General Information

The National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) Diabetes Educator Mentorship Program (Program) was formed back in 2010 in association with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  This optional Program was created to promote careers that will lead to a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) designation and improve access to much needed diabetes education (DE). 

This optional program was designed to partner experienced CDE-credentialed diabetes educators with health professionals who are interested in gaining experience in providing diabetes education. The goal is to assist these professionals with meeting the current hours of experience practice requirement for CDE® certification.  

Mentor Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for mentors are: 

  • CDE®, in good standing, for 3 years
  • Current practice as a Diabetes Educator, providing DE services
  • Other preceptor/mentoring experience
  • Verify that DE provided includes*:
    • a process to coordinate educational activities
    • the individual’s learning needs and goals
    • a curriculum (appropriate diabetes content areas, learning objective, methods of instruction delivery and methods for learning evaluation)
    • documentation of the educational activities
    • communication to the individual’s primary care provider and/or the referring provider
    • regular assessment of the needs of your community and changes made based upon those needs
    • regular evaluation of the educational effectiveness and outcomes with results used to make changes in the educational activities
  • Agree to complete and submit appropriate Mentor/Mentee monitoring documentation

*Additional information may be requested for any application and is required if the application is chosen for audit. Applications may be audited for any reason. If an application is chosen for audit, the practice’s diabetes education curriculum and other documentation verifying components of DE as identified above will be required.

Looking for additional resources to assist you with your mentorship?  Want to learn more about what is involved in being a mentor? For additional information on the mentorship program including forms to assist our mentors in guiding, coaching and working with mentees, visit our Mentor Toolkit which is available in the CDE area of the website.

Interested in Serving as a Mentor?

First, thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor. The application packet is available as a downloadable and fillable pdf file - click here. If you would like a hard copy of the application mailed to you, please click here to send an email message requesting the document. Be sure to include your mailing address when sending your message. 

Mentee Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for mentees are:

  • Meet NCBDE discipline requirements in effect at the time of application
  • Volunteer hours must be accrued within a maximum 4 year period immediately prior to applying for certification
  • Provide DE volunteer hours under guidance of NCBDE Mentor

Interested in Participating in the Program as Mentee?

Thank you for your interest in the CDE® credential. It is recommended that you carefully review the Examination discipline requirements prior to applying to verify that you meet that aspect of NCBDE's eligibility criteria before applying for this optional program.

Click here to obtain the application packet as a downloadable file in pdf* format. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy version of the application, please click here to send an email message requesting the document. Be sure to include your mailing address when sending your message.

NCBDE has put together additional resources in our Mentee Information & Resource packet.  We encourage you to take a look at the packet as it contains information what to expect in the mentor – mentee relationship as well as a number of forms that mentees can use while being mentored. 

Listing of Mentors by State

Are you interested in becoming a mentee? Have you reviewed the discipline requirement to ensure you meet that requirement? Have you reviewed all of the current initial eligibility requirements to clarify that information? If you have and you'd like to see where mentors are currently available, please click here for a listing by state of currently approved CDE® mentors.

NCBDE wishes to thank these mentor CDEs and the other CDEs who have a mentor application under review for their commitment to diabetes education. We also thank the organizations that employ our mentor CDEs for their support of NCBDE's efforts to expand the number of CDEs available to people with diabetes.


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