Examination Process

Seeking certification for the first time or choosing to maintain your designation by examination.

Eligibility Criteria

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

  1. Be licensed with a regulatory body in Canada as a regulated health professional
  2. A minimum of 800 hours of practice in diabetes education within the Canadian Diabetes Educator certification examination competencies.
  3. 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.

Enrollment and participating in a diabetes course does NOT contribute towards the 800 hours of diabetes practice experience.  Diabetes Education does not include charting, staff meetings, lunches, breaks or simply being at work  

General Information

Please see the current Examination Handbook for the current fee for writing the exam. 

The examination offered to Certified Diabetes Educators on the Saturday following the Victoria Day long weekend in May, each year is available to you as a method of Certification Maintenance.

The choice is yours, you may elect to write the examination or collect credits via the credit portfolio method.

  1. To review the Exam Handbook and Documentation,.
  2. To review the Exam References,.       
  3. To review the Exam FAQs

Exam Handbook and Documentation

Access the latest handbooks and documentation for the upcoming certification exam.

Registration is Now Open

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