How to Become a Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist (CDCES)

Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to enhance your expertise or someone passionate about making a significant impact in the lives of those affected by diabetes, this guide will help you navigate the path to becoming a CDCES. 

Published: June 16, 2024

Authors: ADCES Staff

Introduction to Our Guide

Welcome to "Becoming a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist: A Comprehensive Guide from danatech and the Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists (ADCES)". In a world where diabetes affects millions of lives, the role of a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) has never been more crucial.

Whether you’re a healthcare professional seeking to enhance your expertise or someone passionate about making a significant impact in the lives of those affected by diabetes, this guide is designed to help you navigate the path to becoming a CDCES.

If you are ready to take this next step and become a CDCES, visit the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBCDE) to start the process. Good luck!

The Growing Need for Diabetes Care

Diabetes is one of the most pervasive chronic health conditions worldwide. According to recent statistics, over 463 million adults are living with diabetes globally, and this number is projected to rise to 700 million by 2045. In the United States alone, more than 34 million people have diabetes, with an additional 88 million adults at risk due to prediabetes. The increasing prevalence of diabetes underscores the urgent need for specialized care and education to manage and prevent this condition.

A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) plays a pivotal role in the healthcare system, providing essential education and support to individuals living with diabetes. As a CDCES, you will be at the forefront of patient care, helping people understand their condition, manage their health, and improve their quality of life. This role is not just about imparting knowledge; it’s about empowering patients to take control of their diabetes and make informed decisions about their health.

Purpose of the Guide

The journey to becoming a CDCES can be challenging and rewarding. This guide will provide you with a clear and comprehensive roadmap, outlining each step of the process and highlighting the benefits of obtaining this certification. From understanding the role and responsibilities of a CDCES to preparing for the certification exam and beyond, we hope you find valuable insights and practical advice to support you every step of the way.

Overview of the CDCES Role

The CDCES certification is a mark of excellence, signifying that you possess advanced knowledge and skills in diabetes care and education. As a CDCES, you will play a critical role in helping individuals manage their diabetes effectively, improve their health outcomes, and enhance their quality of life. This role requires a deep understanding of diabetes, a commitment to ongoing education, and the ability to provide compassionate, patient-centered care.

In this guide, you will learn about:

  • The significance and history of the CDCES certification
  • The professional and personal benefits of becoming a CDCES
  • The eligibility requirements and certification process
  • Strategies for preparing for and passing the certification exam
  • Maintaining your certification through continuing education
  • Career pathways and opportunities for CDCES professionals
  • Resources and support available to you as you pursue and advance in your career

For the most recent information on obtaining your certification, be sure to visit the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education.

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    Understanding the CDCES certification is the first step towards becoming a recognized expert in diabetes care and education. This chapter provides a foundational overview of what a CDCES does, who should consider this certification, and the importance of the role in improving patient outcomes and advancing the field of diabetes management.

    What is a CDCES?

    Definition and Importance: A Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) is a health professional who possesses specialized knowledge and skills in the management and education of diabetes. The certification, formerly known as Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE), is a recognized credential that signifies expertise in diabetes care, ensuring that certified individuals are capable of providing comprehensive and effective education and support to those affected by diabetes.

    History of the Certification: The CDCES certification was established to standardize the level of expertise and quality of care provided by diabetes educators. Over the years, the certification has evolved, reflecting advancements in diabetes treatment, technology and education. It has become a benchmark for excellence in the field, promoting high standards of care and ongoing professional development.

    The Role of a CDCES

    Key Responsibilities A CDCES plays a crucial role in the healthcare team, focusing on diabetes management and patient education. Key responsibilities include:

    • Assessing individual and group needs related to diabetes management
    • Developing and implementing personalized education plans
    • Teaching patients about blood glucose monitoring, medication management, nutrition, and physical activity
    • Providing guidance on lifestyle changes to prevent complications
    • Supporting patients in setting and achieving their diabetes management goals
    • Collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure coordinated and comprehensive care

    Areas of Specialization: A CDCES may specialize in various areas within diabetes care, including:

    • Pediatric Diabetes: Educating and supporting children with diabetes and their families
    • Gestational Diabetes: Helping pregnant women manage diabetes during pregnancy
    • Technology Integration: Utilizing advanced technologies such as continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) and insulin pumps
    • Psychosocial Aspects: Addressing the emotional and psychological challenges associated with diabetes

    Who Should Consider Becoming a CDCES?

