The certification process for diabetes educators is designed for eligible health professionals who are currently practicing in diabetes education in Canada. The CDE®/EAD® credential is only valid and authorized for use when the candidate has a full and valid licence to practice as a regulated health care professional.
Beginning in 1991, healthcare professionals who are licensed by a Regulatory Body in Canada and have accumulated 800 hours of diabetes education experience over the previous 3 years encompassing a broad range of established competencies, may apply to write the Diabetes Educator Certification Examination. Successful candidates can use the Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE® )/ Educateur Agree en Diabetes (EAD®) credential for a period of 5 years. Thereafter, Certification Maintenance is available by examination or by credit portfolio option.
To become a Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE®) each candidate must successfully complete the Canadian Diabetes Educator's Certification Board (CDECB) exam that is administered annually, on the Saturday following the Victoria Day holiday in May. Every CDE® must be fully registered and licensed with a regulatory body in Canada as a health professional and have worked a minimum of 800 hours of practice in diabetes education.
For further information please see the Examination Handbook.