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

What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist and why become one?

What is a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist?

First awarded in 1986, the CDCES credential has become a standard of excellence for the delivery of quality diabetes education. Ones who hold this certification are known to possess comprehensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes prevention, management, and prediabetes.

Wondering if you are eligible? See CBDCE’s eligibility page for requirements. You can call 1-877-239-3233 or email info@cbdce.org with any questions.

Why become a CDCES? Three Reasons from Coach Beverly

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.


Ready to take your Diabetes knowledge to the next level?

We believe in our success! Prepare for the exam, earn your CEs, gain confidence as an educator and more!

Preparing for the CDCES Exam? 

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

10 Step to Succeed | Pass the CDCES

Coach Beverly’s Study Kits



Looking to study through our Online University?

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 individual online course includes a: 90-minute video presentation, podcast, practice test, and additional resources.

View our Online University Course Catalog

Ultimate Bundle – All DiabetesEd Online courses – 50+ CEs

DiabetesEd Specialist Prep Bundle – Level 1, 2, 3 – 40+ CEs


Looking to study with our live seminar, the Diabetes Educator Course?

Whether you are new to diabetes or a seasoned expert, you’ll leave our live seminars with the latest research plus teaching tools you can immediately apply to your clinical practice. Beverly and her teaching team translate the complex science of diabetes into understandable terms, while keeping it real, practical and fun.  

Learn more about our Live Seminars

Diabetes Educator Course Sacramento, CA | April 2021

Diabetes Educator Course San Diego, CA | September 2021


Purchasing books & study tools?

For independent study time, these books provide the tools and comprehensive resources that help you focus your study time efficiently and effectively! Our most popular book bundle is the AADE Art & Science Desk Reference and Review Guide. Don’t forget, many students find success pairing a text reference with the online course bundles.

Books & Study Tools Purchase Guide



Preparing for the BC-ADM Exam?

Becoming BC-ADM is a great achievement for diabetes educators with an advanced degree in their field and a professional license as an advanced practice nurse, registered dietitian, or registered pharmacist. What are the steps to become Board Certified in Advanced Diabetes Management (BC-ADM)? 

Preparing to take the BC-ADM | Free Webinar & Resource Page



Interested in hiring Beverly? 

Coach Beverly translates the complex world of diabetes into understandable terms. Her courses inspire attendees to make real changes in their work setting. She addresses strategies on how to light the fire of motivation with patients who seem stuck with their diabetes.

As an national speaker at over 300 different venues, Beverly Thomassian presents her philosophy that learning about diabetes should be meaningful and fun.

Visit Hire Beverly Page


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The use of DES products do not guarantee 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 continuing education. Diabetes Education Services is accredited/approved by the Commission of Dietetic Registration which is on the list of CBDCE Recognized Providers.