Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

PDMA has a policy and a process in place for new product development professionals to renew their NPDP certification. The primary criterion for renewal of an individual’s certification status is the active pursuit of additional new product development knowledge, which will be measured through the number of professional development hours (PDHs) that an individual obtains.

To renew the NPDP certification, an individual is required to obtain 60 PDHs over a three-year period beginning on the date NPDP certification is awarded. It is strongly recommended, but not required, that 20 PDHs are accumulated per year. All PDHs can be obtained through attending seminars and other related educational activities and no more than 50% of PDHs can be obtained through volunteer work. The table below identifies items that lead to PDHs and the number of PDHs that can be obtained for each item.

Item PDHs
Attendance at PDMA International Conference (3 days) 24 PDHs
Attendance at other Product Development related conference/seminar 8 PDHs/day
1 PDH/hour
Participate in Webcast on product development 1 PDH/hour
Book reviews (submit to book review editor) 5 PDHs

Volunteer work:

  • PDMA or PDMA Chapter
  • Another product development related organization
0.5 PDHs/hour
0.5 PDHs/hour (case by case)
Attend an executive development course 1 PDH/hour
Speaker at chapter meetings, conferences, etc. related to NPD 2 PDHs
Attendance at local product development meetings 1 PDH/hour

Training sessions related to product development:

  • Give training
  • Get training
2 PDHs/hour
1 PDH/hour

Publish a chapter in a product development related book

10 PDHs

Publish product related book as

  • Co-author
  • Sole author
30 PDHs
45 PDHs

Publish a peer-reviewed article on product development

20 PDHs
Publish a non-peer reviewed article 5 PDHs
Submit article in PDMA Body of Knowledge 5 PDHs/article
Read articles and publish reviews on them (submit to PDMA website for publication) 1 PDH/article
5 PDHs per year maximum
College classes related to product development – give/get 20 PDHs
Other product development related items Case by case basis
Item and PDHs
24 PDHs
Attendance at PDMA International Conference (3 days)
8 PDHs/day, 1 PDH/hour
Attendance at other Product Development related conference/seminar
1 PDH/hour
Participate in Webcast on product development
5 PDHs
Book reviews (submit to book review editor)
0.5 PDHs/hour | 0.5 PDHs/hour (case by case)

Volunteer work:

  • PDMA or PDMA Chapter
  • Another product development related organization
1 PDH/hour
Attend an executive development course
2 PDHs/hour
Speaker at chapter meetings, conferences, etc. related to NPD
1 PDH/hour
Attendance at local product development meetings
2 PDHs/hour | 1 PDH/hour

Training sessions related to product development:

  • Give training
  • Get training
10 PDHs
Publish a chapter in a product development related book
30 PDHs | 45 PDHs

Publish product related book as

  • Co-author
  • Sole author
20 PDHs
Publish a peer-reviewed article on product development
5 PDHs
Publish a non-peer reviewed article
5 PDHs/article
Submit article in PDMA Body of Knowledge
1 PDH/article | 5 PDHs per year maximum
Read articles and publish reviews on them (submit to PDMA website for publication)
20 PDHs
College classes related to product development – give/get
Case by case basis
Other product development related items


If you have questions regarding NPDP re-certification, please feel free to contact certification@pdma.org.