Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) Preparation Course

Tags: Live, Medication therapy management, Professional pharmacy services, Chronic conditions

This comprehensive program is comprised of online modules and a two-day live workshop. It covers a variety of inter-related topics, including motivational interviewing, pharmacological management of diabetes, self-monitoring of blood glucose, complications, managing special circumstances, nutrition, exercise, and managing special populations such as older adults.


Live Workshop Dates: March 28 – 29, 2020

  • Saturday (March 28) 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday (March 29) 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: Toronto (TBD)


A detailed program agenda and confirmation of the program venue will be emailed to attendees one week before the program date.


How to register: To register, please scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the program date; a drop-down will open with pricing information for members and non-members*. Select the option that applies to you, then click on "add to cart" to start the registration process.


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Program Outline

This blended program consists of the following:



I. Online Modules*

  • Introduction to theories in education
  • Psychosocial aspects of the adult with diabetes
  • Motivational interviewing to facilitate behaviour change
  • Diabetes self-management: Perspectives in behaviour change
  • Overview of pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes: oral antihyperglycemic agents and injectable therapy
  • Pharmacological management of diabetes: Insulin
  • Self-monitoring of blood glucose 
  • Overview of blood glucose monitoring in the community pharmacy
  • Insulin injection devices and injection techniques
  • Diabetes: Complications and screening
  • Managing special circumstances in diabetes patient care
  • The use of CSII technology in diabetes
  • Physical activity and diabetes: Prescribing exercise
  • Lifestyle changes for diabetes management


*Online modules are also part of The MASTER Plan for Diabetes Continuing Education Program.


It is mandatory for participants to complete all of the online modules and corresponding questions before coming to the live workshop.


II. 2-Day Live Workshop

  • Food facts: Carbohydrate counting
  • Moving on…intensifying treatment
  • Communication and counselling strategies
  • Teaching for effect
  • Program development
  • Diabetes in the family
  • Workshop I – teaching tools
  • Workshop II – patient cases
  • Brain wave - exam preparation
  • Parking lot questions


Continuing Education Units:

  • CEUs: TBA
  • CCCEP Accreditation #: TBA
  • Accreditation Expiry Date: TBA

Course Availability:

Participants will have access to online modules until March 1, 2021.

Learning Format: 

  • Online, didactic learning modules
  • Interactive workshop
  • Live presentations
  • Case study analysis and discussion
  • Q&A session

Successful completion of this program meets the educational requirement by the MOHLTC to provide the MedsCheck for Diabetes service. Pharmacists who graduated in 2015 or later from a PharmD program from the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy or the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Toronto, are exempted from taking additional diabetes education in order to be eligible to provide a MedsCheck for Diabetes consultation. All pharmacists, however, are encouraged to continually reassess their knowledge and competence in diabetes management and to upgrade their skills and training through CCCEP-accredited programs to best meet the clinical and educational needs of their diabetes patients. 


Program Completion

To receive the letter of completion for this program, participants will be required to complete the following requirements by March 1, 2021:

  1. Complete the program’s online component (instructions will be emailed to you upon registration).
  2. Attend and participate in the live two-day program.
  3. Complete the pre-readings.
  4. Complete the program’s evaluation.

Pre-requisites and Target Audience

There is no prerequisite to register for this program; however, those who have regular interactions with patients with diabetes may have more opportunity to contribute to the discussions and case analysis. It is mandatory for participants to complete all of the online modules and corresponding questions before coming to the live workshop.

This program supports pharmacists and other healthcare professionals interested in writing the 2020 Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) examination, a nationally recognized certification administered by the Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB). The course also benefits those pharmacists who do not wish to take the CDE exam, but who want to enhance their skills and knowledge in diabetes within their practice setting.


About the CDE examination:

The Canadian Diabetes Educator Certification Board (CDECB) is responsible for the development and administration of the certification program for Certified Diabetes Educators in Canada. It is independent and separate from all other diabetes-related organizations and associations. Please note that the 2020 exam will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The application deadline is February 1, 2020. For further details, go to www.cdecb.ca


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:


Introduction to Theories in Education

  • Compare and contrast major theories of teaching and learning
  • Identify appropriate circumstances to apply different learning theories in practice
  • Discuss strategies for optimizing patient education in practice


Diabetes: Complications and Screening

  • Describe the microvascular complications of diabetes
  • Discuss the associated macrovascular complications of diabetes
  • Describe the appropriate screening times for diabetes complications.
  • Identify the screening tools available for the detection of diabetes complications
  • Describe how they will utilize these screening tools in their practice
  • Identify prevention strategies for diabetes complications.


