Prep for CDCES Exam 2021 Free Webinar | January 11th

Studying for the CDCES exam?
Join Coach Bev for a FREE Webinar with updates on the CDCES Exam 2021

January 11, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for this mastery level 2021 exam?

Join us to get ready to succeed a the CDCES Exam. This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test-taking readiness.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Changes in test philosophy for 2021
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed
  • Review of study tips and test-taking practice questions.

We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

See our Prep for CDCES Resource Page

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.


ADCES Desk Reference 2020 + 5th Ed Review Guide Book Bundle

The 5th Edition ADCES Desk Reference & 5th Edition Review Guide Bundle –our most popular AADE Book Bundle for exam preparation!

What is included in the ADCES Book Bundle?

The Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference – 5th Edition

Major Features:

  • practical information educators can use with patients to avoid complications and comorbidities
  • risks and benefits of CGM and the educator’s role in working with patients who use CGM
  • updated info on incorporating the ADA, AADE, and AND joint position statement and algorithm of care into a DSME program

ADECES Review Guide for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Exam – 5th Edition

Includes an answer key with rationales for all questions included in the guide! 

Major Features:

  • 480 + multiple-choice questions
  • Strategies for preparing for and taking the exam

3 self-assessment tests that cover three main content sections on the CDCES Exam:

  • Assessment of Diabetes and Prediabetes 
  • Interventions for Diabetes and Prediabetes
  • Disease Management 

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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.* 

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Which Year’s ADA Standards will best prepare me for CDCES Exam?

One of the most frequently asked questions about the CDCES Exam is the following:

Should I study this year’s ADA Standards of Care or last year’s ADA Standards of Care?

Coach Bev studying the Standards

In this years exam handbook, the CBDCE provided clarification on this high anxiety topic.

CBDCE Exam Content Update Policy

Immediately – New diagnostic criteria or specific guidelines impacting diabetes care and education and/or treatment of diabetes which are released nationally and identified as effective immediately may be including in the examination at any time.

One Year – New medical advances, guidelines, or pharmaceuticals will be included in CDCES Exam no sooner than one year after the information is released.

What does this mean for us?

I have already read and reviewed the 2020 ADA Standards of Care.

For more info, please refer to the 2021 Certification Examination Handbook

If you have already studied the ADA 2020 Standards of Care, you will be set for the 2021 CDCES Exam. Since there are no new diagnostic criteria or specific guidelines that are dramatically different from the 2020 Standards of Care.

The one exception is that there are updated diabetes management guidelines for the older population as outlined in our Older People Level 2 Course and you can review in the ADA Standards of Care, section 12.

Please see ADA Standards Summary of Revisions for more detailed information on updates for 2021.

I haven’t started reviewing the ADA Standards of Care.

Great. Please plan on studying the 2021 ADA Standards of Care, which includes all of the same content as the 2020 Standards with some additions and updates.

We are all rooting for your success! For More info:

Join our Prep for CDCES Webinar FREE for lots of great info and to get ready!


Join our Diabetes Ed Specialist Conference

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll benefit from this virtual conference with the latest research plus critical content that you can immediately apply to your clinical practice.

Entire Program Fee: $399
Program Flyer: Download
Dates: April 15-17
Live Webinar Schedule: All webinars start and end times are in Pacific Standard Time
Program Schedule & Expert Bios

If you are interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or are seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care, this course is for you. Our team of expert faculty has been fine-tuning this course for over fifteen years, and we know what you need. In addition to informative lectures, we also use group activities and case studies to highlight the essential knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to succeed in diabetes education today! 

In this course, the same speakers will cover the same content as outlined in the Live Seminar.  For more details see our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference Schedule and Faculty.

Prepare for CDCES or BC-ADM certification or earn hours for renewal.

Come join our Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Program.

Your registrations include access to all the Online Sessions plus Bonus Courses through December 31st, 2021.

This virtual program includes:

3 day live webinar courses from April 15th-17th (20 CEs) + enrollment in our Bonus Bundle (14.0+ CEs) from now through December 2021.

  • Live Q & A Session with the instructor after each webinar
  • Presentations by our team of experts
  • Handouts and Resources for each session
  • Post-test questions
  • A sense of community
  • If you can’t attend the live webinars, a recorded version will be posted later the same day for viewing.

View full Conference Schedule and Faculty.

Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Preparing for the CDCES Exam | Free Webinar | November 5, 2020

Studying for the CDCES exam?
Join us for our FREE webinar
Preparing for the CDCES Exam 2020

November 5, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.* 

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

PocketCard Updates | New insulin, dose additions and warning removal

There is so much to keep track of when it comes to diabetes medication updates and additions. That’s why Coach Beverly and Bryanna are scouring articles and announcements to keep our Medication PocketCards relevant and up-to-date for our community.

We work hard to keep our content current!

We update our downloadable electronic PocketCards on our CDCES Coach app and website each time we announce a medication update.

