Explore the Certified Professional Photographer program.
Initially, I became a PPA member to pursue my certification. Why I continue, is so much more. PPA is always there to have my back when something goes wrong, but above all, I have met so many awesome people through the many avenues PPA has to offer. ...Read More
Initially, I became a PPA member to pursue my certification. Why I continue, is so much more. PPA is always there to have my back when something goes wrong, but above all, I have met so many awesome people through the many avenues PPA has to offer...I am passionate about the certification program and am a certification liaison for Michigan (a position I have held for several years now). I also teach a mini-certification prep class for Super One Day, and am also working on another class (the details to be forthcoming soon). As I teach these classes, I am pursuing my craftsman degree thru PPA as well.Hide Angela Lawson • PPA Member Since 2004
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.