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The Certification Committee has established the following requirements for determining eligibility to sit for the AWCC Certification Examination.

The chart below shows the options and eligibility requirements needed to sit for the Advanced Wound Care CertifiedTM certification exam. Review the information to see if you meet the experience and education requirements.

The NAWCO Certification Committee has established criteria that must be met by education providers to ensure that the domains and the objectives of the certification examination are covered. At this time the established criteria has been met by Healiant Wound Training Solutions.  


NAWCO will require proof of completion of training by way of the Certificate of Completion awarded upon completion of the course.


Complete the NAWCO® Online Application for the AWCCTM certification examination.


Upon passing the AWCC™ certification exam, candidates may use the initials AWCCTM, Advanced Wound Care CertifiedTM, 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.

Objectives of Certification:

The objectives of the certification are to promote consumer protection and confer peer and public recognition to those individuals who prove proficient in their practice. The objective of the AWCC certification is to provide assurance to the public by promoting the delivery of safe and effective skin and wound management by:

  • Recognizing formally those individuals who demonstrate proficiency and mastery of essential knowledge, expertise, and advanced skills in skin and wound management above basic certification.
  • Providing a standard of knowledge required for advanced certification based upon clinical practice recommendations and other evidence based practice and research in the field of skin and wound management.
  • Establishing and measuring the level of knowledge required for certification in advanced skin and wound management.
  • Promoting continued professional growth in skin and wound management.

Applicants for the NAWCO® AWCCTM certification examination must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Hold an active unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/ Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, Physician or Physician Assistant.
  2. Current active certification with National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO®) as a “WCC®”, Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB®) as a “CWCN®”, “CWON®” or “CWOCN®” or current active certification with American Board of Wound Management (ABWM®) as a “CWS®” “CWCA®” or “CWSP®”.
  3. Must meet each of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Education: Graduate of advanced wound training course
      • The course must be relevant to the the AWCC exam domains
      • The course must be a minimum of 20 hours of coursework delivered online or live
    • Experience: Have completed 1 year of full-time or 2 years of part time experience in an approved professions with ongoing, active involvement in the care of wound care patients or in wound management, education, or research directly related to advanced wound care.
  4. Applicants must agree to adhere to the NAWCO® Code of Ethics.
  5. Completion of application and required supporting documentation. Payment of required fees.
  6. Receive passing score on the NAWCO® AWCCTM Examination.