Learn the Steps to Become a CDCES!

Preparing for the CDCES Exam FREE Webinar

To begin your journey to becoming a CDCES we recommend starting with our FREE Preparing for the CDCES Exam Webinar

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

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Don’t worry, we will send you a link to the recorded version.

Webinar Topics

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Preparing for the CDCES Exam |
FREE Webinar

  • Exam requirement updates for 2021.
  • 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!


What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

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First awarded in 1986, as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) credential and in 2020 with a new name: Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) to more accurately reflect the specialty. CDCES has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Those who hold this certification are known to possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, management, and prediabetes.

Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is one of the best professional and personal decisions I have ever made.” – Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM


Why become a CDCES?
Three Reasons from Coach Beverly

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The best part of becoming a CDCES is working with my colleagues and people living with diabetes. As diabetes educators, we hear compelling and beautiful life stories. I am astounded by the barriers they face and inspired by their adaptability, problem-solving skills, and resilience.

– Coach Beverly Thomassian, RN, MPH, CDCES, BC-ADM

Reason 1: CDCES is a widely recognized certification by employers and health care professionals throughout the U.S.  This credential demonstrates a specialized and in-depth knowledge in the prevention and treatment of individuals living with pre-diabetes and diabetes.

Reason 2: Currently, 10% of people in the U.S. have diabetes and another 35% have pre-diabetes which means 45% of Americans are running around with elevated blood glucose levels.  Given this epidemic, there will be plenty of future job opportunities.

Reason 3: Having my CDCES along with my nursing degree, has opened many doors of opportunity; from working as an inpatient Diabetes Nurse Specialist in a hospital to working as a Manager of Diabetes Education in the outpatient setting to starting my own consulting company.


Studying for the CDCES?
Try one of our online bundles!

Interested in diabetes certification, but not sure where to start? Find your Study Path and Tools that are right for you based on this quick 4 question survey.

Read More: CDCES Online Prep Bundle | 42+ CEs

CDCES Prep Bundle | Levels 1, 2, 3 + Bonus Courses | 42+ CEs

Beverly has custom designed this course bundle to prepare you for your CDCES (formerly known as CDE) Exam. Begin your CDCES Journey with instant access to 20 On Demand web courses and tests from our Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 Boot Camp to build your diabetes education foundation and prepare for the CDCES Exam. 

This bundle is built on content that simulates the CDCES exam.  The majority of students that take this bundle, go on to pass the exam. Check out our CDCES Graduate Success Stories.


Read More: CDCES Online Deluxe Prep Bundle | 46+ CEs

CDCES Deluxe Prep Bundle Levels 1, 2, & 3 + Toolkits | 46+ CEs

Beverly has custom designed this deluxe course bundle to prepare you for your CDCES (formerly known as CDE) or BC-ADM Exam.

This Deluxe Prep Bundle includes:

  • Level 1 – Diabetes Fundamentals
  • Level 2 – Standards of Care 
  • Level 3 – Boot Camp
  • Test Taking Toolkit – over 220 practice questions!
  • Technology Toolkit – Insulin pumps, sensors, and calculations, oh my!
  • Bonus Course: Mindfulness and Compassion in the Diabetes Encounter 


Read More: CDCES Online Prep Bundle + ADCES Certification Exam Practice Questions Book| 42+ CEs

CDCES Online Prep Bundle + 5th Ed ADCES Certification Exam Review Guide Book | 42+ CEs

Beverly has custom designed this course bundle to prepare you for your CDCES Exam. This bundle includes our CDCES Online Prep Bundle (featured above) plus the AADE Review Guide – 5th Edition. The online bundle includes Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 (Boot Camp), plus two bonus courses.

The ADCES Review Guide offers over 480+ practice questions and is a fantastic independent study tool and comprehensive resource for the Diabetes Care and Education Specialist Exam.


Read More: Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference | 30+ CEs

Virtual DiabetesEd Specialist Conference | 30+ CEs

The Virtual Conference airs live on April 15-17th. This program has 3 different expert speakers who review core concepts for the exam such as medications, technology, nutrition, comorbidities, and other topics. You can view the full schedule by clicking here.

