May 2022 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 an extension of the temporary changes to the professional practice requirement relating to DCE for initial certification. Learn more about what changed in our Pandemic Impact Certification Statement.
CBDCE Scholarship Program: The window for apply for the 2022 scholarship program closed May 15. Qualified applications were reviewed and winners notified in July. Learn more.See the 2022 scholarship winners. The window for the 2023 program will open in mid-March.
The CDCES program is a practice-based certification for experienced health professionals who provide diabetes care and education in the United States or its territories.
To apply to take the exam, you must have
Earned one of the qualifying professional disciplines
Prior professional practice experience providing diabetes care and education
Mastered the knowledge and application associated with the specialty
Read on to find out if you meet the requirements.
You will need to have a license, registration or certification in a specific discipline when you apply for the CDCES Examination and when you take the exam if you are following the standard pathway to certification.
The discipline requirement
must be completed before the other eligibility requirements can be met.
To meet the professional practice requirement, you will need
A minimum of 2 years professional practice experience in your discipline after meeting the discipline requirement.
A minimum of 1,000 hours providing diabetes care and education (DCE) earned within the 5* years prior to your application date, with a minimum of 20%* of those hours (200* hours) accrued in the most recent year preceding application.
*Note: Reflects change effective April 1, 2021 --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 temporary changes to the professional practice requirement relating to DCE for initial certification. Learn more on what changed in ourPandemic Impact Certification Statement.
What counts as Diabetes Care and Education (DCE)?
Diabetes self-management education and support (DSMES), historically also referred to as diabetes self-management training or diabetes education, is performed by health professionals who have appropriate credentials and experience consistent with their profession’s scope of practice. CBDCE uses the term diabetes care and education (DCE). Review the Exam Handbook for specific information on which activities are considered DCE.
In addition to meeting the professional practice and diabetes education experience requirement, you will need a minimum of 15 continuing education (CE) hours applicable to diabetes prior to taking the exam. The CE activity must be
Earned within the two (2) years prior of applying for the exam