Garden State Association of Diabetes Educators

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It is critically important to understand at the outset that the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators is designed and intended only for health care professionals who have defined roles as diabetes educators, not for those who may perform some diabetes related functions as part of or in the course of other usual and customary occupational duties.

Purposes and Objectives of Certification
Certification is a voluntary testing program used to assess qualified health care professionals' knowledge in diabetes education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous education and experience requirements have been met. The purpose of the NCBDE certification program is to conduct certification
activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in diabetes education.

Objectives of the certification program are to

  • provide a mechanism to demonstrate professional accomplishment and growth

  • provide formal recognition of specialty practice and knowledge at a mastery level

  • provide to consumers and employers validation of demonstrated dedication to diabetes education

  • promote continuing commitment to best practices, current standards and knowledge

The CDE credential demonstrates that the certified health professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge thereby promoting quality of care for persons with diabetes. Certification is voluntary and is not required by law for employment in the field, although some agencies may use board certification as a basis for employment, job promotions, salary increases and other considerations.


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