Laminated PocketCards are updated and ready to be delivered to you!

Purchase yours today and take advantage of our quantity discounts! Great holiday gift!

3 PocketCard Updates

Since our last announcement, there have been three changes.

The GLP-1 RA, dulaglutide, (Trulicity), has two new higher doses. Until now, the approved doses for Trulicity were 0.75mg and 1.5 mg. The expanded dosing will include a 3.0 mg and 4.5 mg weekly Trulicity dose. Based on recent research, by increasing the dose to 4.5 mgs participants experienced an average weight loss of 10.4 pounds and a 1.9% drop in A1c. Of course, the increased dose is associated with nausea and GI upset, so a gradual titration up to this higher dose should be considered.

There is a new biosimilar basal insulin called Semglee.
One of our scholarship recipients, Mercy Edziah, alerted us to the addition of yet another biosimilar glargine insulin. Semglee is available in a 10 mL vial or 3mL prefilled pens. This new insulin is competitively priced. Semglee is listed at $98.65 per 10mL vial and $147.98 for a box of five pens.

Thank you to Mercy and our community, for sharing news with us so we can pass it along to others.

Canagliflozin (Invokana) removed the black box warning. Previously, the FDA had announced in 2017 that people on canagliflozin, an SGLT-2 Inhibitor, had an increased risk of lower extremity amputation. In August 2020, the FDA removed that black box warning.

Safety information from recent clinical trials suggests that the risk of amputation, while still increased with canagliflozin, is lower than previously described, particularly when appropriately monitored. Therefore, the FDA concluded that the Boxed Warning should be removed

Canagliflozin and 2 of the other of the SGLT-2 Inhibitors, dapagliflozin and Empagliflozin, have demonstrated additional heart- and kidney-related benefits. They are FDA approved to reduce the risk of major heart-related events such as heart attack, stroke, or death in people with type 2 diabetes who have known heart disease. They are also approved to reduce the risk of end-stage kidney disease, worsening of kidney function, and heart failure in certain people with type 2 diabetes and diabetic kidney disease.

We hope you find these Pocketcards as an easy-to-use resource that is helpful in your clinical practice and exam preparation.


Join Coach Beverly and Alan Parsa, MD virtually in Hawaii for the Best Diabetes Care For The Frail and Elderly Webinar! 

Are you interested in learning about diabetes care for the frail and elderly?  Then consider attending this all-day conference that synthesizes exciting findings and new elements that you can incorporate into your daily practice.  Through dynamic presentations and case studies, we will provide you with creative strategies to take your practice to the next level.  In addition, small group activities allow participants to network and share problem-solving strategies.  The goal of this program is to provide cutting edge information that has real-life application.  We want each participant to leave the seminar feeling more empowered and confident advocating for excellence in diabetes care.

Registration Price:
$20 for ADCES members – $40 for non-ADCES members – 6.5 CEs

Click here to register. – Download flyer here.

  • October 24, 2020
    • 9 am to 10 am – Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Non-Ketotic Syndrome (HHS) with Alan Parsa, MD
    • 10 am to 11:15 am – Overview – Aging Population and Diabetes with Beverly Thomassian, RN
  • October 31, 2020
    • 9 am to 11:15 am – Treatment Goals, Type 2 Medications and Safety Concerns for Older Adults with Beverly Thomassian, RN
  • November 7, 2020
    • 9 am to 11:15 am – Pharmacologic Approaches to Manage Diabetes and Co-Conditions and Lifestyle Recommendations for the Older Adult with Beverly Thomassian, RN

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for all health care professionals including providers, nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and educators who want to:

  • Get re-energized about diabetes care and education
  • Enjoy a comprehensive review of diabetes care in the frail and elderly
  • Get updates on treatment strategies for diabetes care in the frail and elderly
  • Learn about lifestyle recommendations for the older adult

Requirements for Successful Completion:  Participants should try to be in attendance for all three webinars, complete and submit the program evaluation at the conclusion of each webinar.  Partial CE hours (2.25 CE hours) can be awarded per webinar if participants complete and submit the program evaluation.  The three webinars will be recorded for later viewing but NO CE hours will be awarded for viewing of the recorded webinars.

Registration Price:
$20 for ADCES members – $40 for non-ADCES members – 6.5 CEs

Click here to register. – Download flyer here.


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Accreditation: Diabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Coach Bev’s Diabetes Cheat Sheets

We know that a great resource page full of accurate and helpful cheat sheets can save busy diabetes specialists time and energy.

That’s why we have put together our entire list of cheat sheets so you can access them with ease.

These sheets and cards include information to study for certification exams and to use in your clinical setting. Plus, we have included teaching sheets for people with diabetes.


Our Summer 2020 Boot Camp begins September 16th!

