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What is a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)?

Originated by: Dominika Murphy

Submitted: 26 Apr 2011

Last updated on: 26 Apr 2011

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A Certified diabetes educator (CDE) is a health care professional who is specialized and certified to teach people with diabetes how to manage their condition, and has passed the C.D.E. national exam. According to the NCBDE (National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators), the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators is designed and intended solely for healthcare professionals who have defined roles as diabetes educators, not for those who may perform some diabetes-related functions as part of or in the course of other usual and customary duties. To be eligible for the exam, individuals must:

  • Be from the following disciplines: A clinical psychologist, registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), or podiatrist holding a current, active, unrestricted license; or a dietitian, physician assistant, exercise specialist, or exercise physiologist holding active certification from their respective certification boards; or a healthcare professional with a minimum of a master's degree in social work
  • Have completed 1000 hours of experience in diabetes self-management education
  • Have completed 15 hours of continuing education in diabetes


National Certification Board for Diabetes Edcuators (NCBDE) at www.ncbde.org

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American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)

The AADE has a multidisciplinary membership that is committed to integrating self-management education into the care of all people with diabetes. Their professional services include conferences, webinars, advocacy and publications.

National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE)

NCBDE is responsible for maintaining and protecting the certification process for Certified Diabetes Educators. The Board aims to advance the specialty practice of diabetes.

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