Diabetes Educator Certificate Program

Diabetes Educator Graduate Certificate Program

Diabetes Educator Certificate Program:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned


Program Length

6 Months

Start Date

September 14, 2020


$1,525 (domestic students - textbook not included). Please see below for international tuition.

Application Deadline

June 26, 2020


Delivered online (with a two-and-a-half-day in-person workshop) and led by Certified Diabetes Educators, the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program is highly sought after by health professionals interested in supporting patients and families with the management and control of diabetes.  Offering flexible and varied learning methods, the program has been taught to registrants since 2004. The Diabetes Educator Certificate Program was the first program globally to achieve recognition from the International Diabetes Federation. For those interested in specializing further, there are a number of distinct additional courses that are offered independently.

Have questions about the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page!

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Program Outline

Michener’s Diabetes Educator Certificate Program is designed to be flexible, with online delivery, combined with a two-and-a-half-day (2.5) day live workshop mid-semester. Study on your own time and at your own pace, and complete the Certificate in six (6) months. Upon successful completion of the online program, workshop, and final exam you will receive The Michener Institute’s Certificate in Diabetes Education.

Course Modules and Evaluation

The Diabetes Educator Certificate Program consists of one (1) course made up of six (6) modules:

1 Teaching and Learning

2 Pathophysiology

3 Managing Diabetes

4 Antihyperglycemic Agents

5 Complications of Diabetes

6 Special Populations and Issues

Each online module contains learning objectives, a pre and post self-assessment quiz, course reading materials, and a list of supplementary reading. You are encouraged to identify your own learning needs and go beyond the material provided in each module to additional information resources.

Evaluation is conducted by certified facilitators and includes:

Evaluation Item Due Date (approximate)
Module Review Questions Ongoing
Online Case Conference 1 Week 8
Workshop presentation Week 11-13
(tentative, dates TBD)
Web-based Mid-term Examination Week 15
Online Case Conference 2 Week 16
Reflection Paper Week 17
Final Assignment Week 23
Web-based Final Examination Week 24-25

Workshop Component

The mandatory 2.5-day workshop builds on your personal knowledge and experience, and is conducted by experienced facilitators who are Certified Diabetes Educators. You will participate in small group discussions, case presentations, role playing, teaching practice, and assessment of teaching skills as you evaluate and problem solve diabetes patient cases. You will receive written and oral feedback from the faculty and your peers.

Workshops run for two-and-a-half days – Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, and all day Sunday – and are held at The Michener Institute in Toronto. A workshop may be arranged in Vancouver, pending sufficient students.

The exact dates of the workshop will be advised shortly after the course starts.

Deferral to workshops in later sessions of the program is not permitted – you must participate in a workshop in the same cohort you originally enrolled in.

More than 9 million Canadians have been diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes.

Admission Requirements

  • Degree or diploma in one of the following regulated health professions (other regulated health professions may be considered on a case by case basis):
    • Registered Nurse (RN), Registered Practical Nurse (RPN), Registered Dietician (RD), Physician, Chiropodist, Pharmacist or Kinesiologist AND
  • Registered and licensed with a regulatory body in Canada as one of the above regulated health professions; AND
  • A minimum of two years of current patient care experience* in your profession; AND
  • Computer literacy
    • Students must have access to a computer that meets the minimum system requirements, access to the Internet, and an e-mail account
    • Access to and basic proficiency with a PDF reader, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft PowerPoint are also required as they are used to access course material and submit evaluation items

*Please note: Applicants for the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program are considered to have sufficient ‘patient care experience’ if they are a working health professional with a degree or diploma in a regulated health profession, who routinely interacts with patients to provide treatment, counseling and education about disease processes and healthcare issues.

International students (regulated health professionals living outside Canada) are welcome to apply to the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program. The application process for international students is slightly different, please visit the international admissions page for more information.


To apply for the program please submit all of the following documents to The Michener Institute:

  1. A completed Michener Application Form

    • Please ensure you specify desired start date on application form ie. Fall 2020 or Winter 2021
  2. $30 non-refundable application fee
  3. A copy of your current professional college registration or professional registration
    • Please note, you must belong to a regulated health profession
  4. Evidence of 2 years’ experience in your profession
    • For example, a current resume or letter from your employer

You are welcome to include relevant additional information or documentation if you feel it will benefit your application.

Please note, the application process for international students is slightly different. Visit the international admissions page for more information.

Your application should be sent to:

Office of the Registrar
The Michener Institute
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON
M5T 1V4
Fax: (416) 596-3122


For more information on the application process please visit Michener’s Admissions page, and/or view our FAQs.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

Application Deadline: 26 June 2020
Registration Deadline: 21 August 2020
Course Start Date: 14 September 2020

Winter 2021

Application Deadline: 16 October 2020
Registration Deadline: 11 December 2020
Course Start Date: 11 January 2021

Late applications will not be accepted. Further information on application deadlines is available on our FAQs page.

Diabetes and its complications is the leading cause of death by a disease in Canada and is responsible for more deaths each year than AIDS, Breast Cancer and Lupus combined.


$1,525 not including textbook. Tuition is paid when registering for the program.

Please note:

  • Tuition fees are subject to change
  • Tuition includes program materials, instructional support, workshop and evaluation.

You will be responsible for purchasing this textbook:

  • The How To of Patient Education, 3rd Ed. Belton, A.B.

Available via Amazon and Chapters/Indigo as well as other bookstores. Please do not purchase the 2nd edition.

The tuition for International Students is $2,550. Please visit the International Tuition Fees page for more information.


Diabetes Specialty Courses

The following advanced level specialty online courses, which were also recognized by the International Diabetes Federation, may be taken independent of the Diabetes Educator Certificate Program. These courses have been designed to to build on basic knowledge and advance the practice of diabetes educators and interprofessional health care providers. A working knowledge of basic diabetes care and management is required for enrollment in these courses.

DE801 Diabetes Management in Children and Adolescents

Course dates: November 11, 2019 – February 23, 2020

DE802 Diabetes Management in Pregnancy

Course dates: March 9, 2020 – June 7, 2020

DE803 Engaging Patients in Managing Chronic Illness

Course dates: October 28, 2019 – February 2, 2020

DE804 Diabetes Management in Older Adults

Course dates: January 27, 2020 – May 3, 2020

DE806 Diabetes 101

Course dates: February 3, 2020 – April 12, 2020

DE807 Intensive Insulin Management

Course dates: February 10, 2020 – May 3, 2020

DE808 Foundations of Foot Management in Diabetes

Course dates: January 20, 2020 – March 29, 2020


Some funding may be available for RNAO members who belong to the Diabetes Nurse Interest Group (DNIG). For more information, please contact RNAO.