FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Caoimhe Kenny, Director of Marketing
Due to the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABWM has amended its policies and procedures to allow for additional flexibility on 2020 recertifications and 2021 renewals. We hope this provides some small form of relief to the many CWCA®, CWS®, and CWSP® certified professionals working on the front lines of this crisis.
ABWM has extended all 10 Year Recertification deadlines until June 30, 2021. This means anyone due to sit for their 10 Year Recertification exam at any point in 2020 now has until June 2021 to schedule and sit for their exam.
The annual renewal deadline for 2021 has been extended from January 31st to March 31st, giving Diplomates and Associates an additional 2 months to submit CEUs and complete their annual renewal penalty-free. As ABWM staff continue to work from home, we ask that Associates and Diplomates pay their renewal fees online, as there may be delays in check receipt and processing.
Additionally, we are encouraging all applicants to submit any recertification, re-test and re-schedule forms via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. First time applications must be sent via regular mail, UPS or FedEx to 1800 M Street NW, Suite 400S, Washington DC 20036. Please refrain from sending applications via certified mail, as we have been experiencing some issues with this service.
Finally, the ABWM would like to congratulate the 370+ Associates and Diplomates who have passed certification and recertification exams so far in 2020. It is a significant achievement, particularly in such a tumultuous year.
“As a Director of Physical Medicine and Wound Care Services and licensed physical therapist, the ABWM’s multidisciplinary CWS® designation has been instrumental in expanding my career horizons. For providers who encounter the need for wound management in their daily work, the CWS® is a rigorous and respected certification. It indicates your knowledge encompasses the broad spectrum of wound management principles as well as the very specific expertise vital for optimal patient care.”
Gayle C. Lindsey, PT, MBA, MHSM, CWS®
President, American Board of Wound Management
ABWM established the original multidisciplinary wound certification in 1995. Today, we offer three certifications – the Certified Wound Care Associate® (CWCA®), the Certified Wound Specialist® (CWS®) and the Certified Wound Specialist Physician® (CWSP®). ABWM utilizes an interdisciplinary team approach to its exam development and ensures that all exams go through a three-round psychometric review process. The ABWM board of directors includes a public member specifically to ensure the best interests of the general public. ABWM’s certification programs are accredited by the NCCA, which means that they have met the national credentialing industry’s standard of excellence for certification development, implementation, and maintenance.
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