Wound Care Certification Cost

Wound care certification cost can be described in two different ways – one which only considers the cost of the actual certification exam, and one which considers the overall wound care certification cost from start to finish. Most wound care certification exams cost between $380-995. On the other hand, wound care certification courses can range widely both in cost and in CE/CME hours provided. In addition to paying your exam fee, some wound care certifications also require you to have previously completed an accredited wound care course. Below we break down the cost of common wound care certification exams and overall cost when paired with one of our courses.

Wound Care Certification Cost Comparison Chart

NAWCO® Wound Care Certification Cost

To take your WCC® Wound Care Certification exam, there is a $380 combined exam and application fee. The WCC® is an accredited certification.  The WCC® exam is administered by NAWCO®, the National Alliance of Wound Care & Ostomy. You can use any of our wound care certification courses to prepare for the WCC® exam.

The AWCC® Advanced Wound Care Certification exam is also offered by NAWCO®. To take your AWCC® exam, there is a $380 combined exam and application fee. The major difference between the AWCC® and WCC® certifications is that the AWCC® requires prior wound care certification through one of the other options shown in the chart above (WCC®, CWCA®, CWS®, CWSP®, or CWCN®).

NAWCO® also offers additional certifications including the NWCC® Nutrition Wound Care Certification which is the preferred certification for Dieticians. To learn more about all certifications currently offered by the National Alliance of Wound Care and Ostomy NAWCO®, visit our NAWCO® wound care certifications page.

AWBM® Wound Care Certification Cost

The AWBM® also has a similar wound care certification cost. The cost to take their exams is:

  • CWCA® Exam Cost – $375
  • CWS® Exam Cost – $575
  • CWSP® Exam Cost -$995

Our wound care certification courses are widely used and extremely successful when used for preparing for the AWBM certifications. The ABWM® certification is valid for ten years, however, there is a yearly 6 hour CE requirements and a $150 yearly registration fee.

Learn more about the differences of each ABWM® Certification:

WOCNB® Wound Care Certification Cost

The WOCNCB® exams and certifications are accredited certifications and are also competitively priced; the initial exam will cost $395, which covers the exam and application. Once you pass the exam, the certification is valid for five years. Besides being nationally accredited, another benefit of the WOCN certification is that there is no annual renewal fee within that five-year term.

The WOCNCB® offers multiple certifications:

  • Foot Care Certification
  • Wound, Ostomy, and Certification
  • Wound Treatment Associate
  • Advanced Practice Wound Certification
  • CWCN Certified Wound Care Nurse (most common)

If you are a go-getter, the WOCNCB® also offers discounts when taking more than one certification exam at a time, with this application fee structure:

  • Two Certification Specialties – $510 fee
  • Three Specialties -$610 fee
  • Four Specialties – $670 fee

The Wound Treatment Associate Exam offered by the WCONCB is $295. The WTA is not an accredited certification. The WTA exam must be taken by an LPN, LVN, or RN. Although the WTA is a less common path, it is still worth mentioning. In order to get your WTA-C credentials, you must complete 16 hours of clinical care under the direct supervision of a WOCNCB Certified Wound Care Nurse.

Courses with an Until-You-Pass Guarantee

Many healthcare professionals take our wound care certification courses to prepare for the wound certification exam. We offer an “until-you-pass” guarantee, which will give you course access until you successfully receive your certification (provided it is within 3 years of registration).

Wound Care Certification Cost: Courses

WoundEducators aims to keep our wound care certification cost for courses affordable for all healthcare professionals. Our accredited online wound care certification courses start at $897 for RNs, LPNs, LVNs, CNAs, and medical salespersons. Our wound care certification courses for Physicians, Occupational Therapists, BSNs’, Nurse Practitioners, or Physician Assistants are $997. Courses are approved for 50-60 CE/CME hours. We encourage you to shop around for pricing as you research wound care certification options. WoundEducators offers more CE hours per dollar spent than any other accredited wound care certification on the market.

Look Out for Non-Accredited Certifications

Look out for courses that may provide you with useful wound care knowledge, but will not fully prepare you for the certified exam(s)! Many times, these are easily spotted because of the low cost these are offered for. With these certificate courses, you will need additional coursework if you plan on registering to take the AWCC®, WCC®, CWCN®, CWCA®, CWS®, or CWSP® certification exams. While these courses still offer continuing education hours, they cannot be used to meet the education required for most accredited wound care certification exams. Their purpose is for accelerating wound care practices and professional knowledge. (example: Vohra)

Comprehensive Wound Care Certification Cost

The complete wound care certification cost combined with one of our preparation courses is very cost-effective for any certification you choose. Although the certifications listed above all require you to have a certain amount of clinical experience, knowing the cost will allow you to make better decisions about your future career path. By breaking down wound care certification cost, we want to make sure that you have no surprise costs and can budget appropriately when trying to achieve certification.

