Australian Diabetes Educators Association Your trusted partner in diabetes care

Initial Credentialling

Become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator

To become a CDE, you will first need to:

  1. You must currently be registered/accredited to practice in one of the following:

  • Registered Medical Practitioner

  • Registered Nurse

  • Registered Nurse/ Registered Midwife

  • Accredited Practising Dietitian

  • Exercise Physiologist

  • Pharmacist

  • Podiatrist

  • Physiotherapist

Applications for ADEA Board Approval of other Primary Health Disciplines

Applications are welcome from primary health discipline associations/colleges for consideration of health professional groups being eligible for ADEA credentialling as a diabetes educator in Australia, using the below information and application form.

Application for Health Disciplines Eligibility for Recognition as Credentialled Diabetes Educator (PDF - 0.54MB)

Indigenous Allied Health, Aboriginal Health Practitioners and Aboriginal Health Workers

Indigenous allied health, Indigenous enrolled nurses, Aboriginal health workers and Aboriginal health practitioners can apply for individual eligibility for CDE credentialling under a 3-year trial which commenced 1 Sep 2017, following a formal request from IAHA and NATSIHWA and consultation with the ADEA Credentialling Committee.

Download the Guidelines and Application form below:

Guidelines for the Credentialling of Indigenous health professionals (PDF - 1.03MB)

Application form for indigenous health professionals eligibility to become credentialled (Word - 0.29MB)

Register for full ADEA membership


  1. Complete a Graduate Certificate in diabetes education and management

  2. Complete 1000 hours practice in diabetes education.

You must complete a minimum of 1000 hours of practice in diabetes education over a maximum period of 4 years prior to application. 60% of these hours need to be within 12 months prior to application. Your 1000 hours of practice includes any diabetes education, support and management of people living with or at risk of developing diabetes.

Practice hours can be accrued from the day that you commence your post graduate certificate in diabetes education. Read our Guidelines: 1000 hours practice in diabetes education (PDF - 1.08MB).


Practice hours are defined as work-related practice, including clinical, managerial or research, that is directly related to diabetes education, support and management.

Validation of practice hours (to be included with your application):

  1. Undertake a minimum six months of mentoring

  1. Undertake 20 hours CPD per year

  • We require a record of your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) demonstrating activities undertaken in the 12 months prior to application. You should complete your CPD Portfolio.

  • Five points must be from ADEA endorsed activities. A list of ADEA endorsed activities can be found here.

Download the CPD Portfolio Points Guide (PDF - 0.85MB) for more information. 

  1. Provide a referee report

  • The referee report can be written by:

    • Your mentor

    • A CDE you work with

    • Your manager or immediate supervisor (they do not need to be a CDE or ADEA member)

  • Your referee must agree to:

    • Provide an independent view of the applicant’s ability to meet ADEA CDE core competencies

    • Have an in-depth knowledge of the applicant’s practice in relation to the core competencies of a CDE

    • Review and discuss the applicant’s CPD portfolio

  • Important downloads: