Continuing Education Renewal Questions

Questions And Answers

What is the timeframe for accruing continuing education hours?

Click here to see the accrual cycle information. Continuing education hours may be completed any time during the accrual cycle. Note: All continuing education hours must be completed by the application deadline date for renewal of certification by continuing education. Two examples of accrual cycles are shown below:

Example A: Joan Smith passed the examination for the first time on November 2, 2009. Her accrual cycle for continuing education hours started on January 1, 2010.

Example B: Susan Jones was initially certified in 2006 and renewed in 2011 using the continuing education option, with the renewal date of September 15, 2011. The accrual cycle for her next renewal (due in 2016) began on September 16, 2011.

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Is renewal of certification by the Certification Examination also available?

Yes. The Certification Examination is available as a recertification option. For those CDEs who are unable to document meeting the practice requirement, the renewal must be done by passing the Examination. In addition, the application to sit for the Exam must include documentation of the minimum continuing education hours.

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What are the deadline dates for renewal of certification by continuing education and are they different from the deadlines for the Certification Examinations?

There are several deadline dates for the renewal of certification by continuing education process; the dates available include a standard, extended or late deadline option, as well as a grace period option (see current Handbook for full details). All continuing education hours must be completed and submitted with the application by the chosen deadline date. Beginning in 2016, there are no application deadlines per se for the Certification Examination; appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis year-round (see current Handbook for full details).

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Is it possible to "switch" to the continuing education option if the Certification Examination is not successfully completed?

Yes, current CDEs who choose to take the examination in the year that their credential expires and do not pass may apply for renewal of certification by continuing education by the appropriate deadline date. Note: This answer is applicable for the CDE® who can document meeting the renewal practice requirement upon application and all other pertinent requirements. In the event a CDE® cannot document meeting the renewal practice requirement upon application, she will need to document 75 hours of approved continuing education activities as well as passing the Examination. NOTE: The ability to "switch" does not apply to any individual who has let their CDE® credential expire.

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Is it possible to apply for reinstatement of certification by continuing education if my credential has expired?

See the current Renewal by CE Handbook for information on the grace period option (available only through March 31 in the year AFTER you expire and with specific requirements) and Examination Handbook for information on reinstating the CDE credential after it has expired.

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Which continuing education providers are recognized by NCBDE?

Click here for the list of NCBDE recognized continuing education providers.

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Is it necessary to find out if each continuing education activity is offered by a NCBDE recognized provider?

Yes. All continuing education descriptions must contain a statement regarding the provider. Check the NCBDE list of recognized providers (List of Recognized Providers) to determine if the continuing education activity is being offered or approved by a provider on the list.

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Does NCBDE approve continuing education activities?

NCBDE does not approve continuing education activities. To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education, the continuing education activity applicable to diabetes must be approved by one of the providers on the NCBDE list (List of Recognized Providers).

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Do continuing education activities need to be discipline specific?

Continuing education activities need not be discipline specific, however, all continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes. In fact, because your areas of weakness knowledge-wise may be in areas outside your discipline, you may want to look for continuing education opportunities that are outside your discipline.

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How does NCBDE determine if the topic of a continuing education activity is applicable to diabetes?

To determine if the continuing education activity is applicable to diabetes, the subject matter must appear on the Certification Examination Content Outline. The Content Outline is published in the Certification Handbooks and is available on the web site (Examination Content Outline).

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Where can I see the list of the types/formats of continuing education activities that are acceptable?

Click here to review that information.

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Where can I see the list of the types/formats of continuing education activities that are NOT acceptable?

Click here to review that information.

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I have attended several dinners and meetings featuring speakers on subjects applicable to diabetes that have not been approved for continuing education credit, may I count the time spent attending these presentations?

Look to the professional organizations to identify continuing education opportunities, including opportunities to obtain continuing education included in professional journals. Try checking the web sites of industries applicable to diabetes which may offer accredited/approved continuing education. Conferences are not your only option.

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May the total time spent at a seminar be counted toward renewal of certification by continuing education?

Only the time spent specifically on topics applicable to diabetes counts. For example, an eight hour medical seminar has several sessions, but only two, one-hour presentations are applicable to diabetes. Only the two hours spent on the subject matter applicable to diabetes count towards renewal of certification by continuing education.

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What about time spent for announcements, at lunch or touring exhibits?

Time spent on general announcements, breaks, lunch, exhibits or poster sessions, etc. is not accepted. Only the time spent specifically on topics applicable to diabetes may be counted. Participants may count the educational presentation, time allotted for course overviews/introductions, and questions and answers.

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Will members of all different disciplines always receive the same amount of hours for the same continuing education activity?

Yes.

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How is time counted for self-study programs?

Click here for this information.

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Is there a requirement to complete a certain number of continuing education hours each year of the certification cycle?

No. There is no set number of hours that must be completed in a specific year. It is up to the individual to decide how best to obtain the total number of hours needed for renewal of certification by continuing education.

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Will it be possible to take the same course or complete the same activity more than one time and count the hours each time?

No. A specific course or activity may be counted only once per certification cycle.

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How do I obtain an application for renewal of certification by continuing education?

Click here to see how to obtain the Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Handbook.

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Is it necessary to submit certificates of completion for each continuing education activity?

No, not unless you are chosen for audit. If you apply to renew by continuing education and are chosen for an audit, a "Summary of Continuing Education" form is part of the audit documentation materials. Note: It is necessary to provide copies of proof of completion in the event you are chosen for audit.

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How many applications for renewal of certification by continuing education will be audited?

A minimum percent of applications will be audited. CDEs whose applications are selected for audit must provide verification that they met all the requirements at the time of application. Verifications include licensure/registration, practice hours, as well as documentation of completion, e.g., a photocopy of the certificate of completion, verification of attendance, brochure, or other relevant material, for all continuing education activities submitted. Click here for information on the audit process.

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Is there an appeal process when renewal of certification by continuing education is denied?

Yes. However, an appeal is only available in the event that the denial is NOT based on submitting incomplete application documentation, the inability to provide complete audit documentation, or non-payment of fees.

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Is there a sample of the Summary of Continuing Education Activities form needed if I am chosen for audit?

Yes. A sample Summary of Continuing Education Activities form providing important notes and identifying possible errors is available as part of the audit package via download* (See the audit package).

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When will I hear about the status of my application for renewal by continuing education?

See Post-Application Information page.

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