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Ostomy Management Specialist® Certification

The chart below shows the different pathway options and eligibility requirements to sit for the Ostomy Management Specialist certification exam. Review the information to see which option best suits your experience and education. *IF CHOOSING TRAINING COURSE PATHWAY, ADDITIONAL COURSE FEE APPLIES FOR EDUCATIONAL PROVIDER. (Click here for certification committee criteria) REFER TO THE OMS CANDIDATE EXAM HANDBOOK FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. Complete the NAWCO online application for the OMS certification exam.


Upon passing the OMS certification exam, candidates may use the initials “OMS”, Ostomy Management Specialist to designate their status. Credentials are awarded for a five (5) year period. Prior to the expiration of the credentialing term, certificants are required to recertify with the NAWCO to maintain their credentials.