The Certification Committee has established the following requirements for determining eligibility to sit for the WCC Certification Examination. Effective November 1, 2018, NAWCO implemented the eligibility requirements as listed below to determine a candidate’s eligibility. Review previous eligibility criteria HERE.
The chart below shows the options and eligibility requirements needed to sit for the Wound Care Certified certification exam. Review the information to see which option best suits your experience and education.
*ADDITIONAL FEES APPLY FOR SKIN AND WOUND MANAGEMENT COURSES OFFERED BY EDUCATION PROVIDERS. (Click here for Certification Committee criteria)
NAWCO will require proof of completion of training by way of the Certificate of Completion awarded upon completion of the course.
REFER TO THE WCC Candidate Exam Handbook FOR COMPLETE DETAILS.
Complete the NAWCO Online Application for the WCC certification examination.
Upon passing the WCC certification exam, candidates may use the initials “WCC”, Wound Care Certified, 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.
On May 10, 2019, the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) granted accreditation to the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy Wound Care Certified (WCC) Certification for demonstrating compliance with the NCCA Standards for the Accreditation of Certification Programs. The accreditation is valid for 5 years. NCCA is the accrediting body of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence. The NCCA Standards were created in 1977 and updated in 2016 to ensure certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry. The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy joins an elite group of more than 130 organizations representing over 315 programs that have received and maintained NCCA accreditation. More information on the NCCA is available online at www.credentialingexcellence.org/NCCA or by calling 202/367-1165.