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    Default Earning a degree question

    Hey everyone, I am new to PPA and am studying for the exam. I have a question that I haven't found the answer to yet and maybe someone can clarify. I have just paid my dues for PPA and am looking into getting a degree.
    What I read was that I needed to be a member of PPA for two years before I can get the degree I want... M.Photog.

    Here is my noobie question. Can I start earning points toward my degree now like enroling in webinars and print competitions and receive my degree in two years? Assuming I qualify. Or do I need to save my money and time on webinars and print competitions and only do them after I fulfill my two year membership?

    I am anxious to get started but didn't want to go through all the time and money trying to earn points only to be told in two years that none of it mattered and I have to start over.

    In summary: How long do I have to be a PPA member before I can start earning points?

    Thanks in advance!
    Chris Keating

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    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Nevermind! I just found the answer.

    When can I start earning merits towards a degree?
    A PPA member can begin earning merits immediately, but you must be a member for at least 24 months to earn a degree. PPA membership categories that qualify to earn degrees include Professional Active, Associate, Canadian, International, Life and Retired members.

    Sorry for wasting everyones time.
    Chris Keating

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    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Dover, OH

    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Welcome to the forums, Chris. You didn't waste anyone's time. If you have any more questions, just ask. Good luck on your journey towards your first degree!
    Christine Walsh-Newton, M. Photog., Cr., CPP
    Ohio CPP Liaison

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    New Orleans, LA.

    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_Keating View Post
    Sorry for wasting everyones time.
    Please don't EVER think that asking as question on this forum is wasting anyone's time. The reason most of us post on THIS forum is a desire to give something back to our profession. Answering a question from a new member is NOT a waste of our time. Welcome to the forum - and thank you for looking here for an answer !!! We're here to help you.
    The best way to gain for yourself is to give OF yourself.
    - - - So get out there and volunteer for something ...

    Rick Massarini, M. Photog., Cr., CPP., F-PPLA
    PPA Affiliate Juror; 97th Recipient PPA Directors Award
    ASP Governor, SW District Rep. & Convention Booth Chair
    PPLA Past President & Fellow

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Rome, Italy

    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Well-said, Rick!

    And welcome to the forums, Chris!
    STEFF (not StePH)

    Stephanie Millner Cr.Photog., CPP

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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    De Queen, Ark.

    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Since you don't want to waste time or money, please attend print judging as often as possible so you can learn from the comments of the judges and get inspired by the types of prints that do well. This will be beneficial as you consider entering prints.

    A lot of photographers shoot special setups to enter in competition; some suggest shooting a few shots of a customer session "just for you." Only two of my print merits were personal assignments and both went loan. All the others, including five wedding albums, were from customer sessions with no special art work. (These were the days before Photoshop)

    Attend seminars (Super Monday) and week-long affiliated schools when possible. This not only earns merits, but you'll learn so much from others.

    Finally, as you gain experience you will probably develop a style or a practice that can benefit others. Put together a good 90-minute program with visual aids and seek bookings at nearby state and local PPA affiliates to earn speaker merits, which can be applied to a Masters Degree but are required for a Photographic Craftsman Degree.

    Good luck.

    -- Vaughn Monigold

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    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Petaluma, CA

    Default Re: Earning a degree question

    Chris, welcome to the forum, and welcome to PPA.

    Think of the PPA Masters degree as a pursuit very much like any academic Masters degree. That is, you earn it base on your competency to be able to earn it. Much like the academic degrees, some candidates do so in their 2 years, some will take longer. Here, the Master degree is not an easy one to achieve. I forgot what the average time it takes for a PPA member to get their Masters, but it something like 7 years. Some hotshot photographers, like my wife, do it in 2 1/2 years (with the craftsman degree combined), but most take longer, like me The amount of time is not important, but rather your journey towards it in relation to how it helps you to develop as a professional photographer.
    Michael Gan,M.Photog.Cr. CPP,
    Meritage House of Photography

    If your business depends on you, you don't own a business-you have a job. And it's the worst job in the world because you're working for a lunatic... You can't close it when you want to, because if it's closed you don't get paid. You can't leave it when you want to, because if you leave there's nobody there to do the work. You can't sell it when you want to, because who wants to buy a job?
    —Michael Gerber

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