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1. Where can I find review textbooks, courses or seminars on the CWCA™ exam?

The AAWM is legally restricted from providing review materials for any of our examinations.

2. Who is eligible to take the CWCA™ examination?

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 diploma.

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 score.

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 the office.

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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 do so?

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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