Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care

Become a Diabetes Educator

Mayfield Education offers the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes qualification which addresses one of the growing chronic conditions in the Community.

40 hours of clinical placement!


Graduate Certification in Diabetes Education and Health Care (V12936)

Start Date available intakes

  7 Aug 2024 (Intake 2)


Program Length

1 year


2-10 Camberwell Road
Hawthorn East VIC 3123


Study Mode

4 x 3 day campus-based study blocks. Some online learning. Clinical placement.



Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care

Course Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education is for qualified practitioners who want to specialise in diabetes management and education to deliver improved patient care and education programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education is accredited by the Australian Diabetes Educators Association (ADEA) and Tertiary Education Skills Quality Standards Agency Provider (TEQSA) under the Higher Education Standards Framework. This qualification will provide eligible health professionals with the qualification to practice as Diabetes Educators. Students must attain 4 credit points and successfully complete a 40-hour clinical placement whilst enrolled to obtain the Graduate Certificate.


Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care

Course Details

Entry Criteria

Applicants for the Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care must be Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident with appropriate qualifications below and a minimum 2 years of post-graduate experience in the relevant field.

Applicants must fall into the following categories:

  •  Registered Medical Practitioner
  • Registered Nurse
  •  Registered Midwife
  • Accredited Practising Dietitian
  • Accredited Exercise Physiologist
  • Registered Pharmacist
  • Registered Podiatrist
  • Registered Physiotherapist
  • Registered Optometrist

As the course requires completion of self-directed online learning, it is expected that people studying this program will need an access to a personal computer device and basic computer skills, including the ability to:

  • Create, save and edit Microsoft office documents (including Word, Excel)
  • Access and search the Internet.
  • Download and save documents from a variety of websites.
  • Record, save and upload a video using a smart device such as mobile, laptop, iPad.
  • Upload files and images onto the Learning Management System
  • Access Dropbox links.

If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you are encouraged to contact the Mayfield education student services to discuss your study and support options.

    How to Apply

    To proceed, applicants must:

    1. Be ready to enrol for the course.
    2. Upload and submit the following documentation as part of the enrolment application:
    A recent resume.

    • A statement of purpose for wishing to undertake this course (250-300 words maximum).
    • Evidence of 2 years (FTE) post graduate experience.
    • Evidence of current employment (recent employment within 6 months).

    Authenticated copies of qualifications and transcripts

    Training Program

    Students are required to successfully complete the following learning modules:

    Unit 1: Management of diabetes.

    This module will provide students with the key principles necessary to provide optimal care to patients presenting with Type 1 and 2 diabetes, based on the National Standards of Practice for Diabetes Educators.

    Unit 2: Psychological and special needs in diabetes education.

    This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills to support and empower patients to self-manage their diabetes.

    Unit 3: Teaching and learning.

    This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills to develop and implement evidence-based health education and health promotion programs in a range of settings.

    Unit 4: Evidence-based practice in diabetes education.

    This module will provide students with skills to critically evaluate and utilise current research to support the development and implementation of policy and procedures, and organisational change.

    Study Load

    It is expected you’ll spend 10-12 hours per week studying and completing all learning modules for each unit of the course.



    Blended Learning Mode

    With a blended delivery this course duration is 1 year Part Time, comprises of 4 x 3-day campus-based study blocks (total 12 days), which includes practical workshops in addition to online learning modules. There is also 1 week (40 hours) of participant observation on clinical placement.

    Supportive and interactive campus based learning and practical workshops will provide you with the opportunity to liaise with fellow students and learn from the experiences of a range of health professionals currently working in the field of diabetes education. The workshops also equip students with practical skills that will support their learning.

    Clinical Placement

    Students are required to complete 40 hours of clinical placement which will provide the opportunity to develop and demonstrate competency in the tasks, skills and knowledge of a Diabetes Educator. This is organised by Mayfield Education. Please note, completion of the clinical practicum is a mandatory requirement for the course and for those seeking ADEA credentialling status.

    Location of Delivery

    2-10 Camberwell Road, Hawthorn East VIC 3123


    Intake Dates

    Intake 2- 2023: commencing 7th August 2023.


    Unit Number Unit Name Dates of Face-to-Face blocks (12 days total)
    Unit 1 Management of Diabetes 9, 10 & 11 August 2023
    Unit 2 Psychosocial and Special needs in Diabetes 8, 9 & 10 November 2023
    Unit 3 Teaching and Learning 7, 8 & 9 February 2024
    Unit 4 Evidence based practise in Diabetes Education 8, 9 & 10 May 2024


    Application Closing Date:
    Applications for enrolment close 2 weeks before classes start.

    Late applications will be considered for the next intake if received after the closing date.


    Intake 1- 2024: commencing 4th March 2024.

    Unit Number Unit Name Dates of Face-to-Face blocks (12 days total)
    Unit 1 Management of Diabetes TBA
    Unit 2 Psychosocial and Special needs in Diabetes TBA
    Unit 3 Teaching and Learning TBA
    Unit 4 Evidence based practise in Diabetes Education TBA

    At Mayfield we have engaging ways of learning and assessment which includes:

    •  reflective journal writing
    • case studies
    • group presentation
    • critique written assignments
    • role play
    • online learning
    • self-paced learning packages
    • The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
    External Scholarship
    • RCNA – Numerous categories of scholarship are available. Visit  the Australian College of Nursing Foundation for more information.
      Diabetes Victoria has the Gwen Scott Diabetes Professional Development Grants Program
    • The Department of Health has training and development funding available.
    • Nursing and Allied Health scholarships are available with My Health Career.
    Recognition of Prior Learning

    Mayfield Education aims to provide the recognition of a student’s skills and knowledge to enable their learning to be recognised which exceeds the entrance criteria of the course.

    Please refer to our Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning policy for more information.


    This qualification can lead to become a credentialed Diabetes Educator subject to meeting the following requirements from the Australian Diabetes Educators Association:

    • complete 1,000 hours of practice in diabetes education
    • undertake a minimum of six months mentoring by an experienced CDE.


    To learn more about credentialled Diabetes Educator please visit  ADEA | Credentialling – ADEA

    Fees Statement

    Student Course Fee Payable

    For Full Fee Paying Students: Total student contribution $12,075

    A payment plan is available

    For a detailed summary of the Tuition Fee and for the monthly Direct Debit Instalment Payment Plan, contact Mayfield for the Statement of Fees either on email or by phone.

    Email: studentservices@mayfield.edu.au

    Phone: (03) 9882-7644

    • Initial Course Deposit via electronic Transfer: $250
    • Direct debit options available
    • * Government funding eligibility criteria applied
    • ** Eligible concession card holders
    Total Student Enrolments and Completion Rate

    The table below provides data on student’s enrolments and completion at the Mayfield Education for last 3 years:

    Years Number of students enrolled  Completion Rate %
    2019 15 100.00%
    2020 8 100.00%
    2021 8 100.00%
    All students 31 100.00%
    •  The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.
    • Fees are indicative, may subject to change of government policy and this may occur during the course.
    • Fee instalment plan is available.
    • Please read refund, cancellation fees information prior to your enrolment / making payment.

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    Course Name and State Date Applications Open Applications Close
    Graduate Certificate in Diabetes Education and Health Care Intake 2 /Commencement Date 7 Aug 2024 11/03/2024 31/07/2024