Certified Diabetes Educator Practice Test


A Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) is a health care professional who has extensive knowledge of and experience in diabetes management, prediabetes, and diabetes prevention. The responsibilities of a CDE include, but are not limited to:


  • assisting patients with self-management to reduce health risks
  • supporting patients through the stages of diabetes
  • educating patients on treatment options and healthy practices

Certified Diabetes Educator Practice Test


To become a CDE, health professionals must pass the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators, which tests applicants’ foundational knowledge and practices. The CDE is a practice-based certification, ideal for professionals who have hands-on experience in the field.


Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Eligibility Requirements

To take the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators, health care professionals must meet the discipline, professional experience, and continuing education requirements.


Discipline Requirement

To fulfill this requirement, applicants must have one of the following licenses, certifications, or Master’s Degree.


  1. A current, active, and unrestricted license:
    • Clinical Psychologist
    • Podiatrist
    • Registered Nurse (includes Nurse Practitioners, CNS)
    • Physician (M.D. or O.D.)
    • Physical Therapist
    • Pharmacist
    • Optometrist
    • Occupational Therapist

  2. Certifications/Registrations
    • Dietitian nutritionist or dietitian (active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration)
    • Health educator with Master Certified Health Education Specialist Certification (National Commission for Health Education Credentialing)
    • Exercise physiologist with American College of Sports Medicine Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist Certification
    • PA holding active registration with the NCCPA

  3. Health care professional with a minimum of a master’s degree in social work. The college or university has to be in the United States and accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body.

Professional Practice Experience

To fulfill this requirement, applicants must satisfy both of the following:


  1. A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in their discipline. (For example, if the applicant is applying as an Optometrist, he or she must have at least 2 years of professional experience as an optometrist.)
  2. A minimum of at least 1000 hours of diabetes experience. At least 400 of the 1000 hours have to be accrued in the most recent year preceding the application.

Continuing Education

Applicants must have at least 15 clock hours of continuing education activities related to diabetes within the 2 years prior to applying.


Certified Diabetes Educator Exam Practice Questions

Certified Diabetes Educator Exam Practice Questions

CDE Application Process

After meeting the eligibility requirements, applicants can submit an online application on the goAMP website or mail a paper application to PSI. The application fee is $350, and the recertification application fee is $250. Applicants who submit their application online can pay with a credit card (MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Visa). Applicants who send their applications through the mail can pay with a credit card, money order, cashier’s check, personal check, or company check.


After an application is approved, candidates have 90 days to schedule and take the exam. To make an appointment for the exam, go to the goAMP website or call PSI at 888-519-9901.


What to expect on test day

The Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators is a computer-based exam offered at PSI Test Centers. Candidates will have 4 hours to complete the test. The exam consists of 175 questions that count towards your final score and 25 questions that are for statistical data. The minimum score required to pass is 70. Below you will find some common tips and rules for test day.


  • Prepare to arrive at your testing center early. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will forfeit your test.
  • You must bring 2 forms of government-issued IDs, with your name, photograph, and signature. Some examples include a passport, driver’s license, and military ID.
  • You are allowed to bring a hand-held, battery or solar-operated, non-programmable calculator.
  • There will be a personal locker for you to store your items. Electronics, handbags, and backpacks are not permitted in the testing area.
  • At the beginning of the exam, you will receive a pencil and scratch paper.

How to prepare for the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators

An effective way to prepare for the exam is to understand the key concepts and practices, but also to understand the test format. Our expert test-researchers carefully developed the Mometrix Certified Diabetes Educator Study Guide to provide with you with easy-to-read explanations of the major topics on the exam, like patient assessments, intervention methods, and the different types of diabetes. This comprehensive study guide also includes exclusive test-taking strategies that will help you answer questions more quickly and effectively. Our test experts also created the Mometrix Certified Diabetes Educator Flashcards to help you study and quiz yourself on the go! With these two study resources, you’ll be well-prepared for test day!


We look forward to assisting you with your test-taking journey. Congratulations on taking the first step to becoming a Certified Diabetes Educator!


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Last updated: 06/14/2018
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