If you have the background and experience, earning the CDCES credential may be the right choice for you.
Application/Scheduling/Testing Blackout Period: To improve the candidate experience, CBDCE is currently transitioning to a new application platform. Please make note of the following blackout periods and keep these dates in mind for when you want to apply, schedule, and take your exam.
From 2/9/2024 to 2/27/2024 individuals cannot apply for the CDCES exam. From 2/19/2024 to 2/27/2024 no scheduling or testing. March 1, 2024 applications, scheduling, and testing resume.
The 2024 CDCES Scholarship Program application window will open mid-March 2024. CBDCE established the scholarship program to support the journey for health professionals in the specialty and to encourage diversity in the pool of health professionals holding the CDCES credential. Learn more.
November 2023 Update: To address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of health professionals pursuing the CDCES credential to accrue practice experience in diabetes care and education (DCE), the CBDCE Board of Directors has approved moving the temporary changes to the professional practice requirement relating to DCE for initial certification to permanent state. Learn more about what changed in our Pandemic Impact Certification Statement.
Join over 19,500 healthcare professionals who have validated their diabetes expertise by earning the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential. RNs, NPs, RDNs, CNSs, PAs, PharmDs, MDs, and other health professionals hold the multi-disciplinary CDCES credential.
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
Employers, healthcare providers, and people with diabetes look for the CDCES credential when working with a diabetes care and education specialist. The certification ensures you possess the skills and knowledge to deliver high-quality diabetes care and education.
Why get CDCES-certified? Earning the CDCES credential will demonstrate your diabetes skills and expertise, show your commitment to excellence in patient care, help you to distinguish yourself among your peers, enhance career opportunities, and optimize the health outcomes of people living with diabetes.