CE Program Accreditation

Thank you for considering the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) for your continuing education needs.  The AADE is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the Commission on Accreditation (ANCC) and the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) in addition to the California Board of Registered Nursing (CBRN).


Submission Deadlines

  • Applications for continuing education credit must be submitted at least  45 business days prior to the program's initial date.
  • Applications submitted less than 45 business days but more than 30 business days prior to the program's initial date will incur an expedited review fee.
  • Applications of 16 contact hours or more received less than 45 business days prior to the anticipated program start date will not be accepted for review and are not eligible for expedited review.
  • In order to meet quality assurance standards, applications submitted less than 30 business days prior to the program's initial date cannot be accepted for review.  

The completed application form and all supporting documents must be submitted together in order for the peer review process to begin. Application deadlines are monitored and enforced. AADE does not approve applications for continuing education programs that have already occurred.

Review and Approval Process

  • Upon receipt of an application for continuing education credit, an AADE Accreditation staff member screens the application for completeness and notifies the Program Coordinator of any errors. The Program Coordinator is generally given one week to respond.
    • Common errors include missing or incomplete biographical-financial conflict of interest disclosure forms (Bio-COIs), incorrectly written learning objectives, missing promotional materials, incomplete information about commercial support, and inconsistencies between the educational activity plan and the evaluation form.
  • Upon receipt of your updates, we send the application to a multidisciplinary team of trained peer reviewers. The peer review process ensures compliance with all accreditation standards. Based on the reviewers' comments, applicants are provided feedback and action is taken until final approval can be granted.

Continuing Education Review Benefit for AADE State Coordinating Bodies (CBs) and Local Networking Groups (LNGs)
Effective October 1, 2013, a standardized policy and procedure has been developed for CBs and LNGs seeking CE program approval. Highlights of the policy include:

  • The free CE benefit applies only to those programs that are hosted solely by an AADE CB or LNG for 8 contact hours or less. 
  • Programs hosted solely by a CB or LNG for more than 8 contact hours will incur a review fee of $20.00 per additional contact hour beginning with the ninth contact hour. Examples: 
    8.0, 8.25, 8.50, or 8.75 contact hours = Free review 
    9.0 contact hours = $20 
    10.5 contact hours = $50 
  • Review the AADE Policy and Procedure for CE Application Review

External groups seeking CE approval: Please contact ceapplication@aadenet.org for information on program approval fees.

Where to send your completed application: Questions and applications can be submitted via email to ceapplication@aadenet.org.

Before you begin the application process, please review the “Submission Deadlines” section above and the reference documents below.

General Information 

Education Plans 

AADE has revised the application for continuing education credits based on criteria established by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Commission on Accreditation in 2013. All applicants must complete and submit the forms shown below. We will work with you to meet accreditation criteria and to provide high quality educational programs for diabetes educators.


Commercial support is financial or in-kind contributions given by a commercial interest that are used to pay for all or part of the costs of an educational activity.
Sponsorship is financial or in-kind contributions from an organization that does not fit the category of a commercial interest and that are used to pay for all or part of the costs of an educational activity.

In order to be in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Standards for Commercial Support, which have been adopted by the ACPE and ANCC, AADE does not review, co-provide, or approve continuing education programs developed by commercial entities. In addition, AADE does not permit educational materials developed by commercial entities, such as slides and handouts, to be used in educational programs.

When your educational program is receiving commercial support from a commercial interest or sponsorship from a not-for-profit entity, the following documents must also be completed and submitted to AADE: 

Eligibility Forms (non-CB/non-LNG)

Repeated Offering of Programs - Encore Presentations
A previously approved program may be repeated until its expiration date. An Encore request form must be completed and sent to AADE 15 business days prior to the repeated program date.