This program also comes with bonus courses from Level 2 and our Test Taking Toolkit which includes over 220+ practice questions for exam simulation. If you can join live there is a Q&A session with each expert after every course or you can watch the recording on-demand after if you can’t make it live.


Read More: DiabetesEd Specialist Live Seminar in San Diego, CA - Oct 6-8, 2021 | Earn 34+ CEs

Who should attend? Health care professionals interested in taking the CDCES or BC-ADM exam or those seeking a state of the art review of current diabetes care. We also invite those looking for hours to renew or apply for the CDCES or BC-ADM exam.

Whether you join in San Diego or Sacramento, this intensive 3-day seminar gives you the crash course you need to help you pass either certification exam.


Read More: ADA 2021 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes Book

ADA 2021 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes

This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the goals of care for diabetes management. Since it is evidence-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 CDCES or BC-ADM Exam.


Read More: Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care Book

Complete Nurses Guide to Diabetes Care

This guide provides nurses and health care professionals with key aspects of diabetes management, treatment, and risk reduction strategies.

An excellent resource for those planning to take Board Certification in Advanced DM Management Exam (BC-ADM) or for those interested in expanding knowledge of issues specific to women, children, and the elderly. Includes management for type 1, type 2, and more. 2nd Ed 2009, 550 pgs.


Read More: Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Desk Reference Book

Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Desk Reference

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education – 5th Edition

The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 5th Edition is a specialist’s one-volume, go-to resource for the core knowledge and skills for providing person-centered care and education to persons with diabetes and related chronic conditions. This is a core resource for those who are studying for the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist® (CDCES) exam.


Read More: Medication & Insulin Pocketcard

Medication and Insulin PocketCards

Our four-sided medication accordion Pocketcards were designed by Coach Beverly Thomassian to assist in clinical practice and exam preparation. One of our best sellers, the Diabetes Medication PocketCard is perfect for all Diabetes Care and Education Specialists.


What are the steps to become a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialists?

Step 1. Review the qualifications to achieve your CDCES

  • Visit CBDCE (formerlly NCBDE) eligibility page or you can call 1-877-239-3233 or email info@ncbde.org with any questions.
  • Download the 2021 Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators Handbook for complete information about eligibility and certification information. Instructions on how to apply, study resources, and the application are also included. Please note that the CBDCE has approved temporary changes to the professional practice requirement relating to DCE for the initial CDCES certification that begins on April 1st. Read page iii for more information.

Step 2. Sign up for our FREE Webinar – Preparing for the CDCES exam

  • This webinar reviews CDCES exam eligibility requirements (enroll at the top of this page), the exam format, and study strategies. Beverly also provides test-taking tips, sample test questions, and the reasoning behind choosing the right answers.

Step 3 – Review our 10 Steps to Succeed and Pass the CDCES Exam page

  • Coach Beverly has created a 10-Step Study Path and Material List to help you succeed! These are based off 25 years of CDCES coaching experience and student feedback. Prepare for the exam, earn your CEs, gain confidence as an educator, and more!

Step 4 – Increase knowledge of diabetes and co-morbidity management

Interested in diabetes certification, but not sure where to start? Find your Study Path and Tools that are right for you based on this quick 4 question survey.

Recommended Articles

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ADA Standards of Care – This yearly publication by the American Diabetes Association outlines the national goals of care based on the latest research for diabetes management. This is one of the most important guidelines to read as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist

Purchase ADA Standards of Care 2021 Booklet

Screening and Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus 2021 – One-page cheat sheet that summarizes screening, risk status, and diagnostic criteria for diabetes. Great for your office and as a study tool.

Pharmacologic Approaches to Glycemic Treatment in 2021.  This hyperglycemia road map details strategies to achieve glucose control for both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Section 8 of Standards of Care, 2020

Language & Diabetes. What we say matters | Resource page
Language is powerful and can have a strong impact on perceptions as well as behavior. This mini webinar and article provide recommendations for the 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.

Med Cheat Sheets 2021 | Hypertension, Lipids, and Neuropathy These summary sheets are helpful for your clinical practice and preparing for certification exams. For exam success, be familiar with the general concepts, (side effects and precautions) of these medications.

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.

AACE Comprehensive Type 2 Diabetes Management Algorithm 2020.  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 CDCES 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 taking 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.

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


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