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Initial Credentialling

Become a Credentialled Diabetes Educator (CDE)

Primary health discipline prerequisite

To become a CDE, you need to be one of the following:

  1. Registered Medical Practitioner
  2. Registered Nurse
  3. Registered Midwife
  4. Accredited Practising Dietitian
  5. Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  6. Registered Pharmacist
  7. Registered Podiatrist
  8. Registered Physiotherapist

Other Primary Health Disciplines

Primary health discipline peak bodies can apply to the ADEA Board for recognition as a discipline eligible for Credentialling. The document below outlines assessment criteria and the application process.

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

If you are from a primary health discipline not listed above and wish to credential, ADEA recommends contacting your peak body to discuss an application for recognition as a primary health discipline eligible for credentialling.

Indigenous and Aboriginal health credentialling pathway

If you are an:

  • Indigenous allied health practitioner
  • Indigenous Enrolled Nurse
  • Aboriginal Health Worker
  • Aboriginal Health Practitioner

you can apply for recognition as a Credentialled Diabetes Educator.

Indigenous Allied Health Australia and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Alliance, in consultation with the ADEA Credentialling Committee established a   3-year trial of this pathway. The trial period is 1 September 2017 until 1 September 2020.

Relevant documents:

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

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

Initial Credentialling

If you have decided that credentialling as a diabetes educator with ADEA is for you, and you meet the above prerequisite, there are 6 steps to follow. The steps are detailed below.

Step 1: Register for full ADEA membership

Step 2: Complete a Graduate Certificate in diabetes education and management

Step 3: Complete 1000 hours practice in diabetes education.

A minimum of 1000 hours of diabetes education practice is required for initial credentialling.

You have 4 years to accrue these hours, however 60% of this practice (600 hours) needs to be within the 12 months immediately prior to your application. You can start to accrue and log these hours from the day that you commence your Postgraduate Certificate in diabetes education.

Practice hours are defined as work-related practice, including clinical, managerial or research, that is directly related to diabetes education, support and management of people living with, or at risk of developing diabetes.

ADEA validates your 1000 hours of practice via a log of hours completed by you and a verification letter from your manager/employer (on business letterhead). Both documents are required for your application.

Relevant documents: 

Step 4: Undertake a minimum six months mentoring

You can find more information about the mentoring program on this page.

Step 5: Undertake 20 hours CPD per year

You are required to undertake 20 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD). These 20 hours of CPD should be recorded in your CPD portfolio online and submitted with your application.

Five of the total 20 CPD hours are required to be ADEA endorsed activities. You can view a list of ADEA endorsed activities here.

Relevant documents: 

Step 6: Provide a referee report 

A referee report is required to be submitted with your application. The 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 needs to:

  • provide an independent view of your ability to meet ADEA CDE core competencies

  • have an in-depth knowledge of your practice in relation to the core competencies of a CDE

  • review and discuss your CPD portfolio

Relevant documents:


Credentialling is a detailed and rigorous process designed to uphold the integrity of the CDE status. ADEA wants you to be successful in this process and will provide as much support and advice as you need.