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PDMA Frequently Asked Questions



What is my username and password?
If you have forgotten your password, click here and it will be sent to your email account on file. If you are unsure which email account you have on file or can't remember your username, contact PDMA Headquarters.

Am I a member?
To check your membership status, login to the PDMA website. Under My Profile, a notice will appear asking you to renew or join if you are not a member. If you are a member, no message will appear.

When does my membership expire?
Login with your username and password to access your member profile. Once logged in, go to My Profile. You will be promted to renew if your renewal date is within 90 days. You will also receive an email notification 90 days before your renewal date.

How will I know when it’s time to renew?
You will receive an email, and there will be a notiication within 90 days of your membership renewal date.  

How do I renew my membership?
Login with your username and password. Once logged in, renew your membership within your member profile.

How much does membership cost?
Membership dues vary depending on your country of residence and status as a professional, academic or student. To view a full list of membership options and details visit the PDMA Join and Renew page.

I’m a student. How do I apply?
Students can apply to membership by completing the online application. Student Membership is available to those who are currently taking classes related to product development and are not employed full- time. A copy of a current school-issued class schedule is required to document your student status. Student Memberships are subject to PDMA approval.

Who joins PDMA?
PDMA members come from diverse career and experience backgrounds. We have professional, academic and student memberships. Some members are starting in the product development field and others have been in the industry their entire career. Furthermore, PDMA has a global reach, with membership in more than 50 countries. If you are in product development and are interested in networking, career development and industry insights, then you’ve come to the right association.

What are the benefits of membership?
Click here to check out the great benefits PDMA has to offer.

How long will it take to process my new membership/renewal?
Renew online today and your profile will be updated automatically. If you mail your payment, please allow Headquarters 7-10 business days once they receive the payment to update your profile.

Do you offer corporate membership?
PDMA does offer team memberships. Teams consist of 3-11 members from the same business and receive great PDMA benefits, all at a reduced price. Click here for more information on Team Membership.

How do I sign up my team and how long does it take for my team’s membership application to be processed?
You can sign up by filling out the Team Membership application online. Once the team has been entered into the system, each team member will receive a welcome email with instructions on accessing the PDMA website.

Can PDMA teams be located outside the U.S. and are dues the same?
Yes, teams can be located outside the U.S. and the same dues structure applies.

If a team leader or basic member leaves the company, can another individual take over his/her membership?
Yes. As long as the company/organization has paid for the membership, they own it and can replace any members with new members who will inherit the benefits from the previous member.

How can I make changes or updates to my team?
If you have changes or need to make updates to your team, please contact PDMA Headquarters.

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Watch this quick, on-demand webinar about PDMA Certification.

Do I have to be a PDMA member to be certified?
You do not need to be a PDMA member to be certified. However, if you do become a full member of PDMA, the application fee (a $200 value) is waived. Members also receive great benefits such as the Visions and JPIM magazines to stay up-to-date on industry practices. Click here to join PDMA.

How long does certification last?
Once your New Product Development Professional (NPDP) certification application has been approved and you pass the certification exam, you will be certified for 3 years. If you applied for Provisional certification, you have 5 years to accrue the necessary experience for regular NPDP certification.

How do I renew my certification?
To renew your NPDP certification, an individual is required to obtain 60 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) over their 3 year certification period and pay a renewal fee ($150 members/$225). To review the items that lead to PDHs and the number of PDHs that can be obtained please click here.

PDMA members can track their PDHs through the Certification Center. Once logged in, go to "My Page." You may access "My Page" by clicking on the "Home" tab. Once you have accessed "My Page," you will find a box titled "NPDP Certification." Click on "Manage my Certification" to enter the Certification Center. You may also visit the Certification Center by clicking here.

Please note: You must login to receive your PDMA member benefits.

What happens if you have not earned your 60 PDHs?
If you have not earned the 60 PDHs over the 3 year certification term, you must become reinstated. To become reinstated, an individual must submit a reinstatement form and retake the NPDP certification exam.

What events/work is eligible for PDHs?
100% of the PDHs can be obtained through attending seminars and other related educational activities related to product development.

Some examples include:

  • Attendance at PDMA Annual Conference
  • Attendance at PDMA Chapter meetings
  • Participation in Webinars
  • Volunteer Work
  • Training Sessions
  • Attend/Teach Educational Courses

To find a complete list of activities that would count towards PDHs please click here.

Please note: No more than 50% of the PDHs can be obtained through volunteer work.

How do I sign up to take the test?
Before being eligible to take the NPDP certification exam, an individual must first submit a certification application. Once the application is complete and approved, the individual  will be provided an Eligibility ID to schedule their NPDP certification exam.

The NPDP certification exam is administrated through Prometric. Promertic has testing sites located worldwide. Individuals are able to take the exam not only in English but Mandarin and Spanish as well. The certification exam fee is $250 for non-members and members.

Does PDMA provide any study materials for the exam?
You can access a recommended reading list with downloadable PDFs here. A study guide and practice questions are also available to help you prepare for the exam.

You may also take a formal class through PDMA’s Registered Education Providers (REPs). To view the list of REPs please click here. To view a schedule of REP courses currently available please click here.

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How do I know if I’m affiliated with a chapter?
Members and Guests have access to join multiple chapter communities through the website. Click here to access a full list of available chapter communities. You can select the chapters you want to be affiliated with in your Member Profile.

What are upcoming events in my area?
Click here to see a list of upcoming PDMA events. Events are also listed on your local chapter’s webpage.

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Annual Conference

How do I become a speaker at the Annual Conference?
If you are interested in speaking at the conference, contact

For more information on the PDMA Annual Conference, click here.

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How do I sponsor an event or advertise with PDMA?
With nearly 2,000 members, PDMA is a great place to reach Product Development Professionals. We offer multiple opportunities for sponsorship and advertising, including webcasts, conferences, online advertising and advertising through our print publications.

Who do I contact if I’m interested in sponsoring at the conference?
With nearly 2,000 members, PDMA is a great place to reach Product Development Professionals. To learn more, and become a sponsor, contact Blake Finger at

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I didn’t receive JPIM. How do I get my issue?
Contact PDMA Headquarters by email at to confirm your mailing address and the issue that you are missing. Your issue will be mailed in 7-10 business days. Please note that in 2013 PDMA converted to an electronic distribution of Visions and JPIM. If you are interested in receiving the hard copies, you can sign-up to do so here. We ask for a $15 shipping and handling charge per issue.

How do I get extra copies of Visions/JPIM?
Contact PDMA Headquarters and additional issues will be mailed in 7-10 business days.

Can I subscribe to JPIM without PDMA membership?
JPIM is a member-only benefit that we do not offer to non-members at this time. If you would like become a member and receive JPIMclick here to sign up or read more about the great benefits that PDMA members receive.

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Didn’t find an answer to your question? Contact PDMA Headquarters at 1-651-290-6280 or e-mail

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