PLM Certificate Program

The Purdue PLM Certificate Program combines concepts with experiential learning to maximize a practical, “real world” focus on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM). The program focuses on areas that are critical for any successful PLM implementation – digital product definition, product data management and "downstream" processes like virtual manufacturing. After completing this program, participants will have a better understanding of these interconnected technologies that enable companies to make better business decisions throughout the lifecycle of a product. There are two components of the Purdue program make it different from other PLM Certificate Programs. The first are hands-on workshops in a miniature PLM environment (provided) where concepts are demonstrated in a way a lecture or readings cannot. The second is the inclusion of CM2 configuration management principles in all three courses to the extent that in addition to the earning the PLM Certificate, students will earn credit for the first IpX CM2 course, CM2-01 Foundation of Operational Excellence: Your journey for reshaping legacy business processes and systems starts here. CM2-01 is the first course in the CM2-Comprehensive certification program. For more information about CM2-01 click here.

There are three (3) courses in the certificate program. Each has about 30 hours of content divided into modules. The courses are intended to be taken in order.

  1. Digital Product Definition in PLM Environments - next Course 1 starts soon - Click here for more information!
  2. Product Data and Configuration Management in PLM Environments - next Course 2 starts soon - Click here for more information!
  3. PLM Across the Enterprise - next Course 3 starts soon - Click here for more information!

Click here for a PDF of 2021 calendar with PLM Course start dates


The modules in each course contain lecture videos, readings, hands-on workshops, discussion boards, and quizzes. Participants work through the material on their own but help from an instructor is never far away. The courses utilize the Siemens PLM Software suite of tools (NX and Teamcenter) for examples of PLM methods. However, the core processes and methods apply to any PLM toolset. As a result, anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of PLM toolsets and process would benefit from these courses. The program was developed in conjunction with The Boeing Company. Now the courses are available to participants from all companies and industries.

Participants need access to high speed, broadband Internet service and a personal computer with up-to-date internet browser to connect to course material and the virtual PLM environment. The only prerequisites are participants need to have working knowledge of PCs and web based applications. A three button mouse is required for hands-on workshops. The certificate program is intended for professionals outside of a degree program. Three (3.0) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded upon completion of each course in the series. Upon completion of all three courses, the Purdue PLM Certificate is awarded along with a certificate verifying that IpX CM2-01 has been completed with an additional 1.6 CEUs.