A Guide to New Product Development Professional of PDMA, USA


New Product Development Professional (NPDP) of Product Development and Management Association of USA is the world’s leading product development certification. The participants going through NPDP certification process are guaranteed with the knowledge and differentiation in the field of new product development.

This certification is highly recommended for those who are in the following positions are aspiring to reach these positions in their career.

Product Development Strategy; New Product Development Manager; Product Development Manager; Analyst-Product Development; Product Development – Officer; Product Development and Research; Product Development Specialist; New Product Development Engineer; New Product Manufacturing Engineer; Product Supply Manager; Product Design & Development Head; Engineering Manager – Product Definition; Product Development Head; Vice President Product Development; Director, Product Development; Product and Operations Manager; Head – New Product Development; Director – Product Management; Lead – New Product Development

Product Designer; Product Owner; Director Product Engineering and Development.

The certification process contains the following steps:

  • Become a member of PDMA, USA
  • Undergo the NPDP Certification training
  • Prepare using NPDP Body of Knowledge
  • Book the NPDP examination
  • Take the NPDP examination
  • Maintain the certification

NPDP Certification training is offered in both classroom and online formats. The classroom program is offered over 3 full days and in case of online program the equivalent number of hours are covered. The online programs are typically conducted over weekends considering the working professionals.

The participants need to master the New Product Development Body of Knowledge, published by PDMA, USA. NPD Body of Knowledge contains the following seven modules developed through researches and studies conduction over the past 40+ years.

Module-1: Strategy
Module-2: Portfolio Management
Module-3: New Products Process
Module-4: Organisation, Teams and Culture
Module-5: Tools and Metrics
Module-6: Market Research
Module-7: Life-Cycle Management
For more detailed review of the PDMA Body of Knowledge, please click here.

Once the participants are thorough with the NPD Body of Knowledge, then book the examination and then take the examination at Prometric Centres located across the globe.

NPDP Examination is an online, multiple choice examination with 200 questions. One need to secure 75% to pass in the 3.5-hour examination. The results of the examination will be known at the end of the examination.

Those who are certified need to submit 60 professional development units every three years to maintain the certification. Once should not confuse between the recertification and reappearing for the examination. Certification maintenance refers to the process of submitting the professional development units once in every 3 years. There is no need to rewrite the examination.

Fhyzics Business Consultants Private Limited specializes in Consulting, Certifications, Conference and Executive Development Programs in the domains of Supply Chain Management, Business Analysis and New Product Development.

Fhyzics partnered with the following international organisations,

Authorised Channel Partner of APICS, USA
Approved Study Centre of CIPS, UK
Endorsed Education Provider of IIBA, Canada
Approved Training Provider of BCS, UK
Registered Education Provider of IREB, Germany
Registered Education Provider of PDMA, USA

For more details related to our NPD Certifications, please visit www.pdma-india.in

Click here to download the estimate for New Product Development Professional. If you have any questions, please speak to our Certifications Manager at 900-304-9000 or email us at cs@fhyzics.net.


Written by Venkadesh Narayanan

Venkadesh is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA with 30 years of experience in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis, new product development, business plan and standard operating procedures. He is currently working as Principal Consultant at Fhyzics Business Consultants. He is also serving as President, PDMA-India (an Indian affiliate of PDMA, USA) and Recognised Instructor of APICS, USA and CIPS, UK. He is a former member of Indian Civil Services (IRAS). Fhyzics offers consulting, certification, and executive development programs in the domains of supply chain management, business analysis and new product development.

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