Maintaining Certification

    Recertification Process

    PDMA has a policy and process for recertification for new product development professionals. This policy and process are in force for those who have both granted and regular certification. The primary criterion for renewal of an individual's certification is active pursuit of additional new product development knowledge. Click here to learn more and for a list of qualifying Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

    Recertification Requirements

    To renew certification, an individual is required to obtain 60 PDHs over a three-year period beginning on the date NPDP certification is awarded. To review the items that lead to PDHs and the number of PDHs that can be obtained through volunteer work, click here.

    Click here to update your PDH hours or click the button below to enter the Certification Center.


    Recertification Application

    You may complete your recertification application and update your PDH hours by visiting the Certification Center.  


    Should a candidate not achieve recertification status, and allow their NPDP certification to lapse, they can reinstate it at a later date. An individual does this by completing the application for reinstatement found and paying the reinstatement fee. For those who have previously taken the exam this will include either retaking the exam or documenting the 60 Professional Development Hours to show continuing active involvement in the field of product development and paying the reinstatement fee. If you were originally granted certification, you will now be required to take the exam. The reinstatement fee for PDMA members is $150 and $225 for non-members. This does not include the prevailing cost to take the exam should that be necessary.

    Fees and Filings

    Recertification requires payment of $150 for PDMA members and $225 for non-members.

    Reinstatement requires payment of $150 for PDMA members and $225 for non-members. This excludes the cost of $250 for the certification test to be paid to the testing service.

    If you wish to pay your recertification application fee by check, mail it to the address below:

    PDMA Membership/General
    8421 Solutions Center
    Chicago, IL 60677-8004

    If you have any questions regarding the recertification process, email

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