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 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?


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 Excellence (ICE).



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