CPP Exam: Overview & Resources

You’ve declared your candidacy and have decided to become a Certified Professional Photographer. Now it’s time to get ready to take your exam.

So, where to start?

Lots of photographers on the certification journey ask that very same question. To help, you’ll find below some handy resources to guide you through the CPP process!

How to Register for the CPP Exam

When taking your CPP exam, you’ll have the option to test in person or online. Pick the option that’s right for you, but understand that the testing process is a little different for each.

For those interested in taking a group/class-setting test, here are the steps for testing in person:

  • Register for your exam here

  • Applicants must register at least five days prior to the exam date

  • If there are no exams in your area, or if you can’t attend a scheduled exam, reach out to a CPP Liaison who can coordinate an exam for you

  • Your scores will be sent via email within 1-2 weeks after your exam date

For more flexibility, you can also take the CPP Test Online. Here are the steps for testing in person:

  • The online exam is hosted by a live remote proctor via Proctor U. Create a ProctorU account to schedule your 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 will not have access to the online test.

  • Scores will be released via email approximately 5-7 business days after the exam.

  • Download our ProctorU Set-Up Guide

What Resources Are There to Prepare for the CPP exam?

Test Specifications

You know the old saying– knowing is half the battle. That’s where the CPP Test Specifications come in. This resource is an outline of each topic covered on the exam. It also provides a percentage of questions per topic.

That means you can get a solid idea of what subjects you really need to brush up on.

2018 Test Specifications

Suggested Reading

If you want an even bigger edge, cross-reference the information you glean from the CPP Test Specifications with our Suggested Reading List to prepare for the Certification!

You already know that PPAedu is an amazing educational resource. So, of course, you can use it to prepare for your CPP Exam!

In preparation for your test, be sure to watch:

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice! And the same holds true for acing your CPP exam!

Put what you’ve studied to the test before the test itself with resources like:

Flash Cards

Flash cards are a tried-and-true method for self-drilling. That’s why we provide some for you to use during your test prep!You will find six different study modes so you can use what works best for you! Check them out here!


As with any test, the CPP Exam has a lot of terms and phrases to be knowledgeable of. Not only will you find a list of keywords for exam topics, but you'll also get a glossary to define them as well. And remember, understanding is more than just knowing a definition. It' about knowing how to apply the knowledge in different situations! So make sure you know how to apply the concepts you learn, rain or shine. It's truly helpful!

You’ve watched the webinars, memorized the glossary and taken the sample tests. But maybe you feel like you could use a little more. If that’s the case, you might consider using a study guide. Available for purchase, these guides are designed by an approved CPP instructor.

Available study guides include:

Don't just take it from us, watch some current CPPs chat about the importance of certification and why they chose to get certified!

And more videos and resources will continually be added JUST for you CPPs!


CPP Prep Class:
An intensive workshop to get you ready!

The CPP Prep Class is a comprehensive class designed to get you ready to ace your CPP Exam! It covers a wide-range of technical topics that not only prepare you for the exam but help make you a stronger photographer, too.