If you did not pass the CWCA®, CWS®, or CWSP® exam and would like to re-test, please submit this form to the ABWM office a minimum of 15 business days prior to your desired testing date.

Candidates who wish to retake an exam must wait 30 days after their previous exam date before their new three-month eligibility window begins. Candidates may submit a Re-Test Application Form prior to the end of the 30-day waiting period; the new three-month eligibility window will start 30 days after their previous exam date. Candidates who wish to re-test more than three times will need to provide documentation of 20 CEUs in wound care for each exam attempt. Candidates may submit a Re-Test Application to retake an exam for up to 2 years from their original exam date.

Fill out the form from your computer. Then print, sign, and submit via email (in PDF form) or mail.

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10-Year Recertification

All Associates and Diplomates of the ABWM are required to recertify their credential every 10 years on or before the anniversary of their initial certification date. Please use this form if it has been 10 years since you last sat for your CWCA®, CWS® or CWSP® certification exam, and you wish to maintain your certification.

Fill out the form from your computer. Then print, sign, and submit via email (in PDF form) or mail. You will be given a 90-day window to schedule and sit for your exam upon processing. Your three-month eligibility window will begin immediately upon application approval. Do not submit your application until you are prepared for your three-month eligibility window to begin. Window extensions will not be granted.

To learn more about the ABWM policies related to recertification, please view the Renewal & Recertification Handbook.

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Special Accommodations

The American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and strives to ensure that no individual with a disability (as defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment) is deprived of the opportunity to take the examination solely by reason of that disability. The ABWM will provide reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities.

Verification of the disability and a statement of the specific type of assistance needed must be made in writing to the ABWM at the time  of  application by  completing the Special Accommodations Request Form. The ABWM will review the submitted forms and will contact you regarding the decision for accommodations.

All requests and letters of verification will be kept confidential. Please contact the ABWM at (202) 457 8408 or with any questions.

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ABWM Appeals Policy

This form outlines the appeals process for adverse decisions affecting certification as a CWCA®, CWS®, or CWSP®.  The following adverse decisions affecting eligibility or certification by the American Board of Wound Management are subject to appeal: adverse administrative decisions, adverse substantive decisions, and adverse disciplinary decisions.

NO APPEAL may be taken from an adverse decision based on an individual’s receipt of a failing grade on an ABWM examination absent extraordinary circumstances, as determined solely by the ABWM.

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ABWM Disciplinary Policy

This form contains information regarding disciplinary actions based on irregular behavior, fraudulent credentials, legal, regulatory, or credentialing action, or documented allegations of misconduct.

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International Testing Addendum Form

Please use this form if you wish to sit for the CWS® or CWSP® exam at a testing center outside of the United States. Submit this form with your Application or Re-Test Application form. You will indicate your preferred testing location when scheduling your exam with our testing company Pearson VUE. Scheduling is subject to availability.

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Retirement Status

Use this form to apply for Retirement Status with the ABWM. Applicants must meet all qualifications for Retirement Status.

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