CPP Exam Overview and Resources
- CPP Exam Registration
- CPP Candidate Checklist
- Test Specifications
- CPP on PPAedu
- Sample Test
- Flash Cards
- CPP Glossary
- Suggested Reading
- CPP Prep Class
- CPP Exam FAQ's
- CPP Study Guides for Purchase
Candidates and CPPs who are up for renewal have the option to take the exam in-person or online. Please read the information below to determine the best option for you!
Take the Exam In person: Register Here.
- You must register for the exam at least five business days prior to the date on which you wish to take the written examination. If you fail to register you will not be able to take the exam. Photo identification will be required upon arrival at the testing site.
- If there are no exams in your area or you are unable to attend one of the scheduled exams, you may reach out to a CPP Liaison to coordinate an exam for you.
- There is no fee associated with taking the exam in-person.
- Scores will be released via email approximately 2-3 weeks after the exam.
Take the Exam Online: Register Here
- The online exam is hosted by a live remote proctor via Proctor U. You will need to create an account on the Proctor U website to schedule an exam.
- Candidates can schedule to take the exam online in as soon as 72 hours (3 days).
- There is a $25 fee associated with taking the exam paid to Proctor U.
- A webcam is required to take the exam online. (note: the preferred web browser is Google Chrome)
- Please be sure to declare your candidacy prior to scheduling your CPP Exam. If you do not declare your candidacy BEFORE scheduling the exam, you may not have access to the online test.
- Scores will be released via email approximately 5-7 business days after the exam.
- Schedule an exam here: ProctorU
- Download our ProctorU Set-Up Guide
Read more online exam FAQ's here
The CPP Test Specifications are a great resource to use when preparing for your CPP Exam. The CPP Test Specs outline each of the topics covered on the exam, including the percentage of questions per topic.
If you know you are weak in a certain section, whether it's Lighting or Composition & Design, you can review the test specs to see how heavily weighted that section will be on the exam. To take it a step further, if you know you need further review on a specific subject, you can cross reference our Suggested Reading List to brush up on certain topics!
Need some additional help on topics covered on the CPP Exam? Watch these 10-15 minute videos to gain insight on the following topics, Aperture and F-Stops, Shutter Speeds, Exposure, Color Temperature, ISO & the Sunny 16 Rule, Meters and the Inverse Square Law.
A great way to prep for your big exam day is to take a practice test. Gauge your photographic knowledge and test taking abilities by using the resources below!
Test your photographic knowledge with our compiled list of words, terms and theories! Check our list of keywords for common topics on the exam, then use the glossary to define them! Remember, it's best to know more than just the definition of the keyword. Application and understanding is critical!
Please review the list below for Core Resources and additional Suggested Reading material for the CPP Exam. Download the list here!
1. London, Stone & Upton. Photography. 2010, 2013 (10th or 11th edition)
2. Long. Complete Digital Photography. 2011, 2014 (6th or 8th edition)
3. Hirsch. Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age. 2011
4. Zucker. Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook. 2007
5. Box. Doug Box's Guide to Posing for Portrait Photographers. 2009.
1. Agelus.The International Color Consortium. 2012
2. Excell. Composition: From Snapshots to Great Shots. 2011
3. Freeman. The Complete Guide to Digital Photography, 5th Edition. 2011
4. Hirschfeld, et al. The Hand Exposure Meter Book. 2001
5. Hunter. Light Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting. 2011
6. Kelby. The Digital Photography Book. 2011
7. Pegram. Posing Techniques for Photographing Modeling Portfolios. 2008
8. Smith. Lighting for Outdoor and Location Portrait Photography. 2007
9. Valenzuela. Picture Perfect Practice: A Self-training Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Taking Worldclass Photographs. 2012
Before you take the exam, why not take this 3-day intensive class, covering all the technical topics? You'll gain a better technical knowledge of photography, which probably means a more peaceful sleep before the exam!
Nervous about the Image Submission? We added a brand new optional fourth day of the prep class dedicated to the Image Submission. During this time you will review the criteria for submitting images, view sample images and get tips on how to build your image submission portfolio. You definitely do not want to miss this!
Candidates who would like a formal study guide to help them prepare for the CPP exam may choose to purchase a study guide created by an approved CPP Instructors.
The Road to Certification (PDF download) – Study Guide by Al Audleman, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, API
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for purchasing information
Preparing for PPA Certification – Study Guide by Steve Kozak, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Please visit passthecpp.com for purchasing information
The Certification Resources provided are not intended to directly reference content on the Certified Professional Photographer exam or image submission. The resources provided are a compilation of independent study materials brought together in a single forum designed to help you improve your photographic knowledge and skill.