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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.



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).
  • have at least 2 years of paid work experience in the medical communication field.

Questions about eligibility?  Review the eligibility FAQs.  Be sure to r
ead the Applicant and Candidate Handbook for detailed information on eligibility requirements, the application process, and the examination.


Upcoming Exam Dates and Locations

Application Deadline: April 23, 2018

Exam Dates: June 2018

Information on exam locations will be posted in March.

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:  Apply to Become an MWC®

Apply to become an MWC
Prepare to take take Exam
Recertify and maintain your MWC® credential



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



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