    Relevant Professionals: The CDCES certification is suitable for a wide range of healthcare professionals who are involved in diabetes care and education. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Registered Nurses (RNs)
    • Registered Dietitians (RDs)
    • Pharmacists
    • Physicians
    • Physician Assistants (PAs)
    • Physical Therapists
    • Social Workers

    Personal Qualities and Skills Required: To be effective in this role, individuals should possess certain qualities and skills, including:

    • Compassion and Empathy: A genuine concern for the well-being of patients
    • Strong Communication Skills: The ability to convey complex information in a clear and understandable manner
    • Patience and Understanding: Recognizing that behavior change takes time and requires support
    • Analytical Skills: The ability to assess patient needs and develop appropriate education plans
    • Commitment to Continuous Learning: Staying updated with the latest developments in diabetes care and education

    Professional Benefits

    Enhanced Career Opportunities: Obtaining the CDCES credential significantly expands your career opportunities. As a certified professional, you become a more attractive candidate for various positions in healthcare settings. Employers recognize the value of having a CDCES on their team, knowing that you possess specialized knowledge and skills to provide high-quality diabetes education and care. This certification can open doors to roles in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private practices, community health centers, and more.

    Increased Earning Potential: One of the tangible benefits of earning the CDCES certification is the potential for increased salary. Certified professionals often command higher wages compared to their non-certified counterparts. This is due to the specialized expertise and dedication required to achieve and maintain the certification. By becoming a CDCES, you position yourself as an expert in the field, which can justify higher compensation for your services.

    Professional Recognition and Credibility: The CDCES certification is a mark of excellence and professionalism. It signifies that you have met rigorous standards and are committed to staying current with the latest advancements in diabetes care and education. This recognition can enhance your professional reputation among peers, employers, and patients. Being a CDCES also demonstrates your dedication to the field and your willingness to go above and beyond to provide the best possible care.

    Personal Satisfaction

    Impact on Patient Lives: One of the most rewarding aspects of being a CDCES is the profound impact you can have on the lives of individuals with diabetes. By providing expert education and support, you empower patients to manage their condition effectively, improve their health outcomes, and enhance their quality of life. Knowing that your work directly contributes to the well-being of others can be incredibly fulfilling and motivating.

    Continuous Learning and Professional Growth: The field of diabetes care and education is constantly evolving, with new research, treatments, and technologies emerging regularly. As a CDCES, you are committed to lifelong learning, which ensures that you stay at the forefront of these developments. This continuous education not only enhances your knowledge and skills but also keeps your work engaging and intellectually stimulating.

    Community and Networking

    Joining a Professional Community: Becoming a CDCES means joining a community of like-minded professionals who share your passion for diabetes care and education. This network can provide valuable support, resources, and opportunities for collaboration. Being part of a professional community can help you stay informed about industry trends, share best practices, and find mentors or mentees.

    Opportunities for Collaboration and Mentorship: As a CDCES, you have the chance to collaborate with other healthcare professionals to provide comprehensive care to patients with diabetes. This interdisciplinary approach can lead to better patient outcomes and more holistic care. Additionally, the CDCES community often offers opportunities for mentorship, allowing you to learn from experienced colleagues or guide those new to the field.

    The BC-ADM (Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management) and CDCES (Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist) are both certifications for healthcare professionals specializing in diabetes care, but they serve different purposes and have different eligibility requirements. Here are the main differences and considerations for obtaining both certifications:

    BC-ADM (Board Certified-Advanced Diabetes Management)

    1. Focus:

      • BC-ADM certification focuses on advanced diabetes management. It includes making complex decisions about medication, medical nutrition therapy, and integrating the latest diabetes treatment technologies into patient care.
    2. Eligibility:

      • Candidates must have an active license as a registered nurse (RN), dietitian (RD), pharmacist (RPh), physician assistant (PA), nurse practitioner (NP), or physician (MD/DO).
      • A minimum of 500 clinical practice hours in advanced diabetes management within the last four years is required.
    3. Scope of Practice:

      • BC-ADM certified professionals often work in roles that involve direct clinical decision-making and therapeutic management of diabetes.
    4. Certifying Body:

      • The BC-ADM is administered by the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES).