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    1. Can you tell me what the total cost for all for test along with exam for all 4 tests, please? We are getting a grant together to plan on the courses, exams, and all items to study for all 4 test.

      Thanks,

      Kimberly Handlin-Rowell, RN, BSN, MSOH
      [email protected] or [email protected]

  1. Note that the WOCNCB experiential path also requires 1600 wound care clinical hours experience over the 5 years preceding the exam including 375 hours in the year before the exam.

    1. Can you tell if i am eligible to apply the CWCN as i am a RN works 36 hours per week as full time employees at In patient Hospice where has a many wounds to be taken care on the daily basis. I worked there 51/2 years till now. I have RN experience total 38 years.
      I am. bachelor degree RN.

  2. Hello my name is Francisca Sharp, I am an RN for more then 9 years and CDE for 4 months. I work in a community clinic and have been working doing wound care for about 5 years,’My goal is to take classes on line and get certified. What do I need to do?
    Thank you

    1. Francisca, if you have 3 years of cumulative wound care experience, we recommend pursuing the accredited CWCA certification offered by the ABWM. Our RN course can help prepare you with the knowledge you need to pass the CWCA exam. All certification exams will be done in-person at an independent testing center. You must submit proof of your current license and wound care experience to the ABWM to get approval to take the exam. Once approved, you have a 6-month window to schedule & take the exam at an approved PSI testing center.

      Our RN wound care course can be found here: https://woundeducators.com/wound-care-certification-courses/rn/

  3. Can a physical therapist become wound certified and also ostomy certified in the state of texas? Is this standard of practice for physical therapist?

  4. I’m interested in this but have just a little wound care experience years ago. I read above that to be certified you also need years of wound care experience, so it seems that taking this course and passing a test would not be enough to be certified? My thought was this would help me find a job after a long hiatus to raise a family, but it doesn’t seem feasible without the wound care hours. Please advise?

    1. Gretchen,

      You can always try to pursue your WCC first if you are concerned with your years of experience. Also note that as long as you can prove you have had three or more years of combined experience, you may have enough. For certifications requiring 3 or more years of wound care experience (like the ABWM certifications), there is also a 1-year fellowship option.

      Recommendations on getting more experience –
      After completion of our course, you obtain the certificate of completion. You can then let your employer know that you completed the 50 hour wound care course and obtain the experience needed to take the exam. Once you have the required experience, we will allow you re-access to the course so that you can study for the certification exam. If you have any additional questions, please contact us.

  5. Hello, my name is Marinela and I am interested in getting certified. I am a BSN nurse and have been working in a hospital for 4 and a half years. We get patients with different wounds.
    I need a little clarification when you note “wound care experience”. When I admit the patient in the hospital, I assess the wound, clean it, dress it, document it and place a wound consult in the system for the specialized wound care nurse to see the pt. Based on wound care nurse directions such as appropriate medication to apply, special dressing, and how often need to change it, I go ahead and treat, manage the wound. This counts as wound care experience, am I right?

    Please let me know what I need to be certified. Thank you

    1. Marinela,

      Based on your description of your duties, you would have enough experience to test for your CWS – Certified Wound Specialist. You can begin your application and request more specifics about experience through abwmcertified.org. To learn more about the CWS, check out our article – https://woundeducators.com/becoming-cws-certified-wound-care-specialist/

      To help study and prepare for your certification, we recommend taking our online BSN wound care certification course – https://woundeducators.com/wound-care-certification-courses/bsn-np/

      Best of luck!

      1. Hello, I’m interested in getting wound certified but I’m not sure which one WCC or CWS. I’m BSN graduate and been working in the hospital for 19 years. I do wound care per routine order and after wound care nurse initially assessed the wound and placed their recommendation. What should I get to be certified?
        Thank you
        Sheila of California

        1. Sheilla,

          You can pursue both, and even the new AWCC. We suggest starting with the CWS as you have enough clinical experience. This certification lasts for 10 years and is accredited. The new AWCC certification is available for anyone with a previous wound certification, including the CWS. Because this is a new certification as of Sept 2019, it is not yet accredited. The AWCC is valid for 5 years.

