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Education & CE Opportunities

Becoming a CDE®

Eligibility requirements for becoming a CDE® with the NCBDE 

Eligible Professions
  • Standard pathways: Many health professionals qualify including, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians/Dietitian Nutritionists, Pharmacists, PAs, MD/DO, and many others.
  • Unique Qualifications Pathway (UQP) - Additional options for health professionals with advanced degrees in health-related area/concentration.

    Visit the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators Examination Handbook for complete details
  • At least 2 years of experience working under the qualifying profession (not required to be in diabetes) the 4 years preceding application
  • 1000 hours of diabetes education within 4 years, with 400 hours completed in the preceding year (NOTE: UQP requirement differs)
Other Requirements
  • 15 clock hours of diabetes-related continuing education (CE) within the 2 years preceding application to take exam (UQP requirement differs)
Exam Structure
  • 200 multiple choice questions, including 25 pretest/unscored
  • Time allowed: 4 hours
Major Exam Content Areas
(# of Items / Area
  • Assessment of the Diabetes Continuum (59)
  • Interventions for Diabetes Continuum (88)
  • Disease Management (28)
Practice Exam
  • 50 multiple choice questions in a recommended 60 minute time frame
  • Cost: $55
Initial Certification Fees
  • Cost $350
Exam Window
  • Submit application at any time
  • Must sit for exam within 90 days of approval of application
Renewal Requirements
  • Every 5 years
  • $250-$500 fee, depending on deadline chosen
  • 1000 renewal practice hours during renewal cycle; definition for renewal practice requirement is expanded over initial requirement (if unable to meet practice hour requirement, need to retake exam and provide documentation of 75 hours of CE)
  • Minimum of 75 hours of acceptable activities-minimum of 45 hours of formal CE and maximum of 30 hours of other specified activities (academic courses, presentations, publications, or mentorship for NCBDE)
  • Continue to hold the license, certification or registration for the same discipline held at the time of initial certification
Certification Details Visit ncbde.org

Don't have enough experience to sit for the CDE® exam? Consider a certificate course with the AADE Career Path Certificate Program for Diabetes Self-management Education.


CDE® Prep Tools

CDE Preperation
Pass your upcoming CDE® exam with a variety of professionally designed tools by AADE.

AADE-Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator Exam, 5th Edition

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

 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 CDE® exam
  • test-taking tips and strategies for passing the exam
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The Arts & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 4th Edition

  A core reference for all diabetes educators. Includes: 

  • a great reference guide for in-depth information on CDE® exam topics
  • key concepts, skills & strategies to deliver diabetes education, management and support
  • addresses educational and behavioral challenges of your practice 

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CDE® 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 Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 4th Edition
  • Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator® Exam, 4th Edition     

Standard Edition 

The Basic Edition toolkit plus: 

  • AADE Quick Guide to Medications, 8th Edition 
  • Dictionary of Diabetes Education

CORE Concepts® Course

Live Course

Consider one of our live CORE Concepts Courses to help prepare for the CDE 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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CDE 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 

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