Get Started: Apply to become an MWC®

Congratulations!  You are interested in earning the MWC®. Your first step is to complete the MWC® application process. 

Read the Applicant and Candidate Handbook.
Download the Application form.
Pay the $150 application fee (AMWA members receive a $25 discount).
Download the Request Form for Letter of Reference.

Once the application is complete, submit the materials to AMWA. Upon review by AMWA, you will receive an email of your eligibility or ineligibility. 

If you are eligible to sit for the exam, a link will be provided to register to take the exam (exam fee, $375). 


To qualify for the exam, you must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in any field of study.
  • A minimum of 2 years of full-time work experience or the equivalent (eg, 4 years of documented part-time work at 20 hours/week) within the past 5 years. Experience must be in a paid capacity in the field of medical writing.

Exceptions to the requirement for a bachelor's degree may be granted for individuals with at least 5 full-time years (or equivalent) of verifiable work experience in the field. Experience must have been in a paid capacity within the past 10 years. 

Up Next: Register to take the Exam

Earn the MWC®
Apply to become an MWC®
Register to take the Exam
Prepare to pass the Exam
Recertify and maintain your MWC® credential

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