DWC® Application Process

Initial (First Time) DWC Certification Application

The DWC certification examination application and exam fees are NOT included with the Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course registration provided by the Wound Care Education Institute. You will need to register for the WCEI Diabetic Skin and Wound Management Course first- Click Here.  After your course registration is complete, you will then be directed to DWC Examination Application online to complete the application and payment for the DWC examination.

Upon receipt of the completed DWC examination application, the certification office will review the information and determine the applicant’s eligibility to sit for the examination.

An application is considered complete only if all information requested is complete, legible, and accurate. Sufficient wound care experience post basic wound care certification must be verified before eligibility approval will be given.

Within approximately 1-2 weeks of receipt of the certification examination application, a confirmation notice of eligibility with a unique authorization number will be sent to the candidate via email. Detailed instructions for course attendance (live instruction) and scheduling of your certification exam will be included with the eligibility notice.

DWC candidates who choose the (on-line) course will also receive detailed course instructions via email.

Applicants who are determined to be ineligible to sit for the exam may appeal the decision by submitting a written letter of appeal to the NAWCO® Certification Committee within 30 days of the eligibility decision. Applicants may request a copy of the appeal policy from the NAWCO.


  1. The NAWCO is notified by the testing company of all non-passing scores.
  2. The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy™ will contact you by email with instructions and an application for re-examination.
  3. Each re-examination application submitted must be accompanied by $330 fee.