CMET provides flexible pathways for recertification that
fit your practice, lifestyle and professional experience.


Physicians who became certified by CMET in 2017-2023 have an initial seven-year certificate.

Physicians who became certified in 2024 or later have a five-year certificate.

To maintain your FAPWHc credentials, you must recertify every 5 years*. You may apply up to (1) one year before the expiration date.

*NOTE: Credentials that expire before 9/30/2023 may continue for their grandfathered length until the next recertification period.

Regardless of the recertification path chosen, candidates must complete the recertification application, pay fees, and, if required, submit supporting documentation.

To maintain the CMET Physician Certification, individuals must earn (7) seven accredited CMEs each year. 35 during the course of certification.  Supporting annual CME documentation is not required at recertification, however, individuals are responsible for the safekeeping of all CME acquired during each (5) years of certification in the event of an audit.

This requirement is in addition to a physician’s activity choices in their Recertification.

Path 1
Path 2
Path 3

By Examination

  • Simply re-take and pass the Physicians Certification Exam.

By Education

  • No exam needed. Complete the APWH sponsored skin and wound management course.

By Presentation/Publication

  • Complete and submit two from any of the choices (A-D) below. Case studies, articles, lectures, and posters/abstracts are accepted. Materials must be submitted in digital format. (PDF, PPT, MP4, or other digital formats).
  1. Case study presentation/documentation of five complex wound cases.
    • Patients must have been seen and treated within the past five years. CMET prefers the past year. (reference appendix: Submission guidelines).
  2. Publication of one (1) wound care article in a peer-reviewed journal, PubMed indexed and approved by CMET.
  3. Presentation of two lectures at two different wound care events.
    • The same lecture cannot be used twice.
  4. Presentation of a poster or oral abstract at a wound care event.
    • If submitting two abstracts, they must be on different wound care topics such as two different treatments for infection.
    • The two abstracts can also be on the same topic if they demonstrate the continuation of primary research.

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Candidates who fail to recertify or recredential will have their certification status revoked, and will no longer be permitted to use their credential.

Physicians must renew or apply for recertification before the due date. Failure to do so will result in the physician being considered lapsed. In some cases, a grace period of up to 90 days may be provided if arranged before the expiration. However, after the grace period, the physician must re-apply as a new candidate.