Certification Board for Obesity Educators

How do I become a Certified Obesity Educator?

The Certified Obesity Educator Program is currently under development. It is our hope that we will be ready to invite the first class of candidates to apply before the end of 2012. Please complete the “Get Updates” form so that we may keep you informed of our progress.

What is the vision of CBOE?

The CBOE envisions a knowledge and skill certification program that helps to reduce the prevalence of obesity across all social and economic settings in America.

What are the objectives of the certified obesity educator program?

The objectives of the certified obesity educator program are to:
a. Provide formal recognition of mastery of knowledge about obesity counseling and education.
b. Provide a mechanism to demonstrate professional accomplishment in obesity counseling and education.
c. Provide consumers, employers and third party payers' validation of specialized understanding of obesity counseling and education.
d. Promote continuing commitment to best practices, current standards and knowledge of obesity counseling and education.

What is the advantage of becoming a certified obesity educator (C.O.E.)?

The main advantages are professional and financial. Successful completion of the C.O.E. exam indicates that the certified healthcare provider has mastered both the most current obesity knowledge and the specialized skills required to care for obese patients. Such mastery promotes quality care for obese patients and the credential presents to third party payers a strong argument for compensation.

What professional specialties qualify to take the certification exam?

C.O.E.'s will come from various healthcare professional backgrounds. The goal is to be inclusive, not exclusive. Acceptable backgrounds include physicians, optometrists and podiatrists, registered physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered dietitians, pharmacists, registered clinical exercise physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, health educators, clinical psychologists, and clinical social workers.

Are there professional practice experience requirements to qualify for the certification exam?

Specifics are to be determined, but include current employment in the United States or its territories with a certain number of hours per week spent in the role of obesity counseling and education.

How much time and money is required to become certified?

Examination fees, rules, and content are to be determined.

How long will certification be valid?

The number of years is to be determined.

Will I have to take a re-certification exam?

Renewal of certification by either examination or continuing education is to be determined.

I am credentialed by The Obesity Society - what is the advantage of being certified by CBOE?

Because the rigor necessary to complete The Obesity Society's physician's credentialing program will meet or exceed the requirements to sit for the C.O.E. exam, the Certification Board of Obesity Educators recognizes through reciprocity that a physician, through application and a minimal fee, is a C.O.E. The advantage of this dual recognition is to enhance the financial return for the physician when applying for compensation.

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