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Certification Central



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NPD Professional Certification will assist you in making important connections in your career. Use the credibility of certification to connect with business opportunities and new jobs. Certification intrinsically provides the link between where you are and where you want to go.

Developed and offered by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), New Product Development (NPD) Professional Certification is an internationally recognized body of knowledge. NPDP Certification is differentiated by its not-for-profit status as an organization of internationally recognized academic and professional experts. We are the source of knowledge in the field of product development, product and innovation management.

When you earn your NPD Professional Certification, companies looking to hire the best of the best will see your commitment to the profession, know you have best-in-class product development and management ability and a track record of professionalism and success.

NPD Professional Certification supports and formally recognizes your mastery, leadership, and success as a product professional.

You will earn a prestigious designation that carries with it a sense of personal accomplishment and demonstrates your professional competency.


About NPD Professional Certification

To qualify for NPD Professional Certified distinction, candidates must meet 3 criteria in education, experience, and knowledge.

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NPDP Certification Exam Overview

The NPDP exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions in the seven key areas outlined in the PDMA Body of Knowledge.

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Apply for Certification

Each candidate interested in becoming NPDP Certified must complete all steps of the certification application process.

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Manage and Maintain Your Certification

Renew your NPDP certification every three years. Complete your certification renewal application and update your PDH hours by visiting your Certification Portal.

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Digital Badges

All certified NPD Professionals receive a digital badge that validates this mastery and can be easily added to social media.

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Body of Knowledge

To help you prepare for the NPDP exam, PDMA is excited to announce the publication of a newly revised NPD Professional Body of Knowledge (BoK), which combines all preparation materials needed for the revised exam into a single publication.

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PDMA Registered Education Providers

PDMA has a list of Registered Education Providers (REPs) to assist you and your team with NPDP Certification.

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PDMA Chapters

PDMA offers the opportunity to network, learn and get involved through local chapters. PDMA chapters sponsor events which offer an excellent opportunity for local involvement, networking and exchange of ideas. Most events also include a program on current topics of interest.

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PDMA Webcasts

PDMA Webcasts are online events that provide premium content for product development and management professionals who need access to emerging information from experts on a variety of new product development topics. Featured presenters include academics, authors, practitioners, and service providers. Login to receive free recordings of past webcasts.

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PDMA Conference

This high energy, four day event is the #1 global conference on end-to-end product development and innovation management. The conference delivers a mix of keynotes, workshops, TED-style talks, presentations from Outstanding Corporate Innovators (OCI) Award winners and career-enhancing networking NPD Professional Certification Preparation Workshop during the PDMA Conference will be available.

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PDMA offers an online glossary of industry terms. This is a great resource when preparing for the certification exam.

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