Welcome to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators

A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. A CDE® educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDE® promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.

NCBDE was established in 1986 as an independent organization to promote the interests of diabetes educators and the public at large by granting certification to qualified health professionals involved in teaching persons with diabetes, through establishment of eligibility requirements and development of a written examination. Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE® credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education.

To learn more about how to obtain the CDE® credential, click here.


The mission of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)

is to define, develop, maintain and protect the certification and credentialing process to
promote ongoing quality diabetes education and



News & Events

2015 Count of CDEs by State and Other Statistics
1/20/2015 10:20:00 AM
NCBDE is making available a count by state of CDE®s* as of 1/20/2015
New Resources for CDEs
1/16/2015 2:30:00 PM
NCBDE has created one-page information sheets targeted to people living with diabetes or prediabetes as well as the healthcare providers CDEs work with...
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