NPDP Certification Exam Overview

    The exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions that test product development knowledge in the following seven key areas:


    Preparing for the Exam

    How you prepare primarily depends on your current level of skill and knowledge in new product development. It also depends on your own preferences for learning as well as how much time you can spend in preparation. 

    There are two basic paths one can take to prepare for the NPDP Certification Exam:

    1.  General Self-Study

    This path is for those with a significant level of skill and knowledge in new product development, and who may be able to prepare for the exam completely on their own. You have probably read many of the main sources in the NPDP Bibliography and applied many of these concepts in your work. For those who choose this self-study path, PDMA offers a number of helpful resources to guide you in preparing for the exam:

    2.  NPDP Certification Exam Preparation Review and Workshop Sessions

    Click here for more information about an education program available to everyone. Click here to access the complete list of upcoming review workshops scheduled.

    Scheduling the Exam

    Exam Fee: $250 for all (PDMA members or non-members)

    The NPDP Examination is computer-based and administered by Prometric. You can take the exam at hundreds of designated test sites, both in the U.S. and internationally, at a date and time that is convenient for you.

    Taking the Exam

    You will have 3 1/2 hours to complete the 200-question exam. The passing point is 75% (150 questions must be answered correctly). Your results will be provided to you immediately upon completion.

    Completing the Exam

    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 Individuals will be required to cover the cost of postage/shipping for these items, both domestically and internationally.

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