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To promote comprehensive and ongoing quality diabetes education and support by defining, developing, maintaining, and protecting the certification and credentialing processes.
NCBDE was established in 1986 as an independent organization to promote the interests of diabetes educators and the public at large by granting certification to qualified health professionals involved in teaching persons with diabetes, through establishment of eligibility requirements and development of a written examination. Since it was first awarded in 1986, the CDE(r) credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education.
The purpose of the NCBDE certification program is to conduct certification activities in a manner that upholds standards for competent practice in diabetes self-management education. The Certified Diabetes Educator(r) (CDE(r)) credential demonstrates that the certified health professional possesses distinct and specialized knowledge, thereby promoting quality care for persons with diabetes.
Certification is a voluntary process used to assess and validate qualified health professionals' knowledge in diabetes education. It is an evaluative process that demonstrates that rigorous eligibility requirements have been met.