachelors, Doctoral
or Master's degree in a life sciences related field who has three (3) or more years of clinical wound
care experience is eligable. This is documented through your
three letters of reference, resume, and application.
How much is the first-time exam fee? How
much is the re-test fee?
The first-time exam fee is $550.00 mailed directly
to AAWM before your exam date.
The re-test fee is $200.00 mailed directly to AAWM
before your exam date.
Does AAWM offer courses to help me prepare
for the exam?
At this time, the CWS® examination is a self-preparation
exam. We offer an outline of the exam in our Candidate
Handbook. The American College of Certified Wound Specialists™,
an organization that was formed in January 2005 and
works in conjunction with the AAWM, will be developing
wound care courses beginning in 2008. Candidates may
take these courses to help prepare them for the CWS®
exam. You may visit The College's website at www.theccws.org
for more information.
Where do I send my transcript?
Sealed and mailed from the school / university of your
highest level of education to your home. It must be mailed with your entire completed application. If your school no longer provides transcripts, you will need to send
all copies of any licenses, certifications, diploma,
or any proof that you attended the school.
What if I graduated from a university in
another country? A) Do you still need my
transcripts forwarded? B)
I do not have a sealed official copy of my transcript
or access to one.
If you have additional paper work proving your education,
for example from the ECFMG, then those materials will
suffice in place of your transcript. We also
require a $35.00 fee if you are unable to
provide the AAWM with your transcript.
Can individuals outside of the United States
sit for the Board Certification Examination?
At this time, we offer the exam to any health professional
who has had
the required amount of wound care experience.
Testing locations are only offered in the United States.
How will I know the exact location and time
of the exam site?
Once your application is processed and approved information on how to schedule a time at a local testing site will be sent to you by mail from our test administrators. You can then find the site and schedule a 4 hour exam time within the 2 week testing period.
When do I receive my exam scores?
You will receive your exam scores via mail four to
six weeks after your examination date, directly from
the Professional Testing Center. Please do not
call AAWM to find out your score.
May I have my test hand-scored?
Yes, you may request to AAWM in writing (fax, e-mail,
or mail) to have your test hand-scored if you think
there is a possibility your scores are incorrect.
We will forward your request on to PTC and they will
mail you their results.
Do I receive a certificate and ID card after
passing the CWS® examination?
Yes, upon passing the exam, you will receive your complimentary
certificate in the mail approximately three months after your
examination date. You must return your address/credentials
verification form to the AAWM before receiving your
certificate. You will also receive an ID card
and lapel pin approximately six weeks after your examination
date. We will mail you a replacement ID card if
you misplace it. You may order extra certificates
for $25.00 each.
How is this certification useful to me as
a healthcare professional?
As a healthcare professional, the CWS® credential
can allow you to obtain promotions, pay raises, greater
job opportunities, and personal pride. Please
contact the AAWM is you wish to be sent an advocacy
letter or if you wish to have one sent to your employer.
When do I re-register?
Re-registrations are mailed in January of each year. The re-registration
fee is $150.00 annually.
How many Continuing Education
hours do I need each year to remain certified?
Minimum of six (6) hours of CEUs are required each year
to stay certified. This information should be
mailed in with your re-registration form each year.
Your CEUs must be completed between the date of your
last re-registration payment and the date of your current
My certification has lapsed without my knowledge,
and I have received a letter stating that I have been
revoked. A) Why wasn’t I notified by
e-mail or phone? B) I did not receive any
notices prior to this. C) I wish to keep
credential. D) Is there anything I can do to keep
my certification, and do I have to retake the Board
You should have received three notices and a warning
letter by mail previous to the “Revocation Letter.”
Please contact the AAWM to check and see if we have
your correct address. Please contact the AAWM to
request your “re-instatement,” however,
you must provide your CEU information and send the AAWM
your yearly re-registration payment of $150.00.
I have recently changed addresses, but am
not sure which address you have. Can I change
this information online, or should I contact the AAWM?
You may update your address with us via e-mail or by
calling the office.
I am trying to choose a wound care education
seminar/conference to attend to brush up on my wound
care knowledge and obtain continuing education credits.
Which ones are the best?
The AAWM does not endorse any meetings or seminars listed.
As a CWS®, what initials am I allowed to place after my name and when am I allowed to do so?
Once you pass the CWS® Exam you are a Diplomate of the AAWM and you can use the initials "CWS" after your name on documents, websites, signatures, etc. We ask that when you place the "®" sign after the initials when referring to the credential in published works. You do not have to place the "®" after the initials next to your name.
Do you have a list of CWSs in __________
city or _________state?
Please visit the website (www.aawm.org) and click on
"Certified Wound Specialists" and search for
CWSs in a particular area of the country.
I have some questions I would like to submit
to be considered for use in future examinations.
How would I go about sending these in?
Please submit your exam questions to the AAWM office
via mail, fax or e-mail with your full name and address
and the questions will be forwarded to the Exam Committee
Do you have a mailing list?
Yes, we offer a mailing list of our current Diplomates.
The mailing list fee is $100 for CWSs and $1,500 for
non-CWSs. The list is available in hard-copy mailing
I would like to be on the Exam Committee,
but it always seems like it is full. How can I
participate in this committee?
Please call the AAWM office to request a position
on the Exam Committee and we will notify you when a
Can the AAWM answer questions about a specific
course of treatment or wound care product?
At this time the AAWM is strictly a certifying organization
only and cannot answer these types of questions.
When do I re-certify?
Each CWS® will recertify 10 years
after their certification date. The first group of CWSs
will re-certified in 2006. The re-certification
process requires you to complete a self-assessment examination.
The re-certification fee is $400.00. Diplomates must
achieve a passing score on the assessment (approximately
80%). If Diplomates do not successfully pass the self-assessment,
they must then register for and pay to take the next regularly
scheduled written examination. Failure of this
examination will result in revocation of their CWS®
certification. The testing agency, Professional Testing
Corporation, will forward the self-assessment examination
to you within two weeks of receiving your recertification
application. Re-certification applicants will
have up to 90 days after they receive the exam to return
it to PTC. It would be to your advantage to complete
the self-assessment as soon as it is convenient so as
not to inadvertently miss the deadline.
Back to Top^