    CDCES (Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist)

    1. Focus:

      • CDCES certification emphasizes diabetes self-management education and support. It focuses on teaching patients about managing their diabetes, including lifestyle changes, monitoring, and psychosocial support.
    2. Eligibility:

      • Candidates must have an active license or registration as a healthcare professional (e.g., RN, RD, RPh, PA, NP, MD/DO).
      • A minimum of 1,000 hours of diabetes education experience within the last four years is required.
    3. Scope of Practice:

      • CDCES certified professionals focus on providing diabetes education, creating individualized management plans, and supporting behavior change in patients.
    4. Certifying Body:

      • The CDCES is administered by the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE).

    Should You Get Both?

    Whether to pursue both certifications depends on your career goals and the scope of your practice. Here are some considerations:

    Career Advancement: Holding both certifications can demonstrate a broad and deep expertise in diabetes care and management, potentially opening up more advanced career opportunities.

    Comprehensive CareHaving both certifications can allow you to provide comprehensive diabetes care, from advanced clinical management (BC-ADM) to patient education and support (CDCES).

    SpecializationIf your role involves both clinical decision-making and patient education, both certifications would be beneficial.

    Professional DevelopmentPursuing both certifications can enhance your professional development and signal a strong commitment to excellence in diabetes care.

    The decision to obtain both certifications should be based on your specific career aspirations and the roles you wish to fulfill in diabetes care. If your practice involves managing complex diabetes cases and educating patients, having both BC-ADM and CDCES credentials can be worth the investment.

    For more detailed information, you can visit the official websites of ADCES and CBDCE​.

    Basic Eligibility Criteria

    Professional Background and Education: To be eligible for the CDCES certification, you must hold a valid license or registration in a relevant healthcare profession. This includes, but is not limited to:

    • Registered Nurses (RNs)
    • Registered Dietitians (RDs)
    • Pharmacists
    • Physicians
    • Physician Assistants (PAs)
    • Physical Therapists
    • Social Workers

    In addition to having a valid license or registration, you must also have completed a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.

    Clinical Experience: Candidates must have a significant amount of professional practice experience in diabetes care and education. Specifically, you need to have:

    • A minimum of 2 years of professional practice experience in your discipline
    • A minimum of 1,000 hours of diabetes education experience within the past 4 years, with at least 400 hours accrued in the year preceding the application

    Additional Requirements

    Continuing Education: Continuing education is crucial for maintaining and enhancing your knowledge and skills in diabetes care. Before applying for the CDCES certification, you must complete at least 15 hours of continuing education activities related to diabetes within the 2 years prior to applying.

    Specific Hours of Diabetes Education Experience: Your professional practice hours should include direct diabetes education. This means providing education to individuals or groups on topics such as:

    • Blood glucose monitoring
    • Medication management
    • Nutrition and meal planning
    • Physical activity
    • Prevention and management of diabetes complications

    For comprehensive information on the most recent requirements visit CBDCE.

    By understanding the eligibility requirements and certification process, you can effectively plan and prepare for your journey to becoming a CDCES. This chapter provides a clear roadmap, ensuring you meet all criteria and are well-prepared for the certification exam.

    Step-by-Step Guide to Certification

    Application Process: The first step in becoming a CDCES is to submit your application to the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE). The application process involves:

    1. Creating an Account: Start by creating an account on the CBDCE website.
    2. Submitting Documentation: Provide proof of your professional license, education, and diabetes education experience.
    3. Paying the Application Fee: Pay the non-refundable application fee, which varies depending on membership status with certain professional organizations.

