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 Exam 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 must
- hold a bachelor or advanced degree (in any field), and
- have at least 2 years of paid work experience in the field of medical communication
Questions about eligibility? Review the eligibility FAQs and read the Qualifying Work Experience document, which provides detailed information of what activities constitute 2 years of paid medical writing experience, including examples.
Why Should You Earn the MWC?
“[Earning the MWC] was the path to differentiate myself with tangible proof of my skill set…In addition to bringing value to my current role, I believe the credential will only grow in value.”
“Anyone can hang out a shingle and call herself a medical writer, but having the MWC identifies you as a professional who has demonstrated medical writing core competencies.”
“Since I don’t have a degree in medical writing, I wanted to show others (and myself) that I have the necessary skill set. MWC certification is a manifestation of my expertise; it gives my work credibility.”
“I proudly display the MWC credential in my email signatures, and I feel strongly that it enhances my credibility as a medical writer with new and existing customers.”
What to Expect from the MWC Exam
Review these resources to learn more about the credential and how to prepare for the exam:
Just Breaking Into the Field?
Only medical communicators with at least 2 years of experience (those whose professional focus is medical writing, not necessarily writing as part of clinical, scientific, or other work) are eligible to earn the MWC.
If you are just starting out in the medical writing field, we recommend exploring AMWA's Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Medical Writer and Essential Skills Certificate program.
The Medical Writing Certification Commission, with the support of AMWA, is a member of the Institute for Credentialing