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Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
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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
Active work experience relating to new product development, product management
Active work experience 8 PDHs/3 years
Active pursuit of additional new product development knowledge
Attendance at PDMA International Conference 8 PDHs/day
Attendance at PDMA Research Forum 8 PDHs/day
Attendance at other Product Development related conference/seminar 6 PDHs/day
Attendance at other Product Development related conference/seminar 1 PDH/hour
Attendance at local product development meetings 1 PDH/hour
Attend an executive development course 1 PDH/hour
Participate in Webcast on product development 1 PDH/hour
Attend college classes related to product development  2 PDHs/hour
Attend training sessions related to product development 1 PDHs/hour
Other product development related items Case by case basis
Active contribution to field of new product development
Speaker at conferences, etc. related to NPD 2 PDHs/hour
Speaker at chapter meetings related to NPD 2 PDHs/hour
Submit article in PDMA Khub 5 PDHs/article
Publish product related book as:  
  • Co-author
30 PDHs
  • Sole author
45 PDHs
Book reviews (submit to book review editor) 5 PDHs
Publish a chapter in a product development related book 10 PDHs
Deliver training sessions related to product development - includes preparation time 2 PDHs/hour
Deliver college classes related to product development - includes preparation time 2 PDHs/hour
Publish a non-peer reviewed article 5 PDHs
Read articles and publish reviews on them (submit to PDMA website for publication) 1 PDH/article
Publish a peer-reviewed article on product development 20 PDHs
Volunteer with PDMA or PDMA Chapter 0.5 PDHs/hour
Volunteer with other product development related organization 0.5 PDHs/hour

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

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