    Documentation and Proof of Eligibility: Ensure you have all necessary documentation ready, including:

    • Copies of your professional license or registration
    • Academic transcripts
    • Proof of completed continuing education hours
    • Verification of diabetes education experience hours

    Preparing for the Exam

    Recommended Study Materials: To prepare for the CDCES exam, utilize various study materials, such as:

    • The CDCES Handbook: Comprehensive guide detailing the exam content and preparation tips
    • Review Courses: Online or in-person courses specifically designed for CDCES exam preparation
    • Textbooks and Reference Books: Key resources on diabetes care, management, and education
    • Practice Exams: Sample questions and practice tests to assess your knowledge and identify areas for improvement

    Study Tips and Strategies: Effective study strategies include:

    • Creating a study schedule: Allocate specific times for studying and stick to your plan.
    • Joining study groups: Collaborate with peers to discuss topics and share resources.
    • Using multiple resources: Diversify your study materials to gain a comprehensive understanding.
    • Taking practice exams: Regularly test yourself to build confidence and identify areas needing more focus.

    Taking the Exam

    Exam Structure and Content: The CDCES exam consists of multiple-choice questions covering a wide range of topics related to diabetes care and education. The exam is divided into several domains, including:

    • Assessment of Diabetes and Prediabetes
    • Intervention for Diabetes and Prediabetes
    • Diabetes Education and Support
    • Program Management

    Scoring and Passing Criteria: The exam is scored on a scale, with a minimum passing score required to achieve certification. The CBDCE provides detailed information on how the exam is scored and what constitutes a passing grade. Candidates who do not pass the exam may retake it, adhering to the CBDCE’s retake policy.

    Achieving the Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) credential is a significant milestone, but maintaining this certification is equally important to ensure ongoing excellence in diabetes care and education. Staying certified demonstrates your commitment to professional growth, continuous learning, and adherence to the highest standards in the field.

    In this chapter, we will explore the requirements and processes involved in maintaining your CDCES certification, ensuring you remain well-equipped to provide the best possible care and support to individuals with diabetes. From continuing education requirements to the recertification process, you'll find all the essential information needed to keep your credentials current and your expertise up-to-date.

    Continuing Education Requirements

    Number of Hours Needed: To maintain your CDCES certification, you must complete continuing education activities regularly. Specifically, you are required to complete 75 continuing education (CE) hours related to diabetes care and education within each 5-year certification cycle. These hours ensure that you stay current with the latest developments and best practices in the field.

    Types of Acceptable Education Activities: Continuing education activities can include a variety of learning experiences such as:

    • Workshops and Conferences: Attend diabetes-related workshops, seminars, and conferences.
    • Online Courses and Webinars: Participate in accredited online courses and webinars that focus on diabetes management and education.
    • Academic Courses: Enroll in relevant academic courses at accredited institutions.
    • Self-Study Programs: Complete self-study programs that are pre-approved by recognized accrediting organizations.
    • Professional Presentations: Deliver presentations or lectures on diabetes-related topics at professional meetings or conferences.

    Recertification Process

    Timeline and Procedures: The recertification process should be started well before your certification expires to ensure continuous credentialing. Follow these steps:

    1. Track Your Continuing Education Hours: Keep detailed records of your completed CE activities, including certificates of completion and any related documentation.
    2. Submit a Recertification Application: Apply for recertification through the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE) website, providing proof of your CE hours.
    3. Pay the Recertification Fee: Pay the required recertification fee, which may vary based on your professional affiliations.
    4. Complete Additional Requirements: If applicable, fulfill any additional requirements such as practice hours or professional development activities.

    Documentation and Fees: Ensure you have the following documentation ready when applying for recertification:

    • Certificates of completion for all CE activities
    • Proof of practice hours if required
    • Payment of the recertification fee

    By understanding the various pathways and opportunities available, you can tailor your career as a CDCES to align with your interests and goals. Whether you choose to specialize in a particular area or pursue leadership and research roles, the CDCES certification opens the door to a fulfilling and impactful career in diabetes care and education.

    Potential Work Settings

    Hospitals and Clinics: Many CDCES professionals work in hospitals and clinics, providing diabetes education and management services to patients. These settings offer opportunities to work as part of a multidisciplinary team, collaborating with other healthcare providers to deliver comprehensive care.

    Private Practice: Some CDCES professionals choose to work in private practice, offering individualized diabetes education and support. This setting allows for greater flexibility and the ability to build long-term relationships with patients.

