Recertify and Maintain Your MWC® Credential

Once the credential has been earned, certified medical writers continue to develop their skills and hone their craft.  

In order to maintain the Medical Writer Certified (MWC®) credential, you must recertify by the end of each 5-year certification period, before December 31 of the fifth year after certification was granted (for example, if certified in October 2015 you must recertify by December 31, 2020). You may recertify by reexamination or by obtaining 50 recertification points from continuing education (CE) activities related to the exam content outline.

Continuing Education and MWC® Recertification Points

You can begin accruing MWC® recertification points as soon as you have passed the exam. Keep documentation for all of your qualifying activities, as you may need to supply this material to the Certification Commission.

There are a wide variety of opportunities to earn MWC® recertification points, including

  • attending or presenting at in-person educational activities.
  • participating in online educational activities.
  • taking or teaching a university-level course.
  • successfully completing AMWA Self-Study Workbooks.
  • publishing articles or books.
  • maintaining a professional membership.

Recertification Handbook

Read the Recertification Handbook
Download the Recertification Tracking Spreadsheet
View a Sample Recertification Tracking Spreadsheet 


Recertification Fees and Deadlines

If you choose to recertify by educationaactivities, your completed MWC Recertification Application and Recertification Tracking Spreadsheet must be completed and submitted with the recertification fee of $375 before September 1 of the year your certification expires.

If you choose to recertify by exam, your completed MWC Recertification Application and exam fee of $495 is due 30 days before the exam window you choose.

Please contact to receive the Recertification Application and links to pay the appropriate fee.



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