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Why Certify?

Certification is the clinician’s professional mark of achievement and more importantly a seal of quality care for the public and patients. It guarantees that you know what is expected of you.

  • Advancement. Furthers your career and provides employers with your accomplishment.

  • Credibility. Becoming certified lends credibility to your practice and demonstrates current and safe means of care will be provided.
  • Recognition. Certification recognizes you have the education to treat more patients, instead of sending them to an outpatient facility.

Physician Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine

This exam is available to all MD & DO physicians. All candidates must:

  • Have an active valid US physician medical license
  • Have attained a primary board certification in an ABMS approved specialty
  • Provide verification of supervision of a minimum of 300 hyperbaric patient treatments within the prior 2 years
  • Have attended a primary training program approved by either the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the US Department of Defense, or completed an approved hyperbaric fellowship
  • Provide a letter of Verification from program Medical Director or hospital administrator documenting good standing and active status of professional credentialing
  • Have an active membership in good standing with the ACHM
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Physician Certification in Wound Care

This exam is available to all physicians (MD, DO, DPM). The physician must:

  • Have a current State Medical License
  • Provide verification of a minimum of two years clinical experience in wound care
  • Provide verification of completion of at least 20 hours of wound care based continuing medical education credit
  • Provide documentation of membership in a professional wound care society (Optional- Members of the APWCA can qualify for fellow status)
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Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist

Prior to applying for certification the candidate must have met the following requirements:

  • A minimum of two years of experience in a hospital setting or outpatient facility as a Hyperbaric Technician with cross training as a Wound Care Assistant or equivalent clinical position
  • A minimum of 500 hours of clinical experience per year for the prior 2 years, with time shared between hyperbaric chamber operations and actual participation in wound related patient care and management (at least 25% of time must be dedicated to wound care)
  • Completion of a 40-hour introductory hyperbaric medicine course or 40-hour primary training program approved by either the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, or the US Department of Defense
  • Completion of Core Competencies in Hyperbaric Therapy and Wound Care, verified and endorsed by your employer, Medical Director or Program Manager validating your clinical experience detailed in the Core Competency Checklists
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Certified Hyperbaric Specialist

Prior to applying for certification the candidate must have met the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 500 hours of clinical hyperbaric training and active practice experience per year for the prior 2 years, successfully completing a Hyperbaric Technician Preceptorship in a hospital setting or outpatient facility.
  • Completion of a 40-hour introductory hyperbaric medicine course or 40-hour primary training program approved by either the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, or the US Department of Defense
  • Completion of Core Competencies in Hyperbaric Therapy, verified and endorsed by your employer, Medical Director or Program Manager validating your clinical experience detailed in the Core Competency Checklists
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Certified Skin & Wound Specialist

Prior to applying for certification the candidate must have met the following requirements:

  • Have an active valid US physician medical license
  • Have attained a primary board certification in an ABMS approved specialty
  • Provide verification of supervision of a minimum of 300 hyperbaric patient treatments within the prior 2 years
  • Have attended a primary training program approved by either the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine, the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society, the US Department of Defense, or completed an approved hyperbaric fellowship
  • Provide a letter of Verification from program Medical Director or hospital administrator documenting good standing and active status of professional credentialing
  • Have an active membership in good standing with the ACHM
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Frequently Asked Questions

What designation may I use after passing the exam? 2017-10-03T20:15:33+00:00

Physician Certification in Hyperbaric Medicine:
Once you’ve passed your PCHM examination you will want to apply for fellowship with the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine (ACHM). Upon being granted fellowship status, you may use the designation FACHM / Fellow Of The American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

Physician Certification in Wound Care:
Once you’ve passed your PCWC examination you will want to apply for fellowship with the American Professional Wound Care Association (APWCA). Upon being granted fellowship status, you may use the designation FAPWCA / Fellow Of The American Professional Wound Care Association.

Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist:
Once you’ve passed your CHWS examination you may begin using the designation CHWS – Certified Hyperbaric and Wound Specialist.

Certified Skin and Wound Specialist:
Once you’ve passed your Certified Skin and Wound Specialist examination you may begin using the designation CSWS – Certified Skin and Wound Specialist.

Certified Hyperbaric Specialist:
Once you’ve passed your Certified Hyperbaric Specialist examination you may begin using the designation CHS – Certified Hyperbaric Specialist.

What is the passing rate for my examination? 2017-10-03T20:15:33+00:00

In order to pass any of our examinations you must obtain a 60% or greater.

What materials can I use to prepare for the exam? 2017-10-03T20:15:33+00:00

We have a list of suggested study materials on our website, please visit: Preparing for Your Exam

How long is the exam? 2017-10-03T20:15:33+00:00

You are given a period of 4 hours to complete your examination. Each examination is multiple-choice.

  • The PCHM examination is 160 questions.
  • The PCWC examination is 165 questions.
  • The CHWS examination is 150 questions.
  • The CSWS examination is 125 questions.
  • The CHS examination is 125 questions

If you do not complete your examination within the 4 hour time limit you will be logged out and your score will be calculated.

Where are the examinations offered? 2017-10-03T20:15:33+00:00

All ABWH examinations are offered online for your convenience. The examination is proctored using a service called ProctorFree. In order to take your exam online you’ll need to use a computer with a webcam, microphone, and standard internet connection. Your proctor at ProctorFree will walk you through logging into your examination and coordinating your start time.

Once a year the examination is held in person in conjunction with the AWPCA National Clinical Conference. Please visit APWCA.org for a conference schedule.