In each webinar, either Coach Beverly, Dr. Isaacs, or Ms. Armstrong, highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. They also launch multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

2020 Boot Camp Live Stream Webinar Schedule with Coach Beverly

All courses air at 11:30 a.m. (PST)

  1. Diabetes – Not Just Hyperglycemia | Sept 16
  2. ADA Standards of Care | Sept 23
  3. Insulin Therapy – From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management | Sept 30
  4. Insulin Intensive – Monitoring, Sick Days, Lower Extremities | Oct 7
  5. Meds for Type 2 | Oct 14
  6. Exercise and Preventing Microvascular Complications | Oct 21
  7. Coping & Behavior Change | Oct 28
  8. “The Big Finish” Test Taking Boot Camp | Nov 4

Can’t make it live?
No worries! All video presentations and podcasts will be available now on-demand.

Enroll Now!

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Preparing For the CDCES Exam 2020 Free Webinar | September 3, 2020

FREE webinar, September 3, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


Test Taking Toolkit (220+ practice questions) 

Whether you are preparing for the updated CDCES or BC-ADM exam, this test-taking toolkit is designed to prepare you for success.

This toolkit includes two courses with over 220 practice questions to help you prepare and simulate the exam.

  • ADA Standards Test Taking Tips
  • Preparing for CDCES Practice Exam

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Congrats Beth! | Graduate Success Story

We are so excited to hear that Beth passed her CDCES exam! Join us in celebrating her success

I just wanted to take a minute and send you a note to say “Thank You!”  I took my CDCES certification exam on August 17th and I passed.  I decided to become a CDCES about 3 years ago and I found your online courses.  Your classes helped me begin to understand the practice of diabetes education.  I loved your enthusiasm and person-centered approach and  I began applying things I learned from you to my own practice.  A couple of weeks before the exam, I took your boot camp class.  I listened to the classes over and over and I read the Standards of Care until I knew them by heart.  I was so nervous when I took the exam, but I heard your calming voice in my head.  I was able to recognize “juicy answers” and I stood up to stretch every 25 questions. 

I had hoped to come to your in-person event earlier this year, but COVID changed that.  I will continue to enjoy your newsletters and I use many of your resources.  The providers I work with love your medication pocket cards.  Thank you again for the valuable services you provide. 

Caring for people with diabetes is an amazing job, one that I feel blessed to do.  I appreciate you helping me in my journey to become a CDCES.

Beth Patten, MS, RN, CDCES

Read More Success Stories by Clicking Here


2020 Boot Camp Live Stream Webinar Schedule with Coach Beverly

In each webinar, either Coach Beverly highlight the critical content of each topic area, so you can focus your study time most efficiently. She also launches multiple poll questions to help participants focus on key concepts and assess their knowledge while learning the best test-taking strategies. 

All courses air at 11:30 a.m. (PST)

  1. Diabetes – Not Just Hyperglycemia | Recorded & Ready for Viewing
  2. ADA Standards of Care | Recorded & Ready for Viewing
  3. Insulin Therapy – From Basal/Bolus to Pattern Management | Sept 30
  4. Insulin Intensive – Monitoring, Sick Days, Lower Extremities | Oct 7
  5. Meds for Type 2 | Oct 14
  6. Exercise and Preventing Microvascular Complications | Oct 21
  7. Coping & Behavior Change | Oct 28
  8. “The Big Finish” Test Taking Boot Camp | Nov 4

Can’t make it live?
No worries! All video presentations and podcasts will be available now on-demand.

Enroll Now!

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.

Preparing For the CDCES Exam 2020 Free Webinar | July 2, 2020

FREE webinar, July 2, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  (PST)

Unsure about updates for the 2020 exam?

Coach Beverly offers this FREE webinar to help get you to prepare for the CDCES Exam. All her tips and tricks are meant to ease your mind and reflect the updates to the CDCES content outline.

Topics Covered Include:

  • Implications of new certification name, CDCES for our specialty
  • Exam requirement updates for 2020
  • Exam eligibility and test format
  • Strategies to succeed along with a review of study tips and test-taking tactics.
  • We will review sample test questions and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.
  • Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDCES Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

Instructor: Beverly Thomassian RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM is a working educator who has passed her CDCES Exam 6 times. She is a nationally recognized diabetes expert for over 25 years.

See our Preparing for CDCES Resource Page >>


Test Taking Toolkit (220+ practice questions) 

Whether you are preparing for the updated CDCES or BC-ADM exam, this test-taking toolkit is designed to prepare you for success.

This toolkit includes two courses with over 220 practice questions to help you prepare and simulate the exam.

  • ADA Standards Test Taking Tips
  • Preparing for CDCES Practice Exam

Sign up for Diabetes Blog Bytes – we post one daily Blog Byte from Monday to Friday. And of course, Tuesday is our Question of the Week. It’s Informative and FREE!  Sign up below!


AccreditationDiabetes Education Services is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider 12640, and Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR), Provider DI002. Since these programs are approved by the CDR it satisfies the CE requirements for the CDCES regardless of your profession.*  

The use of DES products does not guarantee the successful passage of the CDCES exam. CBDCE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDCES exam, except for those published by CBDCE.