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Kentucky Board of Diabetic Educators

Kentucky Board of Licensed Diabetes Educators

Click the following link for a memo from the Board regarding COVID-19:​ Memorandum​



On March 6, 2020, Governor Beshear issued Executive Order 2020-215, declaring a state of emergency regarding COVID-19, a respiratory disease causing illness that can range from very mild to severe, including illness resulting in death. On March 30, 2020, Governor Beshear signed Senate Bill 150 (SB 150), an act relating to the state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and declaring an emergency.  Regarding telehealth services by out-of-state health care providers with a patient in this state, Section 1(4) of SB 150 provides:


Section 1. Notwithstanding any state law to the contrary, during the state of emergency declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19 on March 6, 2020, by Executive Order 2020-215:

(4) Unless specifically prohibited or limited by federal law, a health care provider who establishes a provider-patient relationship, regardless of whether or not the telehealth provider has previously conducted an in-person examination or consultation or is conducting a new patient examination or consultation, with a patient in this state may remotely provide health care services to a patient through the use of telemedicine at an appropriate site for both the provider and patient and in compliance with HIPAA. Such provider must have an active unencumbered license for a health care profession which is issued by another state, the District of Columbia, or a possession or territory of the United States and have never been subject to discipline by a licensing agency in any state or federal jurisdiction and never had their license or permit for controlled substances suspended or revoked. Such providers must register with the relevant state agency and only offer clinically appropriate, medically necessary services. An insurer, as defined under KRS 304.17A-005, shall provide coverage for such services that are rendered to insureds in this state and the reimbursement rates for the service shall not be more than for the same services delivered in-person as provided under KRS 304.17A-138 and shall be determined between insurers and providers;

The full text of SB 150 is available at the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Executive Journal website,



To temporarily register pursuant to SB 150 with an occupational licensure board (herein “board”) administered by the Department of Professional Licensing (herein “DPL”) of the Public Protection Cabinet, please note:

1.   This registration only applies to telehealth services, and does not allow you to provide any other services.

2.   The registration with DPL is only for health care providers whose scope of practice requires licensure by the following Boards: Alcohol & Drug Counselors; Applied Behavioral Analysts; Chiropractic Examiners; Diabetes Educators; Dietitians & Nutritionists; Durable Medical Equipment; Hearing Instruments Specialists; Marriage and Family Therapists; Massage Therapy; Occupational Therapy; Ophthalmic Dispensers; Pastoral Counselors; Podiatry; Professional Art Therapists; Professional Counselors; Prosthetics, Orthotics & Pedorthics; Psychology [except that a person licensed to practice psychology in another jurisdiction who has registered or wants to register with the board per the separate notification process in regulation 201 KAR 26:215 regarding a declared disaster should contact that board’s administrator to use that process]; Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology.

3.   The registration with DPL is NOT A LICENSE, and shall not substitute for the requirements of applicable Kentucky law and administrative regulations to obtain a license from one of the listed boards. Further, the registration is NOT A STATEMENT OF QUALIFICATIONS by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

4.   The registration expires immediately when the referenced state of emergency has ceased, at which point a registrant must immediately cease providing the telehealth services.

5.   To register, please visit the following site: You will be required to upload the following: 1) a signed and notarized affidavit, that can be found here; and 2) a copy of your active license.

(If you would like to request a paper copy of the application process, please request so by emailing, then complete the Application and Affidavit and submit scanned copies by email to or send the originals by mail to Department of Professional Licensing, P.O. Box 1360, Frankfort, KY 40602. Do not submit any documents by fax. Please note: This process is slower than applying online.)

6.   No fee is required for this temporary registration.

7.   After we receive your application, we will communicate with you regarding the status of the application.

8.   You are NOT registered until you receive a communication from us stating that you are temporarily registered. 

The mission and purpose of the Kentucky Board of Licensed Diabetes Educators is to regulate the practice of diabetes education in Kentucky and to ensure safe and competent diabetes education to all people in the Commonwealth. The board licenses all eligible candidates for entry into the profession of diabetes education. It recommends appropriate changes in the law to assure fairness and equality. The board conducts formal hearings when necessary and prosecutes by due process any violators of KRS 309
Renewal Instructions
Click here for instructions on how to submit your online renewal for Licensed and Master Licensed Diabetes Educators (LDE and MLDE) - Deadline is Nov. 1, 2020.
Click here for instructions on how to submit your online renewal for Apprentice Diabetes Educator Permit Holders - Deadline is Nov. 1, 2020.
As a reminder, 201 KAR 45:130 requires fifteen (15) hours of continuing education for your 2020 renewal.  Continuing education hours for license renewal shall be applicable to diabetes and presented at a professional level that enhances the quality and effectiveness of diabetes self-management education.  Also, please note that under 201 KAR 45:130 Section 5, you may be subject to a random audit of your continuing education hours.  If you are audited you will be sent an audit notice in January of 2021 following this year's renewal period.  Failure to comply with the audit may subject you to disciplinary action.  For more information on continuing education, please visit the laws and regulations, which can be found under the yellow “Resources” tab at the top of the home page.


Important message regarding your 2020 renewal:
Your renewal can be submitted online with your eServices account at The Department of Professional Licensing suggests completing your renewal at least two weeks before the renewal date.
Below is useful information regarding your renewal process:

1.) OP ID number: On your email /letter renewal notice, you will find your OP ID number for login. This is a six digit number that identifies you in our system.
2.) If you have forgotten your User Name or Password: Click the Forgot Password link on the eServices log in screen - you will need your OP ID number that was provided in your email/letter renewal notice - once you enter this six digit number you will be prompted to answer your security question to access your account.
3.) Renewal Date is not your expiration date explained: Your Expiration date is the last date you may practice and bill for services and it is shown to the public and employers at online verification. If your employer is telling you that you cannot practice beyond your renewal date, that is an employer and employee issue. Medicaid has agreed and is using the online verification expiration date for their billing. The expiration date represents the end of the grace period found in your Board’s licensure regulations allowing for board imposed late fees or penalties, but you maintain the ability to practice until the shown expiration date.


Do you need to find a licensed person with the Kentucky Board of Licensed Diabeters Educators?  

You can now search the Active License Directory located here that will allow you to search for a licensed individual by Board, License Type, Region and/or County.

In addition, you can verify a license by clicking here.

*Please note: Licensees have the option to publicize information or leave it unavailable. The Department of Professional Licensing believes this information will be useful and serve public protection.


Any time that you wish to check the status of your license or print an official verification of your license, you can use the online license verification tool by clicking on “online services” in the yellow bar across the top of the page and then clicking “license verification.”

Note:  Any correspondence received in the board office or on the Kentucky Board of Licensed Diabetes Educators website becomes public information and will be shared with the board members. Comments and questions can be directed by email to the Board Administrator at     
Once licensed, the credential initials are as follows:
  • Licensed Diabetes Educators (LDE)
  • Master Licensed Diabetes Educators (MLDE)                                              

 News Releases

About the Board.pdf
Board Mission.pdf
Diabetes Educators - HB 366 Information.pdf
Diabetes Educators Licensing Announcement.pdf