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Created in 1937, PPA's Merit & Degree program (PPA’s longest-standing educational program) works with our other educational events and competitions, helping you earn a PPA degree that recognizes your achievements in the profession. It means you have met PPA's standards of excellence and service. More importantly, it provides you with another tool for telling the world—and all those potential clients—why they should call you, rather than the competitors. After all, you'll be one of about 2,100 PPA photographers who have earned such a degree…only about 4% of the total membership.

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A PPA degree is not the completion of a university curriculum; it is a representation of the oldest and largest professional photography organization's standards of excellence.

Don't forget that you can earn merits by entering a PPA competition.

Certification Program

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program from PPA assures others of a photographer's knowledge, experience and continuance to develop new skills and techniques. It is a declaration of your professional competence! The certification program assures the general public that you, as a Certified Professional Photographer, are a quality professional. It's like quality assurance because certification is a credential consumers and businesses understand. More importantly, it provides you with a tool for telling the world—and all those potential clients—why they should call you rather than the competitors.

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By answering a series of questions that focus on you and your studio, PPAedu gives you a truly personalized program for you to use whenever/wherever you want. How?

  • It is a personalized, online education platform.
  • Offering a full variety of resources suited to the users' current needs in business and/or in photography.
  • Each program is clearly outlined with key takeaways and downloadable resources.
  • There are more than 250 videos, available 24/7, and more will be added each month!

PPAedu helps photographers hone their craft (there are 4 creative categories of technical courses) and strengthen their business, progressively and immediately (4 types of business courses).

This personalized education program represents a $600/year value and it at PPA members' fingertips, 24/7, at no extra cost for all Professional Active members.

You can start building your personalized program now if you are a PPA member: Start here, or begin watching online courses. You can choose them by topic or by instructor and create your own customized program later.

Not a PPA Member?
There is three-month subscription to access all the PPAedu programming for a one-time fee of US$150. This PPAedu subscription will give you all of PPAedu's online courses, but the PPA membership will be a lot more economical after the first three months! Interested? Read on (English only)...

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