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NPDP Certification Requirements
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NPDP Certification Requirements

To qualify for this distinction, candidates must meet 3 criteria in education, experience, and knowledge:

Education Experience Knowledge
Hold a bachelor’s or higher university degree (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited institution Accrued at least two years of professional-level experience working in new product development (the candidate must have accumulated the required experience within the prior four years) Achieve a passing score on the NPDP Certification Exam
Education
Hold a bachelor’s or higher university degree (or an equivalent degree) from an accredited institution
Experience
Accrued at least two years of professional-level experience working in new product development (the candidate must have accumulated the required experience within the prior four years)
Knowledge
Achieve a passing score on the NPDP Certification Exam

OR

Education Experience Knowledge
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent Accrued at least five years of professional-level experience working in new product development (the candidate must have accumulated the required experience within the prior eight years) Achieve a passing score on the NPDP Certification Exam
Education
Hold a high school diploma or equivalent
Experience
Accrued at least five years of professional-level experience working in new product development (the candidate must have accumulated the required experience within the prior eight years)
Knowledge
Achieve a passing score on the NPDP Certification Exam


Provisional Status 

Can you take the NPDP Certification Exam without having the requisite experience? Yes!

If you pass the Certification Exam, but don't yet have the required level of experience, you will be granted "NPDP Provisional Status". With this status, you then have up to five years to accrue the experience required to become fully NPDP certified, as described above.

If you have any questions regarding the certification process please email certification@pdma.org.