Who is considered a CWSP® Certified Wound Care Specialist Physician?
A CWSP is anyone who has taken and passed the CWSP wound care certification exam offered by the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM). The CWSP certification is an accredited wound care certification that is valid for ten years.
Who is eligible for CWSP Wound Certification?
MDs, Dos, and DPMs with three or more years of experience can become CWSP certified. Many physicians and podiatrists become CWSP certified to market wound management as a service and to create their niche specialty.
How do you become a CWSP Certified Professional?
As mentioned above, the minimum requirement for experience is three years. However, the three years of experience does not need to be consecutive. MDs, DOs, and DPMs qualify if they can prove they have three years of combined experience throughout their career. Like other ABWM wound care certifications, additional requirements include having an active and unrestricted license. CWSP candidates must submit proof of experience and licenses to the ABWM to get approval to take the exam.
Start with WoundEducators.com Wound Care Courses
The CWSP exam passing rate is currently 80%. Many doctors, physicians, and podiatrists take a wound care prep course prior to taking their exam. WoundEducators online wound care courses cover every aspect of wound care management. Extra course offerings include digital flashcards, CWSP study guides, and more.
If a CWSP candidate does not meet the minimum requirement for experience, they can still take our online physician wound care course to leverage more experience. At the end of our course, students will receive an official certificate proving successful completion of an advanced wound management course.
CWSP Certification Exam Information & Cost
The CWSP exam cost is $995, which is significantly higher than the CWS or CWCA. The CWSP is the highest level wound care certification offered by the ABWM. The exam is 180 questions with 30 questions being ungraded. You have up to 2.5 hours to take the exam. The minimum passing score for the CWSP wound certification exam is 116/150 (roughly 77.3% or higher). The CWSP re-testing fee is the same as the initial test cost.
Becoming CWSP Certified
To register for the exam, you must mail the following to the ABWM in one packet:
CWSP Application Checklist
- Completed Cover Page
- Application Payment page (whether paying by check or credit card)
- Completed ABWM Application
- Professional Résumé
- Personal Statement/Essay
- Copy of Professional License(s)
- Three Letters of References (sealed in original envelopes)
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.