The eligible person has to take the exam offered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Education (NCBDE). To take the exam, you must be a health care professional and meet strict criteria set by the NCBDE; for instance, you have to be able to document a minimum of 1,000 hours of experience in diabetes selfmanagement education within the past 5 years. Once you pass the exam and become a Certified Diabetes Educator, you have to take an exam every 5 years, so you must keep your knowledge and skills up to date. Many people spend several years working with Certified Diabetes Educators to get the necessary knowledge and skills before they are eligible to take the certification exam.
For more information on the certification process and to receive an application for the exam, those interested can contact the NCBDE (www.ncbde.org).