The following steps outline the process to become a CDE:
For a checklist to determine eligibility, click here.
*National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators. https://www.ncbde.org/. 2019
"A Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) is a health professional who possesses comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, prediabetes, and diabetes management. The CDE educates, supports, and advocates for people affected by diabetes, addressing the stages of diabetes throughout the lifespan. The CDE promotes self-management to achieve individualized behavioral and treatment goals that reduce risks and optimize health outcomes."*
The CDE Certification is designed for health professionals who have the responsibilities that include the direct provision of diabetes education. Individuals with an active license in the following disciplines are eligible to become a CDE:
- Registered Nurse (including Nurse Practitioners)
- Physician (MD or DO)
- Occupational Therapist
- Physical Therapist
In addition to the above disciplines, individuals with registrations and/or certifications from the following areas are eligible to become a CDE:
- Physicians Assistant
- Exercise Psychologist
- Health Educator (Master Certified Health Education Specialist)
- Health Care Professional with a Master's Degree
For those who do not meet the above qualifications, a "Unique Qualifications" pathway is offered for those who may qualify and practice as a health professional holding an advanced degree in other health related concentrations/majors. Click here for more information.