Previously Asked Questions



My CE submission under Continence for the WOCNext conference was rejected with the comment: "You cannot use the ostomy CE in this list for the continence specialty. Please review item 2 page 7 of the handbook." However, on my certificate all CEs that I had listed were labeled as continence. Some of the CEs were listed as both ostomy and continence. The comment also did not tell me which CE was ostomy. On my resubmission I posted a comment stating that the CEs were all listed under Continence. Is there a way to know which one is in question to remove or do I need to upload the certificate as proof?

Answered February 11, 2021
You may respond within the "Comments" section on the item in the portfolio, and click "Resubmit Application" so that our PGP Committee Reviewer can see your note that you received a WOCNext document labeled as Continence. This resubmission would be deemed as "clarification" so that you are not charged for returning your comments. In the meantime, we see it might have been the CE "Challenges for the Ostomate: The Science Behind Maintaining Nutrition for Fecal and Urinary Diversions (1.0 CE/CNE/CME)." You may also email the CE document to us and let us know it pertains to your PGP portfolio -- our email is:

Hello, I received my WOCN certification in 1995. Unfortunately, I let it lapse in 2015 while building my business. I also achieved my FNP-C in 2004. I still work in wound care. I was reading the handbook about lapses in certification. I would like to recertify. Am I considered a ‘new’ applicant or a ‘recertification? Do I take a refresher course prior to the exam? Thank you for your guidance. Cindy

Answered February 4, 2021
When credentials have Lapsed, you may certify again via examination similar to an initial candidate (in other words those without credentials are eligible using the same methods.) You may submit an exam application and show eligibility via the Experiential Pathway - this requires 1,500 clinical practice hours in each clinical specialty plus 50 CE credits in each area. At least 375 clinical hours must have occurred within the past one year out of the total. These clinical hours and CE's must come from the past five years. Please review the eligibility information on the website under "Certification / Wound Ostomy Continence". You should click "new applicant" on an exam application, since "recertification" is an indication you are recertifying an existing credential.

I am a surgically trained PA. I work emergency medicine and UC. I will be slowing down soon I hope and want to parlay my wound care certification into a job in wound care. Given I am a PA and not an RN, do I sit for the same exam and or is it a different one? Also, I am not currently dealing with anything other than acute wounds. Is that a problem?

Answered February 2, 2021
Our organization is providing credentialing for nurses. Unfortunately, we do not have a certification for those holding a PA.

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.

I have been chair of our Skin Care Team at my hospital since I became a WOCN. We address wound,continence and ostomy issues.According to B3 this is 10 points per specialty. Is this per year or 10 points total per certification period?If it is 10 points per year (50 points), then can I divide them among specialties according to the meeting agendas? Example:20/15/15?

As currently written it will "probably" be 10 points per specialty per certification. Board will review your question for points, please be patient, we will respond back. Thank you for your question.

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