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 & ongoing quality diabetes clinical management, education, prevention & support by defining, developing, maintaining

& protecting the


& credentialing



News & Events

Heads Up on Open CDE Board Positions for 2019 Election
Do you have an interest in serving on the NCBDE Board? Heads up for open Board positions for 2019 election to learn more about the process. Application...
NCBDE Announces New Chair and Board Members Starting 2019
1/11/2019 8:00:00 AM
New Chair announced for 2019 and three new board members elected to NCBDE Board of Directors.