NPDP Application Process
Each candidate interested in becoming NPDP certified must complete all steps of PDMA’s certification application process, which is detailed below.
All candidates must first submit a completed NPDP certification application to PDMA for approval before they are able to take the NPDP exam. Once a certification application has been approved, the candidate will receive a confirmation email from PDMA that includes an Eligibility ID needed to schedule the NPDP exam. Candidates will not be able to schedule an exam without an Eligibility ID.
Please allow 5-10 business days for your certification application to be processed.
1. Determine Your Eligibility
To qualify for the NPDP certification, candidates must meet specific criteria in education, experience and knowledge. To see if you meet these criteria, click here.
2. Complete and Submit an Application
The certification application can be completed and submitted to PDMA through our Certification Center. To enter the Certification Center, click on the button below.*
*If you are located in China and would like to participate in the NPDP program, please refer to the section "NPDP China Program" below.
Application fees are based on your PDMA membership type and are paid when submitting your application in the Certification Center.
NPDP China Program
PDMA is excited to announce a new partnership with the Training Center of the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, P.R.C. (TCSAFEA) to bring the NPDP Certification Program to China on a more local level. This partnership allows students in China to apply for and take the NPDP exam through TCSAFEA, instead of submitting an application to PDMA and taking the exam through Prometric.
If you are located in China and would like to begin the NPDP application and exam process, please click on the button below.
For questions on your application, related fees, or the NPDP exam schedule, please contact TCSAFEA directly at email@example.com or 86-10-68948899-50420.
3. Receive Your Approval to Test
When your application has been reviewed and approved (allow 5-10 business days) you will receive an email including an eligibility ID and instructions on how to schedule your exam. You will not be able to schedule an exam without your eligibility ID.
4. Schedule and Pass the Exam
The NPDP exam is administered by Prometric at testing sites around the world. The exam costs $250 for both PDMA members and non-members. After completing your exam, PDMA will receive your exam score and you will be notified once it has been added to your original certification application.
Once you become fully NPDP certified, your NPDP certificate documents will be sent to you via email in PDF format and your lapel pin will be available at PDMA’s Annual Conference in the fall. If you would like hard copies of your certificate documents and lapel pin mailed to you, please contact PDMA Headquarters at 800.232.5241 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals will be required to cover the cost of postage/shipping for these items, both domestically and internationally.
Individuals who have submitted a completed certification application to PDMA but do not have the required level of educational or professional experience to become fully certified are still able to take the NPDP exam.
"NPDP Provisional Status" is granted to those who have submitted an application and passed the NPDP exam. Individuals who are granted "NPDP Provisional Status" have up to five years to accrue the necessary experience that is required to become certified. In order for an individual to change their status from "NPDP Provisional" to "NPDP Certified," they must accrue the necessary experience and update the certification application they previously submitted for further approval.
If you have any questions regarding the certification process, please email email@example.com.