General Information

As announced in November, 2010, the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created the Diabetes Educator Mentorship Program (Program) to promote careers that will lead to a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) designation and improve access to much needed diabetes self-management education (DSME).

The program, which began January 2011, works to partner experienced CDE-credentialed diabetes educators with healthcare professionals who are interested in gaining experience in providing diabetes self-management education. The goal is to assist these professionals with meeting the current hours of experience practice requirement for CDE® certification. 

Mentor Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for mentors are:

  • CDE®, in good standing, for 3 years
  • Current practice as a Diabetes Educator, providing DSME services
  • Other preceptor/mentoring experience
  • Practice accredited by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), e.g., ADA recognition, AADE accreditation, or other program that can demonstrate compliance with national standards
  • Agree to complete and submit appropriate Mentor/Mentee monitoring documentation

Interested in Serving as a Mentor?

First, thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor. The application packet is available as a downloadable file - either in pdf* or word format. If you would like a hard copy of the application mailed to you, please click here to send an email message requesting the document. Be sure to include your mailing address when sending your message.

Mentee Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for mentees are:

  • Meet NCBDE discipline requirements in effect at the time of application
  • Volunteer hours must be accrued within a maximum 4 year period immediately prior to applying for certification
  • Provide DSME volunteer hours under guidance of NCBDE Mentor
  • Accumulate volunteer hours* towards the total 1000 hours of DSME experience
  • Hours provided in practice accredited by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), e.g., ADA recognition, AADE accreditation, or other program that can demonstrate compliance with national standards

*Note: Prior to 2014, a maximum of 400 volunteer hours of the total 1000 hours of DSME experience needed was available through the Diabetes Educator Mentorship Program. However, starting with those applying for the exam in 2014, there is no limiit to the number of volunteer hours under the mentorship program that can be used towards meeting the 1000 hours of DSME experience requrirement.

Interested in Participating in the Program as Mentee?

Thank you for your interest in the CDE® credential. It is recommended that you carefully review the Examination discipline requirements prior to applying to verify that you meet that aspect of NCBDE's eligibility criteria.

Click here to obtain the application packet as a downloadable file in pdf* format. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy version of the application, please click here to send an email message requesting the document. Be sure to include your mailing address when sending your message.

Listing of Mentors by State

Are you interested in becoming a mentee? Have you reviewed the discipline requirement to ensure you meet that requirement? Have you reviewed all of the current initial eligibility requirements to clarify that information? If you have and you'd like to see where mentors are currently available, please click here for a listing by state of currently approved CDE® mentors.

NCBDE wishes to thank these mentor CDEs and the other CDEs who have a mentor application under review for their commitment to diabetes education. We also thank the organizations that employ our mentor CDEs for their support of NCBDE's efforts to expand the number of CDEs available to people with diabetes.

 

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