Exam 800 Hours FAQ's


One of the requirements to write the CDE exam is obtaining Experience in Diabetes Education.  The following questions and answers are listed to help you collect and calculate this requirement.  This page is dedicated to questions only on the 800 hour requirements.

800.1  Do I qualify to write the examination? 


800.2  I work in a Diabetes Education Centre for 40 hours a week.  Can I count all 40 hours of that time as my experience.


800.3  I spend a lot of time reviewing products and medications available to those with diabetes.  Is that considered part of diabetes education to contribute towards my 800 hours of diabetes education experience? 


800.4  I am taking a course about diabetes from my local college.  May I include that in my calculation of 800 hours of diabetes education experience?


800.5  A great deal of my practice is consulting.  I provide information to or I consult with other health care professionals regarding their patients with diabetes.  Is this considered diabetes education?  These people are talking with me about their patients with diabetes?

800.6  What time contributes towards my 800 hours for diabetes education experience?

800.7  I will not have my 800 hours until I am ready to write the exam - is that OK?

800.8  I have diabetes, does the time looking after "me" count?

800.9  I am a health professional and I do not have any experience working with diabetes but my child has diabetes, can I use that time?

800.10  I meet all of the criteria, however, I do not work in a Diabetes Education Centre, is that OK?

800.11  I am a member of a Canadian Regulatory Body, and I have 800 hours of experience, but the experience was not in Canada, can I apply?

800.12  How do I calculate the time that I provide diabetes education, and what part of my job is diabetes education?

800.13  How do I calculate the time that I spend providing diabetes education? I have not logged it. 

800.14  I am a community pharmacist, how do I track my diabetes education experience?

800.15  I provide diabetes education to those that are in danger of diabetes, does that contribute towards the 800 hours?

800.16  I provide diabetes education to health care professionals do I qualify to write the exam or do I have to provide diabetes education to people with diabetes?

800.17  I just graduated and I am an intern may I use the experience I have accumulated while an intern?

800.18  I live in a country other than Canada and I hold a Canadian licence to practice as a Canadian health care professional.  Does the experience that I gained while working within that country utilizing my Canadian licence and my foreign licence contribute towards the 800 hours necessary.

800.19  I live in a country other than Canada and I do not hold a Canadian licence to practice as a Canadian health care professional.  May I use the experience that I have obtained while working within the licence of another country towards the 800 hours now that I have a Canadian licence?

800.20  In regards to the 800 hour requirement needed to write the exam, does my nursing practice over the years working in the community and now in the hospital count? 

800.21  I have an immediate family member on a pump, diagnosed at 5 years of age, that would help me accumulate my time, wouldn't it not?

800.22  I spend a lot of time with people with diabetes. Therefore, does that time contribute towards the 800 hours of experience?

800.23  Does the time I spend taking a course contribute towards the 800 hours of education experience?

800.24  I look after family members with diabetes, does that time contribute towards my diabetes education experience?


 

800.1   Do I qualify to write the examination?

Refer to section 3 of the Handbook. You must meet all of the criteria to be eligible. There are no exceptions.  You must be registered with a regulatory body in Canada as a regulated health professional. And you must have provided diabetes education for at least 800 hours of practice in diabetes education.  Only the time you provide diabetes education while working contributes to the 800 hours.   That experience must be completed within any period of time within the three year period immediately prior to the February 1, application date (not the exam date). The Diabetes Education Experience that you are providing will fall within the competencies listed in the Examination Handbook.




800.2  I work in a Diabetes Education Centre for 40 hours a week.  Can I count all 40 hours of that time as my experience


Sorry, only the time you spend teaching those with diabetes, those in danger of diabetes or the care givers of those with diabetes contributes towards the 800 hours.  Review of charts, charting, review of education materials, taking a course, a lunch and learn, and coffee breaks are not considered diabetes education. 

 

800.3  I spend a lot of time reviewing products and medications available to those with diabetes.  Is that considered part of diabetes education to contribute towards my 800 hours of diabetes education experience?

