Enterostomal Therapy Nurses play a significant part in improving the quality of life of patients.

The WCET® aspires to ensure that specialised Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Care is available world-wide for people with ostomy, wound or continence needs.

This is such an important aim of the WCET® that it forms the basis of the WCET® Mission, Vision and Values statements.

The World Council of Enterostomal Therapists® (WCET®) supports two models of educational programs:

  • Enterostomal Therapy Nursing Education Program (ETNEP) which addresses the three fields of practice: stoma, wound and continence care.
  • Recognised Education Program (REP) which includes training in stoma care, stoma and wound care or stoma and continence care.  Note that stoma care remains the basis of each program.


To ensure that educational programs worldwide respect an essential basic content, the WCET® Education Committee has developed guidelines to support established, newly initiated and proposed educational programs.

Based on these guidelines, criteria for WCET® recognition of all ETNEPs and REPs have been developed. The process requires up to two months to complete.

All the documents for a MOU, an ETNEP or a REP curriculum and form to complet to apply for WCET® recognition are available on the ETNEP & REP Education page. 
Program Directors are encouraged to apply for this WCET recognition.


Graduates completing a WCET® recognised ETNEP or REP will receive a WCET® recognition certificate.

In addition to providing an official recognition status to educational programs, the WCET® recognition guarantees the students that these programs follow the basic required guidelines.

The Norma N Gill Foundation® (NNGF®) supports the WCET® recognition program.  NNGF® Scholarships may be used to apply for these programs.


ETNEP and REP programs (Updated September 2020)