General Information (2015)

Renewal of certification must be completed during the calendar year in which a CDE's certification expires. 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 may be counted provided they are completed within the appropriate cycle and no later than the the time of application. 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®.

Practice Requirement

The NCBDE Board of Directors approved a change in requirements for renewal of certification which began with those CDEs renewing in 2010. Individuals will need to document a minimum of 1000 hours of professional practice experience in diabetes self-management education at the time of application for renewal of certification. Individuals will still be able to choose whether renewal of certification will be completed using the continuing education option or by taking the Certification Examination. View practice requirement details.

Eligibility Requirements for Renewal of Certification 2015

Renewal requirements for CDEs whose credentials will expire in 2015 (Note: Renewal by continuing education in 2015 applies only to CDEs whose credentials expire 12/31/2015):

  • Individuals must continue to hold the license or registration for the same discipline held at the time of initial certification. This license or registration must be current, active, and unrestricted at the time of renewal.
  • Accrual of a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice experience during the five-year certification cycle. NOTE: Refer to the Renewal Practice Requirement for additional information on the practice requirement and option for those who cannot meet that requirement.
  • Application Fee(s) Payment
  • Successfully complete the renewal by continuing education option OR passing the CDE examination

Eligibility Requirements for Reinstatement of Expired Credentials 2015

Reinstatement requirements:

1. For individuals whose CDE credentials have expired between 12/31/2010 and 12/31/2014. Note: Individuals whose CDE® credentials expired in 2014 or earlier must use the Examination process (Examination Details) to regain use of the CDE® credential. Renewal by continuing education in 2015 applies only to CDEs whose credentials expire 12/31/2015.

  • Individuals must continue to hold the license or registration for the same discipline held at the time of initial certification. This license or registration must be current, active, and unrestricted at the time of renewal.
  • Accrual of a minimum of 1,000 hours of professional practice experience during the five-year accrual cycle. NOTE: Refer to the Renewal Practice Requirement for additional information on the practice requirement and option for those who cannot meet that requirement. Refer to the Examination Handbook to identify the accrual cycle for the reinstatement of an expired credential.
  • Application Fee(s) Payment
  • Successfully passing the CDE examination

2. Individuals whose CDE credentials expired prior to 2010 - See Eligibility Requirements.

Renewal Fees

The application fee includes a $100 non-refundable processing fee. Refer to the 2015 Certification Examination Handbook or the current Renewal by Continuing Education Certification Handbook (Certification Handbook) for additional information on fee policies.

Renewal of Certification by Examination: $250.00. Note: For reinstatement of credential, e.g., individuals whose credentials expired on or prior to 12/31/2014, $350.

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - STANDARD Postmark Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): $250.00.

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - EXTENDED Postmark Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): $250, plus $50 late fee - total fee: $300.00.

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - LATE Postmark Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): $250, plus $150 late fee - total fee: $400.00.

Application Deadline Dates

Renewal of Certification by Examination: Click here

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - STANDARD Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): July 1, 2015 to September 15, 2015.

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - EXTENDED Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): September 16, 2015 to October 15, 2015.

Renewal of Certification by Continuing Education Option - LATE Deadline (available only to currently certified individuals): October 16, 2015 to December 15, 2015.

Obtain an Application for Renewal of Certification

Click here for information on obtaining the Examination Handbook (and Application).

Click here for information on obtaining the Renewal by Continuing Education Certification Handbook (and Application).

Obtain Sample Audit Summary of Continuing Education Activities Form

Click here for information on obtaining a sample Audit Summary of Continuing Education Activities Form for the Application. The document is available via download or mail.

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