As announced in November, 2010, the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators (NCBDE), the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have created the Diabetes Educator Mentorship Program to promote careers that will lead to a Certified Diabetes Educator® (CDE®) designation and improve access to much needed diabetes self-management education (DSME).
The program, set to begin in January 2011, will partner experienced CDE-credentialed diabetes educators with healthcare professionals who are interested in gaining experience in providing diabetes self-management education. The goal is to assist these professionals with meeting the current hours of experience practice requirement for CDE certification.
Details regarding the development of the program will be announced on the NCBDE web site as they are finalized.
Mentor Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for mentors are:
- CDE®, in good standing, for 3 years
- Current practice as a Diabetes Educator, providing DSME services
- Other preceptor/mentoring experience
- Practice accredited by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), e.g., ADA recognition, AADE accreditation, Indian Health Service Model Diabetes Programs, or other program that can demonstrate compliance with national standards
- Agree to complete and submit appropriate Mentor/Mentee monitoring documentation
Interested in Serving as a Mentor?
First, thank you for your interest in serving as mentor. Please contact the NCBDE national office to indicate your interest. Once the application documentation is available (anticipated for release in January 2011), you will be contacted and provided with details on how to access the application. Please click here to send an email message identifying your interest in serving as a mentor. Be sure to verify your email and mailing addresses when drafting your message. You may also indicate your interest by contacting the NCBDE national office using the contact information at the bottom of this page.
Mentee Eligibility Criteria
The eligibility criteria for mentees are:
- Meet NCBDE discipline requirements in effect at the time of application
- Volunteer hours must be accrued within a maximum 4 year period immediately prior to applying for certification
- Provide DSME volunteer hours under guidance of NCBDE Mentor
- Accumulate a maximum of 400 volunteer hours of the total 1000 hrs of DSME experience
- Hours provided in practice accredited by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), e.g., ADA recognition, AADE accreditation, Indian Health Service Model Diabetes Programs, or other program that can demonstrate compliance with national standards
Interested in Participating in the Program as Mentee?
Thank you for your interest in the CDE credential. More information about how to apply and participate in the program will be available at a future date. In the mean time, you may want to review the discipline requirements to assess that you meet that part of the mentee eligibility criteria.