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I have had several unexpected life events occur. I totally forgot to send my recertification in before the end of April. Can I still send it in and pay a late fee?


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My certification as a WOCN lapsed in 2018 due to medical reasons I did not recertify at that time. Would like to go through the PGP program. Could not ascertain how many CEU's in each specialty would be required. thank you


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Is WoundCON, which is a global online wound conference, and the CEUs attained, applicable for PGP points? Appendix A specifies national or regional conferences, so I wanted to double check. Thank you, in advance, for your response! Christina Davis


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I am trying to set up a PGP portfolio, have updated my profile, but it does not take me to any specialties on the Dashboard or let me go any further.

Answered June 10, 2024
Once you log in, you will see a dashboard screen where you can click on “Go To Portfolio” for each specialty. Once you are on the next screen it allows you to click “Add New Activity.” You will do this for each item you wish to include in the portfolio. We recommend watching the You Tube how to videos on this website. These are 5 minute videos and there is one specific to entering items to your portfolio.


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This is my first recertification period for my CWOCN. I took the CWCN in February before it expired. I thought that I had until August to complete the Ostomy and the Continence tests. They show an expiration date of 8/7 and 8/29. Meazure Learning has them all expired as of 2/29/24. I paid for the multi- specialty test but thought I had time until August to complete the remaining tests. How can I get this corrected and schedule my tests?

Answered June 6, 2024
Credentials are issued as a Tri-specialty with one expiration date for them. The date will show on your credentials certificate issued when earned. The month/year corresponds with your first exam (so 2/28/2024 for all specialties). The credentials are not split into single specialties -- in other words each specialty does not have its own expiration date. When recertifying by exam, you are to complete them all prior to the expiration as a Tri-specialty.


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Since PGP is due 3 months before the actual renewal deadline for certifications- will the work I do toward my NEXT 5 year renewal between these 3 months not count toward my next PGP? For example: my PGP portfolio was due 4/30, but my renewal expiration date is 7/31... what about the work I do in these 3 months? Will they not count towards anything or can I count them in my next portfolio? Thanks!

Answered June 4, 2024
Anything done after your PGP submission deadline will count in your next 5 year renewal period, for your portfolio five years from now.


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Hello, If I am moving to a different state and have not yet completed all 3 specialty exams will there be an issue with scheduling the other specialties?

Answered June 4, 2024
Your exam application gives you the ability to schedule exams for 12 months (if you are a new applicant) at any test location nationally. You will be able to select a new site in the other state.


Question:
The WTA-C credential is not ANCC recognized. Does WOCNCB plan on getting this certification approve in the future?

Answered May 30, 2024
The WOCNCB will announce the WTA-C gaining ANCC recognition for Magnet Status, as soon as an approval would be earned.


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I took my recertification for ostomy 3/2024, I was a CWON, my wound exam is not due till 10/17/24 I passed exam on 10/17/2019. Why am I not a CWON till 10/17/2024?? I will retake wound exam in 8/2024 for recertification.

Answered May 30, 2024
Credentials issued are combined to the duo-specialty CWON using the first exam date plus five years. For example, if you earn COCN first, and is earned in April 2019, then the CWCN later, they are both combined to the April date expiring in 2024. You will see the 2024 expiration on the credentials certificate mailed in 2019.


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At the WOCNext 2023, I received a certificate for 12.75 hours from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons. They cannot send me a list of how the courses that the CE's earned are broken down. Can I claim these hours, and would the WOCN be able to provide me with a list of sessions? Thank you!

Answered May 30, 2024
You will need to contact the course provider directly. The WOCN Society is a separate organization from us (WOCNCB.) Their email is: info@wocn.org and they can advise on providing your session breakdown. For the purposes of recertification with us at WOCNCB, if you are using the CE in a PGP portfolio, you will need to list a breakdown of all the sessions for these credits.


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