The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) encourages every Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) to become a member and actively participate in a professional membership organization. Such membership complements the credential and contributes to professional and personal development and to achieving a successful and meaningful career.

The NCBDE acknowledges that every CDE needs convenient and ongoing access to information on current diabetes-related standards, as well as educational, scientific, and clinical advancements. In addition, it’s important to network with fellow health professionals and explore opportunities to grow and develop in one’s career. A voluntary health association or professional membership organization that focuses on diabetes can offer such information and networking opportunities.

There are numerous professional organizations and associations in the diabetes arena that provide valuable and accessible opportunities at the national, state, and local levels for new and experienced CDEs. NCBDE suggests that CDEs assess their personal and professional needs and interests and join and actively participate in a professional membership organization that best meets those needs and interests. One should expect a professional membership organization to be a resource for current information and news and to provide opportunities to serve on professional boards and committees and in volunteer roles, interact with dedicated professional and lay volunteers, and support awareness campaigns and research and program fundraising.

Where to Start
Ask peers what professional organizations they belong to and what opportunities for learning, networking, and volunteer leadership they have enjoyed as a member of those organizations.

Disclaimer
Although there are professional relationships between NCBDE and various professional membership organizations, NCBDE is a separate and autonomous credentialing organization, not a membership organization. NCBDE is incorporated independent of any other organization, with its own mission, bylaws, finances, and volunteer leadership structure.

Adopted August, 2017 -  NCBDE