How to Earn Your CPP

Congratulations on making the decision to become a Certified Professional Photographer! This is an important step in your photography career and business as you continue to build your knowledge and technical skill.

Earning your CPP is a three-part process, with each step having its own set of requirements. These steps include:

This is the first – and easiest – step on the road to becoming a CPP. You'll need to fill out our candidacy application form as well as pay a $200 application fee. Once you do that, you'll have two years to complete your certification.


CPP Process FAQs

CPP Candidate Handbook

There are several resources at your fingertips that will help you prepare for the exam! From PPAedu videos to suggested reading, we provide a wide variety of resources to help you successfully test for your certification!

Have questions? Contact us via email and in the meantime, start exploring ALL the materials PPA provides to help prepare for the CPP exam. Here you'll find:

  • CPP Test specifications & suggested reading materials
  • CPP Prep Tutorials on PPAedu
  • CPP Sample tests to help you practice
  • Flash cards & a CPP glossary
  • CPP study guide
  • Lots of video resources


Find Your CPP Liaison

You've declared your candidacy and you've studied as much as you can. Now it's exam time and exams are offered both in-person and online so you can choose an option that works best for you! There are lots of exam resources for you to prepare, so consider bookmarking this CPP Exam Resources page.

You've declared your candidacy. You've aced the exam. Your goal of becoming a CPP is in sight. Now, all that's left to do is submit your evaluation!

Once you pass your exam you are eligible to submit your technical image evaluation during any evaluation period (they take place 5 times a year). If you don't pass the first time that’s ok! You can submit your evaluation as many times as needed during your candidacy period. If your candidacy expires before you successfully complete your evaluation you can apply for re-candidacy at a reduced cost of $100. To learn more about re-candidacy please email us at

To learn more about this process, check out our Technical Image Evaluation Overview Page.

Explore the Technical Image Evaluation