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CBDCE Announces Extension of Temporary Changes for Initial CDCES Certification

Aug 01, 2022

Important Update from CBDCE: Temporary Changes Extended for Practice Experience in Diabetes Care and Education Requirement for Initial CDCES Certification

By Sheryl Traficano, MBA, CAE 
CBDCE CEO 

To address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the ability of health care professionals pursuing the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES®) credential to accrue practice experience in diabetes care and education (DCE), the CBDCE Board of Directors recently approved an extension of the temporary changes to the professional practice requirement relating to DCE for initial CDCES certification. 

 
The extension of the temporary changes, originally effective on April 1, 2021, was approved May 2022 by the CBDCE Board of Directors.
 
With the May 2022 decision, DCE Professional Practice Experience Requirement Changes are identified below:
 
1. For applications submitted through 2024*, minimum DCE experience needed in prior 12 months reduced from 400 hours to 200 hours; and
 
2. For applications submitted through 2026**, minimum 1000 hours (or 2000 hours for unique qualifications pathway) of DCE experience needed can be accrued over a longer period of time. The time frame is increased from 4 years from application date to 5 years from application date.
 
STANDARD PATHWAY
DCE PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT  
 
WITHOUT ADJUSTMENTS
WITH ADJUSTMENTS APPLICATION SUBMITTED IN 2021 THROUGH 2024* WITH ADJUSTMENTS APPLICATION SUBMITTED IN 2025 THROUGH 2026**
 
Current DCE experience (12 months prior to applying)
 
At least 400 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
At least 200 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
At least 400 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
Total DCE experience needed prior to applying
 
Total 1000 hours in no more than 4 years prior to applying
 
Total 1000 hours of DCE within 5 years
 
Total 1000 hours of DCE within 5 years

 

UNIQUE QUALIFICATIONS (UQ) PATHWAY

DCE PROFESSIONAL
PRACTICE EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
 
 
WITHOUT ADJUSTMENTS
WITH ADJUSTMENTS APPLICATION SUBMITTED IN
2021 THROUGH 2024*
WITH ADJUSTMENTS APPLICATION SUBMITTED IN
2025 THROUGH 2026**
 
Current DCE experience (12 months prior to applying)
 
At least 400 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
At least 200 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
At least 400 hours of DCE in last 12 months
 
Total DCE experience needed prior to applying
 
Total 2000 hours in no more than 4 years prior
to applying
 
Total 2000 hours of DCE within 5 years
 
Total 2000 hours of DCE within 5 years

 

* Temporary change was originally to end 2022
** Temporary change was originally to end 2023

 

 

Visit CBDCE’s website: www.cbdce.org

 

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