PPA Membership Benefits / Professional Photography & Drone Certifications / Become a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP)
Angela Lawson

Initially, I became a PPA member to pursue my certification. Why I continue, is so much more. PPA is always there to have my back when something goes wrong, but above all, I have met so many awesome people through the many avenues PPA has to offer. ...Read More

Initially, I became a PPA member to pursue my certification. Why I continue, is so much more. PPA is always there to have my back when something goes wrong, but above all, I have met so many awesome people through the many avenues PPA has to offer...I am passionate about the certification program and am a certification liaison for Michigan (a position I have held for several years now). I also teach a mini-certification prep class for Super One Day, and am also working on another class (the details to be forthcoming soon). As I teach these classes, I am pursuing my craftsman degree thru PPA as well.

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Angela Lawson • PPA Member Since 2004

What is a Certified Professional Photographer

Every industry has its benchmark. The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation is ours. No matter your specialty, the CPP is a fundamental step in mastering your craft. Whether you’re just getting started or have years of experience under your belt, you’ll come out of the certification experience with the knowledge you need to succeed as a photographer in this competitive business.


Why should you get certified?

Since 1977 our CPP program has empowered photographers to be knowledgeable, successful, and technically-equipped. We’ve heard countless stories of how the CPP has given members a leg up on the competition by inspiring confidence, justifying pricing, and conveying competence. How will it impact you?

Have more questions? Download the CPP Candidate Handbook and review our CPP FAQ's.

The Certification Process:

How to Prepare for the CPP Exam

Certified Professional Photographer candidates have access to various resources to help them prepare for their CPP exam and technical image evaluation. There are even CPP Liaisons in each state who can help photographers progress through the certification process.

Use these online photography certification resources to help you get ready:

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