How to Earn Your CPP

Congratulations on making the decision to become a Certified Professional Photographer! In no time at all, you’ll be on your way to letting the world - and most importantly your clients - know that you’re among the best in the field!

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

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 images!

Once you pass your exam you are eligible to submit your portfolio during any image submission period (they take place 5 times a year). If you don't pass the image submission portion of the process after three attempts, you'll be required to apply for re-candidacy at a reduced cost of $100 to earn your certification. To learn more about re-candidacy please email us at

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

Explore the Image Submission Overview