AWBM Wound Care Certification Programs provides accredited online wound care certification programs that help you prepare for the national American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) certification exam.

What is the goal of the ABWM?

The American Board of Wound Management aims to create a new benchmark and standard of wound care. Three ABWM certifications are available – the Certified Wound Care Associate (CWCA), the Certified Wound Specialist (CWS), and the Certified Wound Specialist Physician (CWSP).

Which ABWM certification exam can I qualify for?

If you work in sales and marketing for a healthcare organization or sales company, you may be eligible to take the CWCA exam. If you are a licensed healthcare professional of any kind, you will likely be eligible to take the CWCA exam. This includes active associate nurses, LPNs, LVNs, PTAs, CNAs, and MAs. If you have a BSN, bachelor’s degree, masters degree, or doctoral degree, you will be eligible to take the CWS. You also become CWS certified if you are an RN – even associate level RNs with three or more years of experience can become CWS certified! If you are a licensed physician, DO, or DPM, you will be eligible to take the CWSP.

Is an active license all I need?

In addition to having an active license, you must have at least three years of wound care experience. These three years of wound management practice do not have to be in consecutive order – there are exceptions made for qualifications since the experience is cumulative. Our wound care certification programs can be taken either before, during, or after your clinical experience. Our courses will provide you with the wound knowledge you need to take your national certification exam.

What if I don’t have three years’ experience?

Gaining the necessary knowledge for wound care management is easy with our wound care certification programs!

You can always begin your wound care coursework before you obtain three years’ experience. If you do not have the full experience required, we still recommend that you take our wound care certification course and obtain your Certificate of Completion and also receive continuing education hours.

You can present this Certificate of Completion to your employer.  This certificate will show that you have completed an advanced wound management course and may help you to get more wound care experience. 

We also offer an “Until you Pass” guarantee that will allow you to re-access your course prep once you are eligible to sit for the wound care certification exam. Once you have the required experience to sit for the wound certification exam, simply contact us! We will re-enroll you in the course at no charge provided it is within three years of your initial purchase.

What about other Wound Care Certifications?

We recommend the AWBM certifications because they are nationally accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). Nurses who hold a minimum of a Bachelors degree can also become certified by the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Certification Board, which is accredited by the Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN). The National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy (NAWCO)’s WCC Certification is also now accredited.

Benefits of Our Wound Care Certification Programs

Another benefit of becoming wound care certified is the distinction you receive for furthering your education. Our wound care certification programs allow you to advance your career while working at your own pace. Our students love being able to access our wound care certification programs from home, study around their shifts, and continue to work full-time while striving to achieve wound care certification. Our courses can be accessed easily on almost any device!

Have More ABWM Certification Questions?

If you are still unsure about which wound care certification program is right for you, check out our Wound Certification Comparison Chart. If you are interested in wound care certification programs for a group, we offer special accommodations and discounts. Contact us to see how we can tailor a package to fit your needs! There is no better time than now to advance your position in the healthcare industry and learn valuable wound care knowledge by becoming certified. You can also download our whitepaper on the importance of achieving an accredited wound care certification


  1. I am a BSN Nurse who works in Med/surg. Only been in Med/Surg 6 months, but before becoming a nurse I worked as a USN deep sea diver and completed hyperbaric treatments treating different forms of wounds ( ie non healing diabetic wounds, necrotizing fasciitis, dog bites, etc). Would I be able to use this experience to meet 3 year clinical experience required for test. Thank you.

    1. There are no eligibility requirements to take our course. To sit for the certification exam, you will need to show three years of clinical experience. The ABWM defines three years of clinical experience as follows: 
      “Three years of wound care experience can be acquired over the course of your career. It does not necessarily have to be a consecutive three years. Wound care does not have to be your primary responsibility during that time, as long as you can demonstrate you have had roles related to wound care throughout your career.” 

      If you do not have the required clinical experience at this time, please contact us so that we can provide you with alternative options.

      The following presentation provides a brief overview of our program:
      As a BSN we recommend our 57-hour BSN Wound Certification Course. For more information and to register, please visit:

  2. Is it possible for international medical graduate without USMLE to get certified and work as a wound care specialist?????

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