Previously Asked Questions



Category: Professional Organization question. I have been an officer at our regional level for many years and need points for my foot specialty. Can I use all 25 for that area only?

Answered November 11, 2019
Please see the 2018 PGP Handbook, Professional Organizations, p. 16-17. Participating in professional nursing or patient support organizations whose missions relate to the WOC/FC specialties are acceptable. An officer in a regional professional organization can claim 10 points/year, with a max of 25 points/specialty/certification period. You can use all these points in FC but only as professional practice, not for specialty points. See Guideline #14 on p. 7 of the handbook.

I was involved in a Root Cause Analysis concerning NPWT foam retention postoperatively. What is the appropriate category to place this activity?

Answered November 10, 2019
Root cause analysis is the process of discovering the root causes of problems in order to identify appropriate solutions. Deciding where it fits in PGP depends on what you do with the RCA. It could be a grant activity, case study, publication or project.

I never received the new certificate when I recertified this year. How do I request an official copy?

Answered November 10, 2019
Please email WOCNCB directly at

Hi Thank you Reviewers, I received the congratulations for wound and continence! Thank you and I have resubmitted/clarified my ostomy activities - I did press the "resubmit link although I didn't receive an email to say - received the resubmission - hope all is good

Answered November 7, 2019
You may always find the status when logged in to your PGP account. If it says "Under Review" then we have received your resubmission. If it indicates "Under Revision" then we have sent it back for another revision request.

With respect to the 50 ostomy CEU's within the 5 years prior to the certification process, can you count time spent working with a preceptor at an ostomy clinic; attending a pouching inservice and observation of alginate molding for custom ileostomy pouching? What documentation would be required? Thank you.

Answered January 6, 2018
You may have a maximum of 40 CEU's for each Portfolio when Recertifying. If you are getting Certified for the first time, the requirements are different. All of the activities you listed would qualify for Recertification. If you are becoming certified for the first time, I will refer this to another source.

Is the cwocn called clinical nurse specialist?

Answered November 17, 2017
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) are registered nurses who typically hold a master's degree, at minimum, along with national certification denoting advanced knowledge and clinical skills specific to a particular patient population or specialized area of nursing. Therefore, this designation (CNS) is not issued by our credentialing body, WOCNCB, but rather by a state board of nursing or perhaps given by the university while earning the MSN. In some states, it is a practice-based designation to use CNS.


Please let me know what course I would need to take and where to qualify to sit for the exam. Thanks very much, Diane Carroll I live in Massachusetts

I have been a Registered nurse for 18 years. I have never seen or witnessed as much arogance and power abuse ever as I have recently in my pursuit of a wound care certification. The program I attended and the testing application procedures are unproffessional to say the least. It is really giving this program a bad name.

Does the APN WOCN certification meet the requirements for CMS for an APN, and thus the Medicare provider #?

Answered May 30, 2009
The WOCNCB AP credentials would not meet the CMS requirements for an APN. The ability to obtain a Medicare provider number is based upon your advance practice credential, CNS or NP. Certifications of any type, including the WOCNCB credentials, enhance your scope of practice.

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