Welcome to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators


A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. A CDE® educates and supports people affected by diabetes to understand and manage the condition. A CDE® promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that optimize health outcomes.

NCBDE was established in 1986 as an independent organization to promote the interests of diabetes educators and the public at large by granting certification to qualified health professionals involved in teaching persons with diabetes, through establishment of eligibility requirements and development of a written examination. Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE® credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education.

To learn more about how to obtain the CDE® credential, click here.


The mission of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)

is to promote comprehensive and ongoing quality diabetes education and support by defining, developing, maintaining, and

protecting the


and credentialing



News & Events

CDC Releases 2017 Diabetes Report Card
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Diabetes Translation has released the 2017 Diabetes Report Card.
NCBDE Announces New Chair and Board Members Starting 2018
New Chair announced for 2018 and four new board members elected to NCBDE Board of Directors.