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NPDP 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.

Why Get NPDP Certified?

The New Product Development Professional (NPDP) Certification, developed and offered by the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA), is an internationally recognized body of knowledge. Product Development and Management Association 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 NPDP 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.

NPDP 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.


  • “Confirms my mastery of NPD principles covering the seven critical categories from the vast Body of Knowledge powered by PDMA.”
  • “Identifies me as someone who has the skills and knowledge to manage product lines and teams, and move into leadership.”
  • “I stand out from the crowd. My experience and evidence-based best practices are proven to bring greater new product success to my organization.”

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About NPDP Certification

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

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Apply for Certification

Each candidate interested in becoming NPDP Certified must complete all steps of the certification application process, which is detailed below.

All candidates in the United States and countries outside of mainland China must first submit a completed NPDP Certification application to PDMA for approval before they are able to take the NPDP exam. Once a certification application has been approved, the candidate will receive a confirmation email from PDMA that includes an Eligibility ID needed to schedule the NPDP exam. Candidates will not be able to schedule an exam without an Eligibility ID.

You must be signed in to submit your application. Join PDMA or Register as a non-member  

NPDP Certification Exam Overview

The NPDP exam is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions in the following seven key areas: Strategy; Portfolio Management; New Products Process; Organization, Teams, and Culture; Tools and Metrics; Market Research; and Life Cycle Management. Candidates can prepare for the exam by studying on their own, or with Instructor-led NPDP Certification Exam Preparation Review and Workshop Sessions.

Manage and Maintain Your Certification

Certified new product development professionals! Renew your NPDP certification every three years by completing and submitting a certification renewal application. You may complete your certification renewal application and update your PDH hours by visiting your Certification Portal.

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PDMA Body of Knowledge (BoK) — A Guidebook for Training and Certification

The PDMA Body of Knowledge (BoK) — A Guidebook for Training and Certification is the premier resource for professionals in the product development and management industry. The BoK content includes strategy, portfolio management, new products process, organization, teams, and culture, tools and metrics, market research, and life cycle management.

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U.S. and Canada Chapter Programs

PDMA offers the opportunity to network, learn and get involved through local U.S. 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.

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. 

NPDP Certification Preparation Workshop during the PDMA Conference will be available.
Prepare for the New Product Development Professional (NPDP) Certification Exam by attending our comprehensive workshop at the PDMA Annual Conference. The session focuses on the updated content, and study materials, for the NPDP Certification Exam. This workshop will be led by PDMA's Registered Education Providers.

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. 


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


If you have questions about training and certification, please contact the PDMA office at 651-290-6280 or