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Eligibility Requirements for Initial Certification
To qualify for the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators, the following requirements must be met:
1. Professional Education
A. An active, unrestricted license from the United States or its territories as a registered nurse, occupational therapist, optometrist, pharmacist, physical therapist, physician (M.D. or D.O.), physician assistant, podiatrist, or registration as a dietitian by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
B. A minimum of a master's degree, from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body, in one of the following areas: nutrition, social work, clinical psychology, exercise physiology, health education, or specified areas of study in public health*.
After meeting the Professional Education requirement and before applying for the Certification Examination, all (A through C) of the following requirements must be met:
A. A minimum of two years (to the day) of professional practice experience in diabetes self-management training in health care settings within the United States or its territories.*
B. A minimum of 1,000 hours of diabetes self-management training experience within the past five years.*
C. Current employment in a defined role as a diabetes educator a minimum of four hours per week, or its equivalent, at the time of application.