Essential Skills

Master the Essential Skills of Medical Writing

As the leading authority in medical communication, AMWA has identified areas of proficiency that are crucial for baseline success as a medical communicator in any setting. These areas comprise the "essential skills." AMWA offers a certificate program in these essential skills, giving medical communicators at all levels of experience the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in the fundamentals.

Essential Skills Certificate Program

The Essential Skills (ES) Certificate program consists of any combination of self-study workbooks and in-person workshops. Earn the ES Certificate by completing eight credits in the program within two years. One credit is awarded for each ES self-study workbook (two credits for the Basic Grammar and Usage workbook) or in-person workshop; for the self-study workbooks, credit is awarded after passing the final quiz in each workbook.

Earning the ES Certificate will
  • Establish a solid foundation for expertise in medical communication
  • Show your commitment to professional development
  • Enhance your professional credibility
  • Help you stand out among your peers


The ES Express Package is our most popular pathway to earning the ES Certificate.


ES Express Package

Save over 25% compared to the purchase of the individual self-study workbooks

The ES Express Package enables you to learn at your own pace, when and where it's convenient for you. The ES Express Package includes enrollment in the ES Certificate program, all seven workbooks (eight credits), and Quick Reference Guides, which serve as handy resources. The discount gives you access to education at your fingertips and within your budget.


New: Purchase of the print books now includes access to the digital PDFs and quizzes!




Education Your Way

Purchase individual ES self-study workbooks based on your interests or needs. Enrollment in the ES Certificate program is not included with the purchase of individual workbooks, but it can always be added in the future should you decide to pursue the ES Certificate.


New: Purchase of the print books now includes access to the digital PDFs and quizzes!

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Thank you for making the Essential Skills workbooks available for home study. The workbooks
are an excellent introduction to important medical writing topics and a thorough grammar review. I feel much
more prepared as I embark on my new career in medical writing, and I look forward
to taking advantage of more educational offerings through AMWA.

- Nicola Gillespie


Questions? Contact the AMWA Education team at or 240-238-0940. 


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