Diabetes Self-management: Perspectives in Behaviour Change

  • Discuss selected theories and philosophies which can be applied to optimize counselling in the change process
  • Identify tools that can be used to facilitate the process of behaviour change
  • Identify where and how behaviour change theories and philosophies can be applied to practice


Overview of Glucose Monitoring in the Community Pharmacy

  • Summarize the rationale of the ODB Blood Glucose Test Strip (BGTS) reimbursement policy
  • Demonstrate a step-wise approach to providing a person with a blood glucose meter
  • Discuss the individualization of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG)


Overview of Pathophysiology of Diabetes

  • Describe the basic pathophysiology of diabetes
  •  Identify the characteristic signs and symptoms of diabetes
  • Distinguish between the major types of diabetes in terms of etiology, prevention, defining characteristics and incidence
  • Identify the diagnostic criteria for the different types of diabetes
  • Identify target range for blood glucose values
  • Utilize an appropriate screening tool for type 2 diabetes


The Use of Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII) Technology in Diabetes

  • Discuss the basic function of an insulin pump
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of insulin pump therapy
  • Define the following terms in relation to insulin pump use: basal rate, bolus rate, ezCarb, combo wave bolus, dual wave bolus, carbohydrate ratio, insulin sensitivity, insulin on board
  • Outline the necessary steps for successful pump initiation
  • Identify some potential problems and potential solutions with pump use


Psychosocial Aspects of the Adult with Diabetes

  • Identify and describe the potential psycho-social impact of diabetes and its treatment
  • Identify barriers to self-care and become familiar with strategies to promote self-care
  • Become familiar with communication strategies to promote therapeutic interactions


Lifestyle Changes for Diabetes Management

  • Understand the goals of nutrition management for diabetes
  • Become familiar with the meal planning tools for educating people with diabetes
  • Apply the 2018 CDA CPG nutrition principles for the management of diabetes


Physical Activity and Diabetes: Prescribing Exercise

  • Become familiar with the current guidelines for recommending physical activity and exercise for people with diabetes
  • Understand the effect of different forms of physical activity and exercise on the management of diabetes
  • Have the knowledge to confidently prescribe individualized practical exercise and physical activity programs to people with diabetes
  • Recognize the risks associated with exercise for people with diabetes
  • Understand the barriers (patient and provider) to physical activity and exercise
  • Become familiar with strategies to help clients overcome barriers to physical activity and exercise


Insulin Injection Devices and Injection Techniques

  • Identify common gaps in insulin injection
  • Examine FIT Canada recommendations on insulin administration
  • Explore strategies to adopting best practice


Managing Special Circumstances

  • Describe how to manage the following special circumstances: hypoglycemia, sick days, preparing for colonoscopy, preparing for surgery or diagnostic test, guideline on driving private car


Pharmaceutical Management of Type 2 Diabetes: Oral Antihyperglycmic Agents and Injectable Therapy

  • Review treatment algorithm in management of hyperglycemia in type 2 diabetes
  • Describe different types of oral antihyperglycemic agents (OAA) in terms of action, indications for use, side effects, safe administration and precautions
  • Examine methods of assessing renal function
  • Explore how to individualize therapeutic choices


Pharmacological Management of Diabetes: Insulin

  • Review action profile of different insulins
  • Describe the rationale for common insulin regimens
  • Discuss how to choose starting dose of common insulin regimens
  • Describe the principles of pattern management
  • Explore how to apply pattern management


Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose

  • Identify benefits of blood glucose monitoring
  • Discuss techniques of blood sampling
  • Describe purpose and methods of quality control for blood glucose meter
  • Examine self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG) recommendation tool for healthcare providers
  • Explore how to individualize frequency of SMBG


Motivational Interviewing

  • Define Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Explain how MI helps people engage in the change process
  • Apply OARS communication skills
  • Discuss the pharmacist’s role using MI skills to assist people with diabetes make important changes to optimize management


Subject Matter Experts

This program has been developed in part with contributions from the following subject matter experts:

  • Zubin Austin, RPh (BScPhm, MBA, MISc, PhD)
  • Laura Murphy, RPh (BScPhm, PharmD, ACPR)
  • Gail McNeil, RN (BNSc, MEd, CDE)
  • Barry Simon, MD (FRCP)
  • Freda Leung, RPh (BScPhm, CDE, CRE, CGP)
  • Susie Jin, RPh (CDE, CPT, CGP)
  • Joanne Lewis, RD (CDE)
  • Joyce Chan, RPh (BScPhm, PharmD, ACPR, CDE, BCPS)
  • Beth Li, RPh (BScPhm, CDE)
  • Henry Halapy, RPh (ACRP, BScPhm)
  • Maggie Cheung, RPh (BScPhm, CDE)


Last updated: January 17, 2020

Inquiries: Please contact OPA’s professional development team by phone at 416-441-0788, option 3 (toll-free in Ontario at 1-877-341-0788, option 3), or by email at education@opatoday.com.


Cancellation policy: Requests for cancellations or refunds must be submitted in writing to education@opatoday.com no later than 10 business days prior to the program date by 4:30 p.m. A $250 (+HST) cancellation fee will apply. Cancellations will not be refunded after the cancellation date.


Food service disclaimer: Most live programs provide refreshments and meals.  Participants who have health-related dietary needs or food allergies are encouraged to include details on their registration form of special dietary requests.  The Ontario Pharmacists Association will work with the program venue to accommodate dietary requests as best as possible but cannot guarantee that the venue will be able to meet all requests. Every effort is made to notify the venue catering staff about participants’ food allergies; however, there is always a risk of contamination. There is also a possibility that manufacturers of the food supplies used by the venue could change the formulation at any time, without notice. Participants concerned with food allergies need to be aware of this risk. The Ontario Pharmacists Association will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or items one may come in contact with while eating at program venues. Participants concerned about their dietary needs are encouraged to contact the Ontario Pharmacists Association for additional information.


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Class Date: 28 Mar 2020 | City: Toronto| Venue:TBA
Member Rate
Standard Package   $899.00 Add to Cart (Regular $899.00)
Non-Member Rate
Standard Package   $1,481.00 Add to Cart (Regular $1,481.00)

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