Unfortunately only the time you spend teaching those with diabetes, those in danger of diabetes, or the care givers of those with diabetes contributes towards the 800 hours.  Self education, or preparation of medications for those with diabetes does not contribute towards this time.

 

800.4  I am taking a course about diabetes from my local college.  May I include that in my calculation of 800 hours of diabetes education experience?

It is always great to enhance your knowledge of diabetes education.  However, when calculating the time you spend taking a course, reviewing materials,  working on projects, taking tests, this time does not contribute towards that initial 800 hours of diabetes education experience.  We do acknowledge it may assist you in preparing for the examination however it does not contribute towards the 800 hours of experience. 


800.5  A great deal of my practice is consulting.  I provide information to or I consult with other health care professionals regarding their patients with diabetes.  Is this considered diabetes education?  These people are talking with me about their patients with diabetes?

Yes, diabetes education may be provided to the care givers of those with diabetes.  Care givers may also include other health care professionals.  However, remember, only the time you spending consulting and teaching them about diabetes is considered diabetes education to be utilized in the initial 800 hours of diabetes education experience. 

 
800.6  What time contributes towards my 800 hours for diabetes education experience?

Only the time that you spend teaching those with diabetes, those in danger of diabetes, the care givers of those with diabetes, including providing advice on medication and treatment, contributes towards the 800 hours necessary to challenge the examination.  This may include, one on one teaching, group teaching or professional consultations. 

 

Items that are NOT considered diabetes education include:  charting; the actual filling of a prescription; developing educational materials; taking a course about diabetes, etc.  Merely deciding a percentage of your working hours contributes to the 800 hours would be not eligible.  During working hours alternate activities, such as breaks, charting, general conversations etc. are not considered part of the 800 hour calculation.  Therefore a more detailed review of your daily activities should be calculated by you and reviewed by your supervisor(s).  Remember, all candidates are subject to random credentialing of their working hour experience.

800.7  I will not have my 800 hours until I am ready to write the exam - is that OK?

No, that is not OK. Your 800 hours of diabetes education must be within a period of not more than three years prior to applying to write the examination, while registered as a member of a regulatory body in Canada as a health professional.

 

800.8  I have diabetes, does the time looking after "me" count?

Sorry, it does not.

 

800.9  I am a health professional and I do not have any experience working with diabetes but my child has diabetes, can I use that time?

You must have "worked" at least 800 hours, not "experienced" 800 hours.

 

800.10  I meet all of the criteria, however, I do not work in a Diabetes Education Centre, is that OK?

Working in Diabetes Education does not mean you have to work in a formal Diabetes Education Centre. There are many opportunities to work with and apply diabetes education outside of a formal diabetes education centre. Diabetes educators are found in communities, hospitals, pharmacies, family health teams, wellness centres etc.

 

800.11  I am a member of a Canadian Regulatory Body, and I have 800 hours of experience, but the experience was not in Canada, can I apply?

Provided you meet all of the criteria you are eligible. Therefore, being registered under the legislative body which regulates the practice of the health professionals in Canada and gaining your experience outside of Canada continues to "count" as your experience. Sorry, if you obtained your experience while registered with a health authority that is NOT a Canadian regulated health profession that time would not contribute towards your 800 hours of experience.

Example:  Canadian Forces Registered Nurse licensed by CNO practicing in Iraq is eligible.


800.12  How do I calculate the time that I provide diabetes education, and what part of my job is diabetes education?

 

 When determining if the experience you are accumulating is diabetes education, ask yourself these questions:

 

 - Am I providing diabetes education within the scope of practice of my professional discipline?
 - Does the diabetes education I provide fall within the competencies as set out by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board

If you are able to answer the answer the above two questions affirmatively consider the amount of time that you actually spend providing diabetes education. As an example, if you work within a diabetes education centre, would you educate people 100% of your working day? In all probability the answer is “no”, but the percentage of time you provide diabetes education, as set out above, would be greater than the percentage of time that of the health care provider who works within a cardiology education centre would be. Remember, if you are that health care provider in a centre outside of diabetes you may provide diabetes education.

