MWC Certification


Recognizing Medical Writing Professionals

The Medical Writing Certification Commission (MWCC), in collaboration with the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA), has developed the Medical Writer Certified (MWC®) credential that defines the scope of medical writing practice and distinguishes individuals in the field.  The MWC® credentialing program is a rigorous, exam-based professional certification.  Professionals who hold this credential have demonstrated their understanding of medical writing core competencies.

By becoming an MWC® you can

  • give an employer or client increased confidence in your credibility and knowledge of medical writing.
  • show your commitment to continued professional development in the field of medical writing.
  • increase your marketability with opportunities for career advancement.


About the MWC® Exam

The MWC® Examination is administered via computer-based testing (CBT) in a secure, proctored setting. It is offered at more than 300 testing centers worldwide by the testing administration company, Iso-Quality Testing, Inc. (IQT). The 125-question, multiple-choice exam is administered, in English, over a 2.5-hour period. The Examination Content Outline found in the Candidate Study Guide provides a detailed explanation of the 5 domains covered in the exam (Gathering, Evaluating, Organizing, Interpreting, and Presenting). All exam questions relate directly to the knowledge, skills, and abilities linked to these 5 domains.



Candidates for the MWC® are professional medical writers who have communication expertise, awareness of ethical standards, and health care knowledge. They gather, evaluate, organize, interpret, and present information about medicine and health for target audiences. Their expertise provides clarity on scientific advances to healthcare professionals and educates the public about medical discoveries. Additionally, candidates

  • hold a bachelor or advanced degree (in any field), and
  • have at least 2 years of paid work experience in the medical communication field.

Questions about eligibility? Review the eligibility FAQs. Be sure to read the Qualifying Work Experience document for more detailed information of what activities constitute 2 years of paid medical writing experience, including examples.


Watch Earning the MWC®: What You Need to Know

Learn more about the credential and how to prepare for the exam in this video led by former MWCC Commission Chair, Marianne Mallia.  


Just Breaking Into the Field?

Explore AMWA's New Medical Writer Toolkit for more information about this challenging and rewarding career and learn more about the essential skills of medical writing.


Up Next:  Steps to Earning the MWC®

Steps to Earning the MWC
Exam Dates & Deadlines
Apply to become an MWC
Prepare to take take Exam
Recertify and maintain your MWC credential
FAQs about the MWC



The Medical Writing Certification Commission, with the support of AMWA, is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE).



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