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Education & CE Opportunities

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES®)

The CDCES credential is maintained and fully administered by the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE), formerly the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. Learn more about the eligibility requirements below, or at CBDCE.org.

Don't have enough experience to sit for the CDCES exam? Consider an ADCES Certificate Program instead.


  • CDCES Eligibility Requirements

The Value of Becoming a CDCES Video

Episode Summary

The certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) credential is an important tool to show your expertise in diabetes care and education while advancing career opportunities. Sheryl Traficano, the CEO of the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education, shares how to qualify and apply for the credential. We also discuss tips to help you prepare for the exam and, once you’ve earned the credential, how to renew.


CDCES Prep Tools

Pass your CDCES exam with a variety of professionally designed tools by diabetes care and education specialists!

Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Exam, 6th edition


  • Over 75 self-assessment questions covering assessment of diabetes continuum, interventions for diabetes continuum, and diabetes management
  • Over 400 practice exam questions (two, 200 multiple choice question exams)
  • Answers and rationales to all questions 
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The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 6th Edition 

THE reference for anyone caring for people with diabetes.

The following global revisions have been made to the sixth edition, in addition to specific chapter revisions:

  • Added frequently used abbreviations list added to the front matter
  • Updated to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) Standards of Care in Diabetes 2023 (Standards of Care).
  • Revised language and terminology that is person-first, strength-based, and empowering to help improve communication and enhance the motivation, health, and well-being of PWD (refer to the Forward on page xv).
  • New to this edition is the Insulin Pump Therapy and Automated Insulin Delivery Systems Appendix at the back of this book to support persons with both type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes using insulin pumps.

CDCES Test Prep Toolkit - Bundle and Save!

Basic Edition 

Learn at your own pace using a combination of study guides and practice tests. Includes:

  • The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education
  • Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Exam

Standard Edition 

The Basic Edition toolkit plus: 

  • Quick Guide to Medications 

CORE Concepts® Course

Live Course

Consider one of our live CORE Concepts Courses to help prepare for the CDCES exam. Over two days, attendees can will earn up to 23 CE while exploring the fundamentals of diabetes education.

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Online Course

Over nine weeks, participants are guided through the basis of diabetes education. Facilitated discussions and a communication forum allow for easy interaction among registrants and the instructors. Plan to spend 4-5 hours per week on course material and earn 22 CE. 

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Better Together: Discover the benefits of belonging

ADCES is the only organization specifically for diabetes care and education specialists, offering community, opportunity and so much more.

  • Stay on the forefront of your field — Obtain up to 50 hours of free continuing education, as well as member discounts on the products above, and more!
  • Stay tech savvy throughout the year — Find more information and training on the latest diabetes devices and technologies on Danatech.org, our award-winning technology platform.
  • Keep your finger on the pulse of your field — Enjoy FREE subscriptions to The Diabetes Educator journal and ADCES in Practice magazine.
  • Grow your network — Connect with diabetes care specialists across the U.S. through ADCES Connect online community.

*The use of ADCES products does not guarantee successful passage of the CDCES exam. CDCES is a registered mark owned by CBDCE. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam.
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