    Community Health Programs: Working in community health programs allows CDCES professionals to focus on public health initiatives, providing diabetes education and prevention services to underserved populations. This role often involves outreach and collaboration with community organizations.

    Specialization Areas

    Pediatric Diabetes Education: Specializing in pediatric diabetes education involves working with children and their families to manage diabetes. This role requires knowledge of age-specific diabetes care and the ability to provide support tailored to young patients.

    Gestational Diabetes Education: Educators specializing in gestational diabetes work with pregnant women to manage their condition and prevent complications. This role involves collaboration with obstetricians and other healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive care.

    Technology Integration in Diabetes Care: With advancements in diabetes management technology, CDCES professionals can specialize in integrating devices like continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) and insulin pumps into patient care. This specialization requires staying current with the latest technological developments and providing education on their use.

    Advancing Your Career

    Leadership Roles: Experienced CDCES professionals may pursue leadership roles such as program directors or managers in healthcare organizations. These positions involve overseeing diabetes education programs, managing staff, and developing strategic initiatives to improve diabetes care.

    Academic and Research Opportunities: Some CDCES professionals choose to advance their careers by entering academia or research. This path involves teaching future diabetes educators, conducting research to advance the field, and publishing findings in academic journals.

    We asked a few CDCES's to answer some questions about their journeys to becoming certified diabetes care and education specialists.

    Jessica Jones, MS, RD, CDCES and Wendy Lopez, MS, RD, CDCES, co-owners of Digital Diabetes

    Why did you decide to become certified?

    Our decision to become certified as CDCES was driven by our experiences and backgrounds. Both of us have a family history of diabetes, which has significantly impacted our lives and the lives of our loved ones. Witnessing firsthand the challenges that diabetes brings motivated us to gain the expertise needed to help manage and prevent this condition. Additionally, our work in various settings, including farmers' markets in underserved communities, hospitals, and clinics, exposed us to the high prevalence of diabetes and prediabetes among our patients. We saw how diabetes disproportionately affects African American and Afro-Latinx communities, which resonated with us on a personal level given our own cultural backgrounds. This disparity fueled our passion to make a difference and provide much-needed support and education to those at risk.

    How do you/have you used it in your industry?

    As CDCES, we have utilized our certification to enhance our practice in various ways. We co-founded Diabetes Digital, an insurance-covered virtual nutrition counseling platform platform dedicated to providing comprehensive diabetes care and education. Our certification has allowed us to develop evidence-based programs, conduct webinars, and host a podcast where we interview experts and share valuable insights with our audience. It has also enabled us to work closely with healthcare providers to create integrated care plans that address both the medical and lifestyle aspects of diabetes management.

    Why is it helpful to you to be a CDCES?

    Being a CDCES has been immensely helpful in establishing our credibility and expertise in the field of diabetes care. It has opened doors to collaborations with other healthcare professionals, opportunities for professional development, and the ability to make a more significant impact on the lives of our clients. The certification has also given us the confidence to take on complex cases and offer tailored solutions that improve our clients' health outcomes.

    Any insight(s) that you want to share about being a CDCES?

    One key insight about being a CDCES is the importance of continuous learning and staying updated with the latest research and guidelines. Diabetes care is an evolving field, and maintaining our certification ensures that we remain at the forefront of advancements in diabetes management. On a personal level, this certification has equipped us with the knowledge to support our loved ones better. We’ve been able to share valuable insights and practical tips with family and friends, helping them make informed decisions about their health. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the positive changes in their lives and to know that we are making a difference not just professionally, but personally as well.

    Becoming a CDCES is a significant achievement that not only enhances your professional credibility but also allows you to make a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals with diabetes. The path may be challenging, but the rewards are profound, both personally and professionally. Your commitment to excellence in diabetes care and education is commendable and will contribute to the betterment of people living with diabetes.

    Now that you have a clear understanding of the steps and benefits, it’s time to take action. Start by reviewing the eligibility requirements, gather your documentation, and begin preparing for the certification exam. You may also want to consider membership with ADCES. Through members only communities of interest, there are many ther members available who can help you prepare or answer any questions you might have.

    Remember, utilize all the resources and support networks available to you, and embark on this rewarding journey to becoming a CDCES. All the best! And let us (ADCES) know if you need any help!

