Credential & Organization Name Changes Questions

Questions And Answers

Why change the certification title?

It’s important to reflect the current profession designation. Though ‘diabetes educator’ has a long and important history, the field is moving away from that term. With that the terms ‘Certified Diabetes Educator’ and ‘CDE’ needs to represent the future of the profession. We do feel that the new name may help the public and other stakeholders understand better the work done in the role and the knowledge and skills needed to support positive outcomes.

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Why change the organization’s name?

To reflect the changes in the specialty designation and also to identify the organization's wish to be open to other certifications related to diabetes care and education.

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Does this change how the organization operates?

No, the organization will continue to be a separately incorporated, private, non-governmental, not for profit certifying body, with its own board of directors and mission.

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As a CDE, what do these changes mean to me right now?

As a certificant, there’s nothing you need to do immediately. You can choose to move from using ‘Certified Diabetes Educator” or “CDE’ to ‘Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist’ or ‘CDCES’ beginning in 2020 if you wish. When you renew, you’ll automatically receive documentation that identifies you under the new certification title. You’ll still visit the NCBDE website or call the NCBDE office (847-228-9795) if you need information or assistance. As the title of the organization changes and the website gets updated, the organization will continue to provide information on how best to access information.

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For someone interested in becoming certified, what does this change mean?

Besides a new certification title for those who are successful in passing the exam, there are no changes right now in the eligibility requirements or examination content outline. Continue on your journey! You’ll also still visit the NCBDE website or call the NCBDE office (847-228-9795) if you need information or assistance. As the title of the organization changes and the website gets updated, the organization will continue to provide information on how best to access information.

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