WCC® Certification FAQs

Question:

I am interested in taking the exam to become wound care certified. What do I need to do?

Answer:

First, you need to determine your pathway options. Refer to the chart below. You may also use our online eligibility checker. Once you determine your pathway,  you will need to complete the exam application and pay the required fees. Click this Apply Online link or click the blue Apply Online button at the top of the homepage.

WCC certification chartCandidate Exam Handbook

Question:

I have been approved to take the NAWCO WCC®  Certification Exam at a PSI testing center. How do I schedule that exam?

Answer:

You will receive an email from PSI testing centers and that email will contain information on scheduling your examination at your convenience, using their online system.

Question:

At a PSI Test Center may I skip questions and go back to answer those questions later?

Answer:

Yes, as long as you have time remaining and do not close out of the exam.

Question:

I failed the WCC Certification Exam. Can I take it again?

Answer:

Any exam candidate can take the exam a total of 4 times. Time limits apply, please see the WCC Candidate Exam Handbook for full details. The fee for each exam attempt is $300 + a $30 application fee.

To apply for the WCC re-exam, click the APPLY ONLINE link or go to the NAWCO home page and click the blue Apply Online button at the top of the page.

Question:

I am a Surgical Assistant working with wound care patients. Am I eligible to become certified as a WCC?

Answer:

At the present time, only those professions listed are eligible:
Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Podiatrist, Physician or Physician Assistant.

Question:

How can you certify different types of professionals with the same examination and credential, since they all practice at different levels?

Answer:

Certificants must practice within the scope of their professional license. This is true regardless of the type of specialty certification, or the organization awarding it. So being wound care certified does not supersede the scope of practice of your basic professional license.

Question:

I would like to know if wound care certification is included in the ANCC® certifications?

Answer:

The ANCC offers their own certifications in various nursing specialties, but they do not offer one in the specialty of wound care.

Question:

Is the WCC credential a Magnet-recognized certification?

Answer:

WCC is on the Magnet-recognized list of national certifications included in the Demographic Data Collection Tool™ (DDCT).