The purpose of the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE) certification program is to conduct certification activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in diabetes education. The Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE®) credential demonstrates that the certified health care professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes.
Certification is a voluntary testing program used to assess and validate qualified health care professionals’ knowledge in diabetes education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous eligibility requirements have been met (National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators).
Diabetes self-management training, also called diabetes education, gives patients the knowledge and skills to be able to effectively manage their diabetes on a daily basis. Through a collaborative process, diabetes educators help their patients identify barriers, facilitate problem solving and develop coping strategies (American Association of Diabetes Educators).