Benefits Overview / Certification / Certified Professional Photographer
Gina Gardner

I needed to do something to distinguish myself from the pack, so I got my CPP. PPA has brought me confidence knowing they are truly behind the photographers. ...Read More

I went to college, got my Associate of Arts degree in Photography, and stopped to raise my children. My twins are now off to college, and I was ready to get back in the business. But when I looked around, there were a million other photographers. I needed to do something to distinguish myself from the pack, so I got my CPP. I can't tell you how proud I am of that. I have a small and wonderful business that is in the black because of Benchmark and Anne Monteith's classes. I am priced right for my business, and I am one happy lady. PPA has brought me confidence knowing they are truly behind the photographers.

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Gina Gardner • PPA Member Since 2011

What is certification?

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? Review our CPP FAQ's.
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