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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.Hide Gina Gardner • PPA Member Since 2011
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.
Our CPP program empowers photographers to be knowledgeable, successful, and technically-equipped. While our members pursue certification for a variety of personal and professional reasons, we’ve uncovered a common theme: it helps you sell yourself. 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?
A CPP Liaison is a subject-matter expert who has committed to helping CPP candidates like you during their journey. They're someone you can reach out to when you need something clarified, some guidance or just someone to offer perspective. In short, they're there to help you succeed! Find out who the CPP Liaison is in your region.
Your certification journey starts by completing the CPP Candidacy form and submitting a $200 application fee.
We offer in-person and online exam options, as well as extensive resources to help you prepare.
You've aced the exam – the finish line is in sight! Submit your images for technical evaluation as the last step in the certification process.