Exam Instructions

Exam Instructions


Step 1: Applying for the Exam

Download the candidate handbook/application below for the exam you will be taking (refer to FAQs if you are unsure which exam you are qualified for). Read the handbook carefully and follow the steps on how to complete the application. Once you have all the items in your application checklist completed, send the documents and separate exam fee to ABWM for approval (address below).


American Board of Wound Management

1800 M Street NW
Suite 400S
Washington, DC 20036


Step 2: Scheduling the Exam 

How to Schedule to Take the Exam Immediately Following WCPC Onsite 

You should receive a postcard and an email from ABWM once your application has been accepted. Once your application has been accepted, ABWM will place you in an exam timeslot on your exam day. You will receive confirmation of this placement from the AMP/PSI testing center via email.

How to Schedule to Take the Exam at a Later Time at Another Location

You should receive a postcard and an email from ABWM once your application has been accepted. At this time, you can schedule your exam through the AMP testing center at a time and location of your choice.

AMP Online Scheduling: Go to www.goAMP.com at any time and select "Candidates." Follow the step-by-step instructions to choose your examination and register for the examination.

AMP Telephone Scheduling: Call AMP/PSI at 888-519-9901 to schedule an examination appointment. This toll-free number is answered from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.


Step 3: Preparing for the Exam 

The ABWM Foundation endorses only the Wound Certification Prep Course (WCPC) as their recommended review course. WCPC is a great way to enhance your knowledge and is taught by American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) certified, multidisciplinary faculty, each of whom are uniquely qualified to prepare you for the exam you have chosen. In addition to attending WCPC, and to improve your rate of success in passing your exam, we highly recommend beginning a self-study program to help you prepare, recommended especially if you are planning on taking the exam following the WCPC course. Below is a recommended preparation algorithm:

  • Review course content outline of the American Board of Wound Management (ABWM) exam you are taking:


Wound Certification Prep Course

In addition to your self-study program, the WCPC live courses provide:

  • A comprehensive review of wound care and management that is guided by the blueprint of the ABWM content outline
  • Interactive case-based studies and practice test questions for an engaging learning experience
  • Tips on test-taking strategies to strengthen your confidence
  • Instruction by a team of ABWM-certified expert clinician-educators who have taken the exams
  • Flashdrive with syllabus 
  • A notebook


ABWM Exam Structures

CWCA® – 2.5 hrs; 120 multiple-choice questions; 20 questions are non-scored, pre-test items.
CWS® – 3 hrs; 150 questions; 25 questions are non-scored, pre-test items.
CWSP® – 3.5 hrs; 180 questions; 30 questions are non-scored, pre-test items.



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