Florida

Status: INTRODUCED

Florida introduced state licensure legislation in February 2016 by State Representative Robert Cortes under House Bill 1261. This bill will allow diabetes educators who meet provisions of this legislation to be licensed in Florida and become Licensed Diabetes Educators.

HB 1261 will:

  • protect individuals with diabetes and
  • create a Licensed Diabetes Educator (LDE) license.

Under the provisions of HB 1261:

  • Those who already hold an active Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential or a Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM) credential will be considered Licensed Diabetes Educators once they apply for licensure.
  • Those who do not hold a CDE or BC-ADM credential currently and who want to call themselves a Licensed Diabetes Educator will need to have a professional health-care background, pass the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators exam, and have a minimum number of 250 hours of experience with diabetes education.

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