What is the process to become a CDE?
Who can become a CDE?
The following steps outline the process to become a CDE:


  1. Practice for at least two years in one of the fields/areas listed above
  2. Complete a minimum of 1,000 hours providing diabetes education
  3. Obtain a minimum of 15 continuing education hours
  4. Submit an official application to the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)
  5. Once application is approved by the NCBDE, schedule and sit for the exam

For a checklist to determine eligibility, click here.

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Certified Diabetes Educator

*National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators. https://www.ncbde.org/. 2019
What is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)?
"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."*
Click below to be redirected to the National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) website for more information:



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)

   - Pharmacist

   - Physician (MD or DO)

   - Podiatrist

   - Optometrist

   - 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:


   - Dietitian

   - 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.