It is critically important to understand at the outset that the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators is designed and intended only for health care professionals who have defined roles as diabetes educators, not for those who may perform some diabetes related functions as part of or in the course of other usual and customary occupational duties.

Mission Statement

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 quality diabetes education (effective 2/2013).

Purpose and Objectives of Certification

The purpose of the NCBDE certification program is to conduct certification activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in diabetes self-management education. The Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) credential demonstrates that the certified health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes.

Certification is a voluntary process used to assess and validate qualified health care professionals' knowledge in diabetes education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous eligibility requirements have been met. Certification is not required by law for employment in the field, although some agencies may use board certification as a basis for employment, job promotions, salary increases and other considerations.

Objectives of the certification program are to:

  • provide a mechanism to demonstrate professional accomplishment and growth
  • provide formal recognition of specialty practice and knowledge at a mastery level
  • provide validation of demonstrated dedication to diabetes education to consumers and employers
  • promote continuing commitment to best practices, current standards and knowledge

Contact NCBDE

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators
330 East Algonquin Road, Suite 4
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Telephone 877-239-3233 or 847 228-9795
Facsimile 847 228-8469