Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists


ADCES Workforce Training

Workforce Training and Development

Provide ADCES education for your workforce.

ADCES works with healthcare facilities, state and local departments of public health, and other professional healthcare groups to provide workforce training in the areas of diabetes prevention and diabetes self-management education and support. Custom-build your learning activities to achieve the training goals of your organization.

Benefits of ADCES Workforce Training

  • Enhance knowledge and skills – give your staff the tools they need to successfully deliver better patient care
  • Bridge the gap – training new staff while strengthening the knowledge of existing staff results in consistency of information and increased efficiency
  • Invest in your team – commitment to staff training empowers them to become high-performing, confident providers delivering high-caliber diabetes care
  • Earn CE/CME – dietitians, nurses, PAs, pharmacists, and physicians are eligible to receive continuing education credits.

Workforce Training Features

  • Personalized consultation to identify your training needs
  • Options to learn in a group setting or individually
  • Track your staff’s online learning progress through administrative reporting
  • Ability to customize training according to the needs of your staff

ADCES Workforce Training by Level

Where do your team members fit? These distinct levels are differentiated by educational preparation, credentialing, professional practice regulations, and the clinical practice environment. Use this helpful chart to see where some of our current educational offers fit by levels of practice.

For more detailed information on the practice levels, review this Practice Levels document.

Diabetes Paraprofessional Level 1

Complementary workers who interact with those who have or are affected by diabetes. Diabetes paraprofessionals have various roles in the dissemination of information, acquisition of baseline skills and provision of self-management support.

Who are they?

  • Lay health workers
  • Community health workers
  • Peer counselors
  • Health navigators
  • Health promoters
  • Health coaches*
  • Assistive school personnel

* Health coaches meeting the professional and practice experience requirements described in the other certificate programs should enroll in the appropriate program.

Diabetes Paraprofessional Level 2

Complementary healthcare workers who have a defined role in a certified or recognized diabetes education or prevention program. They may also be aligned with practices that serve a dedicated or focused proportion of people with diabetes.

Who are they?

  • Dental Hygienists
  • Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Medical Assistants
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Registered Pharmacy Technicians
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • License Practical Nurses

Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Level 1

Healthcare providers who interact professionally with people with diabetes to provide the essential knowledge and skills needed for safe self-care. These providers have
0–2 years of direct care experience in diabetes.

Who are they?

  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Dietitians (registered or licensed)
  • Pharmacists (registered or licensed)
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians

Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Level 2

Healthcare providers who have achieved an advanced body of core knowledge and skills related to diabetes education and/or management above that which is required by the profession of origin. These providers meet the academic, professional, and experiential criteria to qualify for and maintain the CDE®  credential.

Who are they?

  • Registered Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Nurses
  • Registered Dietitians (registered or licensed)
  • Pharmacists (registered or licensed)
  • Exercise Physiologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physicians