The Aotearoa College of Diabetes Nurses (ACDN) of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation (NZNO) is dedicated to the provision of excellent standards of care and education for people in New Zealand living with diabetes.

The goal of the Accreditation Programme is to provide a framework by which nurses working within the area of diabetes can be recognised for having attained knowledge and skills, as defined by the National Diabetes Nurses Knowledge and Skills Framework (2018) within their area of practice and have demonstrated continued maintenance and development of knowledge and skills through a systematic and regular review process.


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Accreditation applications are invited twice yearly from June (closing date early August) and January (closing date early March)

Guideline to Accreditation

All information pertaining to both initial accreditation and maintenance accreditation can be found in the Guideline to Accreditation (Updated August 2020)

Please note that applications must be sent via courier and received at NZNO National Office by 12.00pm (midday) on the closing date to:

ACDN Accreditation Programme Coordinator
New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Level 3, Findex House
57 Willis Street
Wellington 6011

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Initial Accreditation

Nurses who are eligible to seek recognition as an accredited diabetes nurse must meet the ACDN Accreditation Programme requirements outlined in the ACDN Accreditation Handbook. 

To download an application pack for initial accreditation, please click on link below:

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Maintenance Accreditation

Accreditation is granted for a thee year period. To retain accreditation status diabetes nurses must meet the requirements of the ACDN Maintenance Accreditation Programme outlined in the ACDN Accreditation Handbook.

To download an application pack for maintenance accreditation, please click on the link below:

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Lapsed Accreditation

If accreditation status has lapsed, a new initial accreditation application must be submitted following the requirements for the ACDN Accreditation Programme.

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Assessments of applications are undertaken by one registered Accreditation Assessor who does not work closely with the candidate. Advice of the outcome is provided within 12 weeks of the closing date.

Review of unsuccessful applications is subject to a written appeal lodged within 30 days of receipt of the notification of outcome.

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Other downloads

Please read the Accreditation Handbook (above) for a detailed explanation of each form and what is required. 

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Please direct any enquiries regarding accreditation to ACDN Committee Member and National Committee Accreditation Coordinator, Amanda de Hoop via email:

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