How to use CDEP

People new to using CDEP may find the below instructions helpful ...

CDEP's format is a little different to a traditional training package where you may be asked to go through all the learning material prior to undertaking the assessment at the end of the topic.

By embedding the assessment within the 'bite-sized' learning content, CDEP helps you quickly identify what you already know (boosting your confidence) and uncovers any gaps in knowledge to help focus your learning.


There are a number of different topics available to choose from, which can be completed in any order.

Each topic generates a reflection document and certificate, so you do not have to complete all the topics before you are able to gain evidence for appraisals, revalidation and general evidence of continuing professional development (CPD).

CDEP tailors the list of topics we offer you into essential learning and other topics depending on your selected health service sector and patient group so that you can focus first on the most important topics for your role.

Sections (Competencies):

Each topic is made up of different sections (competencies). The number of sections is determined by your CDEP registration level.

CDEP registration levels:

1) Core = minimum level for a staff member having any contact with people living with diabetes.

2) Intermediate = roles that have regular contact with people living with diabetes (such as those who administer medications and provide basic care, but do not prescribe / adjust medication).

3) Diabetes specialist = roles that directly support people managing their diabetes (such as diagnose diabetes or complications, prescribe and/or adjust medication, etc.).

4) Diabetes expert = roles that intensively support complex patients with diabetes.

If your CDEP registration level is incorrect, you can easily change your level in the 'My Account' section of the website.

Continuous assessment:

CDEP tests your understanding as you go along instead of at the end. Each competency is made up of a series of questions. Each question will contain a 'bite-sized' learning piece with a resource to read or video to watch, should you wish to. Once you have answered the questions, you will be shown your results, so you can check your learning.

A 80% pass mark is required. If unsuccessful, you will be offered the opportunity to re-take the competency with a new set of questions or choose another topic or competency.

Should you attempt a competency 3 times and still be unsuccessful, but not have looked at any of the resources, you will be locked out of that competency. To unlock the competency, please review at least one of the competency resources.

All competencies within a topic need to be passed in order for a topic certificate to be generated. Certificates are valid for 2 years.


There are a series of resources linked to each competency. The resources can be viewed prior to starting the competency, during, as well as after the question series, should you wish to do so.

Each resource is linked to a CDEP registration level (e.g. core, intermediate, diabetes specialist and diabetes expert). The higher the registration level linked to the resource, the more in-depth the resource will be. This does not mean that diabetes specialist resources may not be of interest to people doing the core or intermediate level and visa versa. Core resources are generally good patient resources, so may be useful for diabetes specialist staff to review them.

and finally... if you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact:

Candice Ward