    Professional Organizations

    Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES) The ADCES is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the role of diabetes educators. It offers a wealth of resources, including continuing education opportunities, professional development, and networking events. Membership provides access to journals, webinars, and conferences tailored to diabetes care and education.

    American Diabetes Association (ADA) The ADA provides resources and support for professionals involved in diabetes care. It offers guidelines, research updates, and continuing education opportunities. Membership also includes access to professional journals and the latest diabetes research.

    Other Relevant Associations

    Online Resources and Communities

    Websites and Forums

    • Diabetes Educator Network: An online community where diabetes educators can share experiences, ask questions, and access resources.
    • A website dedicated to educating healthcare professionals on diabetes technology.
    • DiabetesMine: A blog and forum providing the latest news and insights on diabetes technology and management.
    • Diabetes Daily: Offers articles, forums, and support groups for both patients and educators.
    • Connect from ADCES

    Social Media Groups

    • LinkedIn Groups: Join professional groups related to diabetes education for networking and resource sharing.
    • Facebook Groups: Participate in diabetes education groups to connect with peers and share information.
    • ADCES Connect Communities of Practice: Participate in more than 30 specialized topics for various interests and disciplines.

    Continuing Education Providers

    Workshops and Conferences

    Online Courses and Webinars

    • ADCES: Offers various online courses and webinars for continuing education.
    • Medscape: Provides free CME/CE courses related to diabetes care.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Q: How long does the CDCES certification last? 

    A: The CDCES certification is valid for five years. Recertification requires completing 75 continuing education hours and fulfilling other requirements set by the CBDCE.

    Q: Can I take the CDCES exam online? 

    A: The CDCES exam is typically administered at designated testing centers, but availability of online proctoring may vary. Check the CBDCE website for the latest information.

    Q: What happens if I do not pass the exam? 

    A: If you do not pass the exam, you can retake it after a specified waiting period. You will need to pay the exam fee again and follow the retake policy outlined by the CBDCE.

    Q: Do I need a certification in order to become a diabetes care and education specialist?

    A: No, to become a Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (DCES), certification is not strictly required, but it is highly recommended and often preferred by employers. Certification demonstrates a higher level of expertise and commitment to the field.

    Q: How much does it cost to take the CDCES exam and be certified for the first 5 year period? How much does it cost to renew? 

    A: The initial exam and 5 year registration fee is $350. Renewal for subsequent 5 year periods is $250.00

    Q: How much does it cost to take the BC-ADM exam and be certified for the first 5 year period? How much does it cost to renew?

    A: The initial exam and 5 year registration fee is $600 for ADCES members and $900.00 for non-members. Renewal for subsequent 5 year periods is $500.00 for ADCES members and $800.00 for non-members.

    Sample Study Schedule

    Week Topic Resources:Notes
    1 Introduction to Diabetes CDCES Handbook, Chapter 1 Focus on basic concepts & terminology
    2 Diabetes Pathophysiology Medical Textbooks Review anatomy & physiology
    3 Blood Glucose Monitoring Online Course, Webinars Practical applications & patient education
    4 Medication Management ADA Guidelines, Textbooks Types of medications & their effects
    5 Nutrition and Meal Planning Dietitian Resources, Books Meal planning strategies & patient counseling
    6 Physical Activity Workshops, Seminars Benefits of exercise & patient programs
    7 Psychosocial Aspects Journals, Articles Addressing mental health & behavior change
    8 Tech in Diabetes Care Tech Reviews, Practice Exams Use of CGMs & insulin pumps
    9 Exam Practice Practice Exams, Study Groups Review & assess readiness


    List of Recommended Books and Articles

    1. The Art and Science of Diabetes Care and Education, 6th Edition
    2. "Practical Diabetes Care" by David Levy
    3. "Using Insulin" by John Walsh
    4. "Medical Management of Type 1 Diabetes" by Francine Kaufman

    Contact Information for Key Organizations

    • Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)
    • American Diabetes Association (ADA)
    • Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE)

    Related Resources

    BC-ADM Credential for Advanced Practitioners

    Join the CEO of BCDCE for Info on Becoming a CDCES


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