Preparing for CDE® Exam 2019

FREE Webinar – Preparing for CDE®* Exam
June 5th,
2019 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.  PST

Not sure where to start? Join us live or listen to our On Demand version by registering today! Learn how to focus your time and prepare to take the CDE® Exam. We provide plenty of sample test questions and test-taking tips!

This course will transform your test anxiety into calm self-confidence and test-taking readiness.

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Getting ready to take the CDE® Exam?  “We have what you need.”

We have created a 10-Step Study Path to help you succeed! Prepare for the exam, earn your CEs, gain confidence as an educator and more!

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Preparing for the CDE® Exam?

Based on student feedback and 25 years of CDE® coaching experience, Coach Beverly recommends the following material list for CDE® Exam success.

Coach Beverly’s Material List

Test Taking Toolkit

Whether you are preparing for the CDE® or BC-ADM exam, this test taking toolkit is designed to prepare you for success. This toolkit includes two courses with over 200 practice questions to help you prepare and simulate the exam. Plus, we have added a FREE bonus course, Language and Diabetes – What we say matters. Coach Beverly added this course because she believes it contains critical content for the exam and for our clinical practice!

Diabetes Education Services Online University Courses are an excellent way to study for your exam anytime and anywhere that is convenient for you. You will have immediate access to your courses for 1 year after your purchase date.

Each of the test taking courses includes a: 60 minute video presentation, podcast, practice test and additional resources.

This Test Taking Toolkit is designed to prepare you for exam success. This Toolkit includes:

  • Preparing for Certification Practice Exam 2019 online course includes:
    • 60 minutes on demand course, where Coach Beverly details the content of the exam and test taking tips. Plus, Coach Beverly reviews a sampling of the questions and explains how to dissect the question, eliminate the wrong answers and avoid getting lured in by juicy answers.
    • 100 question computerized general practice exam that provides vignette-based questions and other critical content that will prepare you for the actual exam.
  • ADA Standards Test Taking Tips Course + 108 Question Practice Test includes:
    • 60 minute on demand course, where Coach Beverly explains to dissect the question, eliminate the wrong answers and avoid getting lured in by juicy answers.
    • 108 test questions based on the most recent ADA Standards of Care. During the webinar, Beverly reviews as many practice questions as possible within the hour time frame. Get ready for success!
  • Language and Diabetes – What we say matters Course 0.5 CEs

    Language and Diabetes – What We Say Matters 0.5 CEs – As educators, advocates, spouses, friends, and providers, our use of language can deeply affect the self-view of people living with diabetes everyday.  Thoughtful communication provides a sense of support and empathy and moves both the provider and person living with diabetes toward greater satisfaction and success. The content provide in this course will beneficial for your clinical practice, plus improve exam success.


According to the National Certification Board for Diabetes Education (NCBDE),  you need to have your professional license for at least 2 years as a RN, RD, PT, PharmD, PA, MD (and others) plus accumulate 1000 hours of diabetes self-management teaching experience to take the CDE® exam. You also need to complete 15 hours of diabetes related continuing education within 2 years of taking the exam by an approved provider. All of our courses are approved by CDR, which means the hours you earn with us count, regardless of your profession**

Quick Links


Articles to Review

 ADA Standards of Care 2019 -This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidenced based, it includes a useful summary of the trials and research that the goals are based on. A must read if you are entering the diabetes field or preparing to take the CDE® or BC-ADM Exam.

Purchase the 2019 ADA Standards of Care – $20

Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2019 – One page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status and diagnostic criteria for diabetes.

The NCBDE handbook provides a complete review of exam qualifications and details.

Language & Diabetes. What we say matters | Resource page

Use of Language in Diabetes Care and Education – 2017 ADA & AADE
Language is powerful and can have a strong impact on perceptions as well as behavior. This article provides recommendations for language used by health care professionals and others when discussing diabetes through spoken or written words whether directed to people with diabetes, colleagues, or the general
public, as well as research questions related to language and diabetes.

AACE Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management Algorithm 2019.  This link provides the complete executive and slide set summary by an American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists/American College of Endocrinology Consensus Panel on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. If you are taking the CDE® or BC-ADM exam, we encourage students to be familiar with the slide content that reviews diabetes management.

2017 National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support – A joint position statement of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. An important document to review for those providing Diabetes Self-Management Education or those considering take the certification exam.

AADE – White Paper on Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Therapy 2018 » – This paper outlines the topics that should be covered by diabetes educators when teaching patients and families or significant others about insulin pump therapy.

AADE 7™ Self-Care BehaviorsA must read for anyone entering the field of Diabetes or as a reference for those already in the field.  These 7 Self-Care Behaviors™ provide a framework for patient centered diabetes self-management education and training (DSME/T) and care.

Cholesterol and Blood Pressure Medications – since many people with diabetes are at risk for heart disease, those preparing for the CDE should be familiar with the general concepts, (side effects and precautions) of medications to treat hypertension and hyperlipidemia.  We have compiled 2 medication cheat sheets below that provide this critical content.


We invite you to visit our comprehensive library of articles and resources – See more »


Study Tools

AADE – Diabetes Desk  Reference – 2017    2017 Diabetes Education Review Guide
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*Certified Diabetes Educator® and CDE® are registered marks owned by NCBDE. The use of DES products do not guarantee successful passage of the CDE® exam. NCBDE does not endorse any preparatory or review materials for the CDE® exam, except for those published by NCBDE.”

**To satisfy the requirement for renewal of certification by continuing education for the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), continuing education activities must be applicable to diabetes and approved by a provider on the NCBDE List of Recognized Providers (www.ncbde.org). NCBDE does not approve continuing education. Diabetes Education Services is accredited/approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration which is on the list of NCBDE Recognized Providers.”