How Do You Become a CWCA® Certified Wound Care Associate?
A CWCA® is anyone who has taken and passed the CWCA® wound care certification exam offered by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM®). The CWCA® certification is an accredited wound care certification that is valid for ten years. Many associate RNs, prior to the ABWM’s 2019 CWS changes, are also CWCA® certified.
Who is eligible for CWCA® Wound Certification?
LPNs, LVNs, CNAs, MAs, and PTAs can become CWCA® certified. All certified healthcare assistants, healthcare administrators, dietitians, sales and marketing professionals, and academic researchers can also become CWCA® certified.
How do you become a CWCA® Certified Professional?
To become CWCA® certified, you must have at least three years of wound-related experience. The three years of experience do not need to be consecutive. If you can prove you have had three years of combined experience throughout the course of your career, you can become CWCA® certified. Other requirements include having an active and unrestricted license (if applicable). You must submit proof of your experience and your license to the ABWM® to get approval to take the exam.
Start with WoundEducators.com
Because the CWCA® has a 64% passing rate, we recommend preparing fully before taking your exam. WoundEducators online wound care courses cover all important wound care topics found in the CWCA® exam. Don’t let your hard work and money be wasted – let us help you pass your CWCA® exam! Our courses cover every aspect of wound care management and include flashcards, CWCA® study guides, and more.
If you do not meet the minimum requirement for experience, you can begin your expertise with us and leverage more experience. Your course completion certificate will show your employer that you have successfully completed an advanced wound management course. Taking initiative on your own and proving your knowledge beforehand can help you to get more wound care experience on the job.
CWCA® Certification Exam Information & Cost
The CWCA® exam cost is $375. The exam is 120 questions with 20 questions being ungraded. You have up to 2.5 hours to take the exam. The minimum passing score for the CWCA® wound certification exam is 72% or higher. The CWCA® re-testing fee is the same as the initial test cost.
How to Apply For the CWCA Exam
Follow these simple steps to apply for the CWCA® exam.
- Download and review the Certified Wound Care Associate (CWCA®) Candidate Handbook
- Create an account and complete your application online.
- Apply for the CWCA® exam
- 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.
- Upon completing the exam, a score report will be generated immediately.
Other ABWM® Wound Care Certifications
To learn more about the ABWM® and all certifications offered by the ABWM®, visit our wound care certification information page. If you need more information on which certification is right for you, contact us! We love to help our students and future students become certified and find wound management jobs after certification.