Requiring periodic certification renewal supports the NBCDE’s certification program objectives. These objectives are:
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
Certification renewal demonstrates that professionals previously certified have maintained a level of contemporary knowledge in diabetes education. NCBDE requires all CDEs recertify every 5 years to maintain certification status. NCBDE’s designation of a 5 year cycle for renewal is associated with the normal time frame identified for the periodic practice analysis that identifies/verifies exam related content for initial certification. For those individuals who are renewing by continuing education, the examination content outline is used as a basis for identifying continuing education activities that are applicable to diabetes (have appropriate subject content).
Renewal of certification must be completed during the calendar year in which a CDE's certification expires. (NOTE: The various renewal deadlines in the calendar year take place prior to the expiration date. Be sure you are aware of the available deadlines.)
If a CDE® can document meeting the renewal practice requirement, she/he may choose to renew either by continuing education (Continuing Education Details) or by taking the examination (Examination Details). If she/he does not meet the renewal practice requirement and still wishes to maintain the credential, renewal can only be accomplished through documentation of acceptable continuing education hours and passing the examination (Click here for the CE Packet to be submitted with Exam application for this situation).
Certification renewal demonstrates that professionals previously certified have maintained a level of contemporary knowledge in diabetes education. NCBDE requires all CDEs recertify every 5 years to maintain certification status. It is the responsibility of each CDE® to stay abreast of changes in certification and/or renewal requirements and to recertify in a timely manner. Valid dates of the credential should be monitored and application for renewal submitted by published deadlines. Extensions of certification are not granted.
Renewal of certification by continuing education requires that CDEs complete 75 clock hours of continuing education in content areas applicable to diabetes during the certification cycle. Continuing education activities completed within the accrual cycle and before the appropriate deadline may be counted, provided the activities are completed at the time of application and the application is postmarked by the published deadline date.
The individual who fails to renew her CDE® credential prior to its expiration date may not use the CDE® designation as a credential following her name, or otherwise as a certification mark, nor may she represent herself in any way as a Certified Diabetes Educator®.
For eligibility requirements, deadlines, and other pertinent details specific to those who wish to renew, click here.