1. Where can
I find review textbooks, courses or seminars on the CWCA™
The AAWM is legally restricted from providing review materials
for any of our examinations.
2. Who is eligible to take the CWCA™
Any licensed healthcare professional with at least three
years of clinical experience is eligible to take the CWCA™
examination. You must also have a minimum of a high school
3. How much is the first-time exam fee?
How much is the re-test fee?
The first-time exam fee is $300.00 mailed directly to AAWM
by the early registration date. Any exam post-marked after this date is subject to an additional $50.00 fee. No applications will be accepted after the late registration date.
The re-test fee is $150.00 mailed directly to AAWM before
your exam date.
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4. Does AAWM offer courses to help me prepare
for the exam?
At this time, the CWCA™ 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, is developing wound care courses.
5. 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 exists,
you will need to send all copies of any licenses, certifications,
diploma, or any proof that you attended the school.
6. Can individuals outside of the United
States sit for the Board Certification Examination?
At this time, we offer the exam to any health professional
licensed in the United States and Canada who has had the required
amount of wound care experience. Testing locations are only
offered in the United States.
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7. 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 3 hour exam time within
the 2 week testing period.
8. 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 Corporaton. Please do not call AAWM to find out your
9. Do I receive a certificate and ID card
after passing the CWCA® examination?
Yes, upon passing the exam, you will receive your complimentary
certificate in the mail. 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.
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10. How is this certification useful to
me as a healthcare professional?
As a healthcare professional, the CWCA™ 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.
11. When do I re-register?
Re-registrations are mailed in January of each year. The
re-registration fee is $150.00 annually.
12. 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 re-registration form.
13. 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
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14. 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.
15. As a CWCA™, what initials am
I allowed to place after my name and when am I allowed to
Once you pass the CWCA™ Exam you are an Associate
of the AAWM and you can use the initials "CWCA"
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.
16. 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 for review.
17. Do you have a mailing list?
Yes, we offer a mailing list of our current Associates.
The mailing list fee is $100 for CWCAs and $1,500 for non-CWCAs.
The list is available in hard-copy mailing labels only.
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18. 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 position opens.
19. 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.
20. When do I re-certify?
Each Associate will recertify 10 years after their certification
date. The re-certification process requires you to complete
a self-assessment examination. The re-certification fee is
$300.00. Associates must achieve a passing score on the assessment
(approximately 80%). If Associates 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 CWCA™
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.
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