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Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists

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 5, revised

Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator® Exam, 5th Edition, Revised

 A comprehensive guide to help you pass the exam. Now includes:

  • two, 200 multiple-choice-question exams
  • an answer key provides answer rationale for each of the 480 multiple-choice questions 
  • self-assessment quizzes for each of the 3 sections of the CDCES exam
  • test-taking tips and strategies for passing the exam
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ADCES The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition 

THE reference for anyone working with people with diabetes.

Updates include:

  • Two new chapters addressing multiple daily injections (MDI), continuous subcutaneous insulin infusion (CSII), pump therapy, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) and intensifying therapy, pattern management, and data analysis.
  • Revised AADE7 Self-Care Behaviors®, with its recognition of the impact the emotional burden of diabetes on metabolic and quality of life outcomes.
  • Highlights obesity management, including the 3-step algorithm for care of overweight and obese people with diabetes.
  • Expanded coverage of motivational interviewing (MI).
  • Major rewrites of the kidney disease and diabetic neuropathies chapters.

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 & Science of Diabetes Care and Education
  • Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator® Exam

Standard Edition 

The Basic Edition toolkit plus: 

  • ADCES 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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CDCES Exam Prep Self-Assessment

Focus your studying with this self-assessment tool designed to help you pass the CDE exam. Includes:

  • Feedback on what topic areas may require additional study
  • Answer rationales for all questions
  • 200 multiple-choice practice questions 

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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