How to Apply for an ABWM Exam

For First-Time Candidates

Step 1

Download and review the Candidate Handbook for the appropriate ABWM certification. If you are not sure which application to complete, please view the Certification Eligibility Page.

If you wish to sit for an exam outside of the United States, please fill in the International Testing Application Addendum Form in addition to your online application, and pay the appropriate International Testing Fee.

Step 2

Create an account and complete your application online. Click on the relevant link below to get started.

Upon approval, you will be able to schedule your examination at a local testing center for any time in the following 90 days, based on availability. 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.

Candidates for the CWCA®, CWS® or CWSP® must meet all of the following criteria:
  • Complete the online application with all fields filled in with biographical information.
  • Upload a professional resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Upload a personal statement with a detailed description of three (3) years of wound care experience.
  • Upload copies of professional licenses and board certifications.
  • Identify three (3) letters professional references to submit letters. Letters should discuss wound care knowledge, skills, and expertise, and must document the required years of experience. For candidates with a one-year wound care fellowship, two of the three letters must be from the Fellowship program director and the CWS® or CWSP® who was directly involved in the applicant’s training.
  • Read the ABWM Code of Ethics, and sign the statement on the application form, affirming adherence to this code.
  • Provide payment for the required application fee.

Step 3

Once your application to sit for the certification examination has been approved, you will receive an email notification directly from our testing company, Pearson VUE.  The notification will include information on how to schedule your exam.

Step 4

Once you have received your approval notifications, you may schedule your exam for any time in the following 90 days, based on availability at your local testing center.

  • For more information about selecting the date, time, and location of your exam, please view the Exam Scheduling page.
  • To view available test centers, visit PearsonVUE.com/ABWM and log in to your account or click “Find a test center” on the right sidebar.

Step 5

Upon completing the exam, a score report will be generated immediately. Candidates can also access score reports by logging in to their Pearson VUE accounts.  

  • If you pass the exam, you will be considered either an Associate or a Diplomate of the ABWM. You will be issued a certificate bearing the seal of the American Board of Wound Management with your name inscribed. You will receive a Welcome Packet from ABWM approximately two to four weeks after passing the exam. The Welcome Packet will include: a letter congratulating you on your accomplishment, an immediate press release, and an employer advocacy letter. ABWM will also send a pin and patch for you to proudly display your new designation.  Associates and Diplomates of the ABWM will be required to renew their certification annually by paying a $150 renewal fee, and by completing six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to maintain their certification. Associates and Diplomates of the ABWM will be required to recertify after ten years by sitting for the appropriate examination again.
  • If you do not pass the exam and would like to re-test, please submit a CWCA, CWS or CWSP Re-Test Application online. 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 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. Click here for more information about Re-Testing and to access the application links.

For 10-Year Recertifying Candidates

Step 1

Create or log-in to your account and complete your application online. Click on the relevant link below to get started:

Candidates who fail to recertify 10 years after their initial certification will have their Associate or Diplomate status revoked, and will no longer be permitted to use their credential. For more information regarding recertification, please view the Renewal & Recertification Handbook.

Step 2

Submit your application online. 

Your application must be received a minimum of 15 business days prior to your desired exam date. Upon approval, you will be able to schedule your examination at a local testing center for any time in the following 90 days, based on availability. 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.

10 Year Recertification candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • Complete the online application with all fields filled in.
  • Provide payment for the required application fee.

Step 3

Once your application to sit for the certification examination has been approved, you will receive an email notification directly from our testing company, Pearson VUE.  The notification will include information on how to schedule your exam.

Step 4

Once you have received your approval notifications, you may schedule your exam for any time in the following 90 days, based on availability at your local testing center.

  1. For more information about selecting the date, time, and location of your exam, please view the Exam Scheduling page.
  2. To view available test centers, visit PearsonVUE.com/ABWM and log in to your account or click “Find a test center” on the right sidebar.

Step 5

Upon completing the exam, a score report will be generated immediately. Candidates can also access score reports by logging in to their Pearson VUE accounts.

  • If you pass the exam, you will maintain either your Associate or Diplomate status. You will be issued a certificate bearing the seal of the American Board of Wound Management with your name inscribed. You will receive a Recertification Welcome Packet from ABWM approximately two to four weeks after passing the exam. The Welcome Packet will include: a letter congratulating you on your accomplishment, an immediate press release, and an employer advocacy letter. ABWM will also send a pin and patch for you to proudly display your maintained designation.  Associates and Diplomates of the ABWM will be required to renew their certification annually by paying a $150 renewal fee, and by completing six hours of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in order to maintain their certification. Associates and Diplomates of the ABWM will be required to recertify after ten years by sitting for the appropriate examination again.
  • If you do not pass the exam and would like to re-test, please submit a CWCA, CWS or CWSP Re-Test Application online. 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 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. Click here for more information about Re-Testing and to access the application links.