Apply for the CDCES Credential
Join the ranks of thousands who have validated their expertise and professionalism by earning the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) designation.
CDCESs educate and support people affected by diabetes. They help people and their families
- Understand and manage the condition
- Achieve behavioral and treatment goals
- Optimize health outcomes
The CDCES designation is for health professionals who possess comprehensive knowledge and experience in
- Diabetes management
- Diabetes prevention
Employers, health care providers, and people with diabetes look for the CDCES credential when choosing to work with a diabetes care and education specialist. The certification ensures you possess the skills and knowledge necessary to deliver high quality diabetes care and education.
For an overview of the eligibility requirements, learn more in the CDCES brochure or check out our video below.
There are two pathways to certification. The vast majority of people qualify to follow the standard pathway.
If you have one of the licenses, registrations or certifications included in the discipline requirements or a master’s degree in social work, you will follow the standard pathway.
Unique qualifications (UQ) pathway
The UQ pathway is for health professionals who are not eligible to follow the standard pathway. Most people do not take the UQ pathway.