General Information

While certification may be future goal for a health professional who elects to become a diabetes educator, it is not intended to serve as an entry level to the speciality. Rather, being a practice-based certification, it requires individuals to accrue professional practice experience prior to applying. This practice experience is necessary in order to master the knowledge and application of that knowledge associated with the specialty. A master level program is different than an entry level credentialing process where prior to taking it, individuals need only complete mandatory, prescribed academic requirements, e.g., nursing license examination.

With this information in mind, it is critically important to understand at the outset that the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators is designed and intended only for health professionals who have responsibilities that include the direct provision of diabetes education (as defined by NCBDE). Click here for more details.

Click here to download‡ the informational brochure for the 2018 Examinations.

Eligibility Requirements for Initial Certification - 2018

For a diabetes educator who has not previously taken or passed the Examination or whose CDE® credentials expired prior to 12/31/2013 for 2018 applications, it will be necessary to complete a number of requirements prior to sitting for the Examination.

The eligibility requirements are:

  1. Discipline Requirement:  Meet the discipline requirement. Click here for the details on the discipline requirement. This step must be completed before moving to the rest of the requirements.
  2. Professional Practice Experience:  Click here for the details on the professional practice experience and diabetes education (DE) requirement.
    a. General:  Obtain a minimum of 2 years professional practice experience in your discipline after meeting the discipline requirement; AND
    b. Diabetes Education (DE):  Obtain minimum of 1,000 hours providing DE.
  3. Continuing Education:  Obtain a minimum of 15 continuing education hours. Click here for the details on the continuing education hour requirement; and
  4. Application and Fee: Once all the requirements are met, apply and pay the application fee to sit for the exam. Click here to review the fee information.

For complete details, visit pages 4 -6 of the Examination Handbook

Would you like to assess your eligibility?  Click here to see a checklist that may assist you in determining if you meet the eligibility requirements.

 

Click here for the details on the discipline requirement.
Click here for the details on the professional practice experience requirement.
Click here for the details on the continuing education hour requirement.
Click here to review the fee information.

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