          Best of luck!

  6. I am an LPN with no wound care experience. How would I proceed if I wanted to become certified? I am not working at a place where I can do wound care.

    1. Darlene,

      Thank you for your interest in WoundEducators! You can always begin with our LPN wound care course and use your course completion certificate to leverage more wound-related roles with your current employer, or seeking a new employer. Volunteer options and preceptor options (shadowing a certified wound care nurse) are also other great options. Once you have enough wound-related experience, you can pursue your certifications, including the CWCA and WCC.

    1. Ken,

      Thank you for your interest in wound care! since the fields are not entirely related, I would search online or in your peer group to see what options there may be. Most wound certifications require you to have an active license (CNA, MA, LPN, LVN, BSN, RN, PA, MD, DO, DPM, etc)

  7. Hello I’m an LVN and interested to be certified. I work for Home Health and for these past three years I was doing mostly wound care.

    1. Gresilda,

      As an LPN with 3+ years of experience, we recommend pursuing your CWCA certification. This is a 10-year certification. Our LVN course will prepare you to take the exam. Alternatively, you can also get your WCC certification, which is a 5-year certification. Our course was designed to prepare you for either/both. Shop now: LPN – LVN Wound Care Certification

  8. I am RN, non BSN, 20+ yrs in home health full time, with lots of wounds and ostomy experience. Wich is the highest certifications i can get without a BSN? I am ultimately interested in wound care and stomy certifications? Wich course do you recommand to achieve my goals snd wich certification specifically? Thank you

    1. Lucie,

      The highest certification you can receive is the CWS. Within the last two years, ABWM expanded the qualifying requirements to include non-BSN RNs and associate RNs. Unlike the WCC, the CWS is a credential that LPNs, LVNs, HAs, CWCAs are unable to get. Since you have over 3 years of experience, we recommend the CWS, which encompasses more than ostomy. You can use our RN course to prepare you for the exam.

  9. Hello My name is Kerry and I live on the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago located in the Caribbean.

    My question is, do you have testing centers here? I want to sit for the WCC in August but our country’s borders are closed and I cannot visit the US.

    Kindly
    CHRIS

  10. Hello. My name is Romy. I have been a LPN for 20 years and earned my RN license (associate degree) since almost 2 years. I have always practice wound care on a part-time basis all of my LPN and RN years. I am now looking to become certified and would like to know which is the highest certification I should pursue. Also how do I show proof of my past work to the board? I worked in quite a few home health agencies.

    Thank you

    1. Hey Romy,

      As an associate RN, you can pursue either the CWS or the WCC. Our RN course will prepare you for both. For the full application requirements for the CWS check out the ABWM handbook. For the WCC, check out the NAWCCB website. If you have any additional questions, fill out the form on our Contact Us page. Best of luck!

  11. I just started working as an FNP doing wound care in different skilled nursing/long term care facilities. I did wound care for eleven years as an RN prior, the last year of NP school I didn’t work full time as an RN in home health only PRN. I just finished the wound educators course for APRN’s. I would like to become nationally certified, but wasn’t sure which test to take, I have been studying the questions for the CWCN-AP exam with an application I purchased. I wasn’t sure if my experience, and my course would be sufficient to test. I am not sure if I had the 300+ hours in the last year as I was finishing up NP school. Prior to that though I worked full time mon-friday doing home health with wound care daily. Thanks so much!

  12. Hello:
    I am interested in getting wound certified. I am a traveling RN with my ADN; and have worked home health for 15 years, doing wound care on a daily basis. i need some guidance on what would be the best avenue for me to pursue for a certification. As a travelor i have found that many facilities are in a desperate need for certified wound clinicians, and would like to join the crusade.
    I look forward to your insight to get me started. :0)

    1. Terri,

      I appreciate your commitment to wound care and there are NEVER enough wound clinicians! I had Karen from our support team reach out. Best of luck in your wound management journey!

  13. Hello,
    I have been an RN, BSN for 5+ years and have been working as a Home Health RN for 3+ years with wound care experience all 3+ years. I am wondering if I would be eligible for CWCN after taking your wound course? I believe I am eligible for the WCC (after taking your wound course) as well. If I am able to do either/or, is there a “better” certification that employers look for in a wound care certified nurse? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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