Lapsed Credential

The chart below shows the different pathway options available to reinstate a lapsed credential. Review the information to determine which option you will qualify for to reinstate your credential.


Reinstatement of Lapsed Credentials 


Reinstatement of lapsed credentials is not the same process as recertification. Requirements for reinstatement of lapsed WCC credentials include all of the following criteria:

  1. Active unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physical Therapist, Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Physician Assistant, or Physician.
  2. Previous WCC certification.
  3. Active involvement in the care of wound care patients, or in management, education or research directly related to wound care for at least two (2) years full-time or four (4) years part-time within the past five (5) years.
  4. All candidates must agree to abide by the NAWCO Code of Ethics
  5. Completion of application.
  6. Payment of required fees. $380.00 for reinstatement of certification and a $300.00 late fee.  (Total $680.00)
  7. Choice of one of the following pathways:
    • Successful completion of a skin and wound management training course.
    • Receive passing score on certification exam within two (2) years or four (4) attempts (whichever comes first) of credentials lapse. (IF THIS PATHWAY IS CHOSEN AND YOU ARE UNSUCCESSFUL, YOU CANNOT CHANGE PATHWAYS)
    • Complete the Continuing Education Verification Form. (A minimum of 60 contact hours per requirements must be documented).
      • Submit copies of original “certificates of completion” forms from each continuing education program entered on your continuing education verification form.
      • Certificate of completion forms must include your name, date, program title, provider, approved accrediting organization, and the number of contact hours awarded.
  8. A WCC that successfully meets the requirements of the chosen and accepted pathway, within 2 years of the credential lapsing, will maintain their original certification number.
  9. A WCC that does not successfully meet the requirements within 2 years of the credential lapsing, will receive a new certification number when all eligibility criteria have been met.

Apply online to reinstate your lapsed credential.