Do I qualify to write the examination?

Refer to section 3.1 of the Examination Handbook. You must meet all of the criteria to be eligible. There are no exceptions.

3.1 For Initial Certification:

Individuals who have not previously taken or passed the CDE® examination or whose CDE® designation have lapsed must meet ALL of the following requirements:

Be licensed with a regulatory body in Canada as a regulated health professional
A minimum of 800 hours of practice in diabetes education within the Canadian Diabetes Educator certification examination competencies.
The minimum of 800 hours of practice in diabetes education must be obtained within any duration or combination of time within the three year period that is immediately preceding the February 1 application deadline. Such hours of practice must be obtained while the individual is fully licensed with a regulatory body as a Canadian health care professional. Such experience includes providing education, diabetes management advice or care to one or more of the following: those at risk for diabetes; those with prediabetes and those with diabetes, their families or health professionals utilizing the competencies set out in Appendix A.

ALL of the above must be attained while the individual is fully registered with a regulatory body in Canada as a health professional.

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