It is also important to remember, when calculating your diabetes education experience must fall within the competencies as established by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board.

  

800.13  How do I calculate the time that I spend providing diabetes education? I have not logged it. 

We suggest that you maintain a journal or log book and track the time that you spend providing diabetes education. You could track it over a period of time (a month) and if this period of time accurately reflects your general practice you could calculate the time you provide diabetes education by way of a mathematical formula.

  

800.14  I am a community pharmacist, how do I track my diabetes education experience?

We recommend you track your experience as other persons would do. We do recognize that some of your experience is not directly related to a “charted” person with diabetes but for someone with an “over the counter” question. Remember, if you are teaching information about diabetes to persons with diabetes, those in danger of diabetes and care givers of those with diabetes (medical staff, parents, children etc) then this time would contribute.

 

800.15  I provide diabetes education to those that are in danger of diabetes, does that contribute towards the 800 hours?

Yes, of course. It is equally important that diabetes education is provided to those in danger of diabetes or those with pre-diabetes as well as those with diabetes.

 


800.16  I provide diabetes education to health care professionals do I qualify to write the exam or do I have to provide diabetes education to people with diabetes?

Yes, providing diabetes education to health care providers that provide diabetes education to those with diabetes is also considered diabetes education.

 

800.17  I just graduated and I am an intern may I use the experience I have accumulated while an intern?

The CDECB appreciates the experience you have gained while you were an intern, however, the CDECB only accepts the experience wherein you provided diabetes education while a fully licensed and registered health care professional.

800.18   I live in a country other than Canada and I hold a Canadian licence to practice as a Canadian health care professional.  Does the experience that I gained while working within that country utilizing my Canadian licence and my foreign licence contribute towards the 800 hours necessary.

Your diabetes education experience obtained within your Canadian licence although outside of Canada may contribute towards the 800 hours of experience. 



800.19  I live in a country other than Canada and I do not hold a Canadian licence to practice as a Canadian health care professional.  May I use the experience that I have obtained while working within the licence of another country towards the 800 hours now that I have a Canadian licence

Sorry, you may only use the experience that you have gained while holding a Canadian licence.

 

800.20  In regards to the 800 hour requirement needed to write the exam, does my nursing practice over the years working in the community and now in the hospital count? 

When calculating your time you may only utilize the experience that you have when you teach those with diabetes, those in danger of diabetes, and the care givers of those with diabetes, that was obtained within the immediate three years prior to making application to write the examination.


800.21  I have an immediate family member on a pump, diagnosed at 5 years of age, that would help me accumulate my time, wouldn't it not?

Sorry, the CDECB will not consider as a contribution towards the 800 hours of experience the time that you spend with your immediate family members.


800.22  I spend a lot of time with people with diabetes. Therefore, does that time contribute towards the 800 hours of experience?

Working in any area may begin to accumulate experience towards the 800 hour requirement for diabetes education experience.  However, the time to be considered is not time spent with people with diabetes but time you spend teaching them, their care givers, or those in danger of diabetes, about diabetes.  The experience needs to be within the competencies as set out within the examination Handbook.  To be directed to the examination Handbook click here.


800.23  Does the time I spend taking a course contribute towards the 800 hours of education experience?

Time you spend taking a course (where you are doing the learning) does not contribute towards the 800 hours of diabetes education experience.  Time that you spend as an instructor of a course teaching a course, not preparing for it, (where you provide the information regarding diabetes) does contribute towards your 800 hours.  Remember Diabetes Education experience must be in accordance with the competencies as outlined by the CDECB.

800.24  I look after family members with diabetes, does that time contribute towards my diabetes education experience?

Taking care of a family member with diabetes does not contribute towards the 800 hours of diabetes education experience.