What is a Certification Liaison?
Certification Liaisons know the certification program inside and out. The liaison acts as a spokesperson for certification, assisting candidates and existing certified photographers as an expert and source of information. Liaisons must maintain their certification and PPA Membership and are entrusted with responsibilities to the committee to maintain the integrity of the program.
What are the benefits to being a Certification Liaison?
Certification Liaisons promote certification and administer the certification program under the credentialing standards set by the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA). In return, Certification Liaisons are recognized publicly as liaisons and receive service merits if they are active members of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).
*Please note that this is a requirement for all liaisons. No service merits will be granted (when applicable) for volunteering if the liaison does not schedule at least one Certification Exam each year.
If you checked yes to both, then email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a liaison application. Applications will be reviewed by PPA and those selected will be contacted for training. If you are selected and cannot fulfill your duties, or wish to resign from your volunteer position within the year, you must contact PPA. You cannot transfer your liaison role to another person.
Can there be more than one Certification Liaison in each state?
Of course! PPA recognizes that many states need more than one Certification Liaison to assist candidates and existing certified photographers with the certification program. Even if there may be more than one liaison in your state, PPA encourages all qualified certified photographers to apply for a Certification Liaison position to help promote the program to photographers and consumers. Those states with more than one liaison will have a Certification Liaison team leader to help with administrative issues if necessary.
Where can I offer proctored certification exams?
Certification exams may be offered at any event where interested certification candidates wish to take the exam. This includes regional, state, and local PPA affiliate events and non-PPA events. You (the Certification Liaison) are responsible for ensuring that there is space available to proctor the exam in a quiet, enclosed setting for at least two hours. You can also proctor the exam to candidates outside of photographic events, including at a studio, following the proctoring guidelines set out by the PPCC. All exams must be published on the CPP Exam Registration page to allow candidates to choose the exam most convenient to them.
How do I schedule a proctored certification exam?
To schedule an exam, fill out the "request to proctor an exam" form. Once the form is submitted, the exam date will be placed on the website and candidates will be offered the opportunity to register.
How do I proctor a certification exam?
Once you submit a date to proctor a certification exam, you are required to be present at the scheduled time and place regardless of the number of registered candidates. A few days before the scheduled exam, a packet will be shipped to you. The packet will include sealed exams (only for registered candidates) and a pre-paid return shipping envelope. Instructions for the administration of the actual exam are included in the packet.
After proctoring the exam, return all exams (used and unopened). All candidates will be notified of their results by certification staff via email.
How can I request certification information for distribution?
Simply email email@example.com and we'll send you any information you need!
Who do I contact for questions regarding Certification?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and a certification representative will contact you.