The WOCN Certification Board (WOCNCB) offers the Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN) Certification


The WOCN society has almost 5,000 members who are experts in the field of wound care, ostomy care and care of patients experiencing continence issues. The WOCN is recognized worldwide for its promotion of safe, current and evidence-based care of patients with wounds, ostomies and/or conditions affecting continence.

Bachelor’s prepared nurses are eligible to take the WOCN certification exams

The WOCN Wound Ostomy and Continence Certifications are offered by the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) to registered nurses who hold a bachelor’s degree. To become a Certified Wound Care Nurse (CWCN), you must be currently licensed as an RN and hold a baccalaureate degree. Additionally, you must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  • You must have 50 continuing education contact hours over the last five years in wound care and 1500 clinical experience hours over the past five years (at least 375 of those hours must be completed within the year prior to certification application).


  • You must complete a wound, ostomy, and continence  nursing (WOCN) education program duly accredited by the WOCN

The WOCNCB wound certification exam is offered on a rolling basis at testing centers across the US and Canada. WOCN credentials are awarded for a five-year period. After five years you may re-certify by exam or through the Professional Growth Program, which involves submitting a portfolio outlining your continuing education, teaching, academic education, or other proof of specialization. The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Certification Board (WOCNCB) is the only organization that provides wound care certification strictly for nurses.  The ”BSN/NP Wound Certification Course“ which provides 57 CE/CME hours, will help to prepare you for the CWCN certification via the experiential pathway. 

CWCN Certification Resources

CWCN Candidate Exam Handbook

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