Credentials / Certification / Step 3: Image Evaluation Overview

After you've passed your exam it's time to submit your Technical Image Evaluation. Use this page to help navigate the Technical Image Evaluation process and get your images ready!


What resources are available to help prepare for your image evaluation?

After you have passed the CPP exam, you will be eligible to submit your image evaluation. There are five evaluation periods per year, each opened for two weeks at a time.

In this process, you will be required to create 3 assigned images using a CPP Image Kit ordered from BlickU. Using the 5 items in the kit and the evaluation setup guidelines you will choose from one of three offered lighting scenarios to create the images assigned. These set ups will demonstrate your understanding of key photographic concepts including; depth of field, camera angle, exposure, lens compression, white balance, light sources and file handling criteria. All images will be evaluated on pre-set elements including; cropping, focus, sharpness, lighting, camera angle and white balance. A successful evaluation will satisfy all elements for all three images. You will be able to submit your evaluation as many times as needed during your candidacy period.

Your Technical Image Evaluation kit will be ordered online from BlickU. Please use the Ordering Guide to help you through the process.

Please allow between 5-10 business days for kit delivery. Each kit costs approximately $35 shipping included.

Each Image Evaluation will demonstrate three images. Please use the Technical Image Evaluation Guide, sample images, and Equipment List to set up your evaluation. All images will then be evaluated against the Image Evaluation Checklist to ensure all criteria are met within each image. 

Your Technical Image Evaluation will be comprised of THREE (3) images that have been taken from one of the listed lighting scenarios.



All images submitted must be self-directed and not set up in a workshop environment or under the direct supervision of an instructor.

All images must be photographed and uploaded in the smallest RAW format your camera allows.

Here is the evaluation criteria checklist which your three required images will be evaluated by. Each image must satisfy all the criteria listed and ALL THREE images must pass for your evaluation to pass. If one or more of your images does not pass you will only need to resubmit the failed image(s) in another evaluation period. If choosing the electronic flash scenario, we recommend setting your white balance to 5500K to ensure your white balance meets the requirement and is in range.

Make sure you follow the checklist so your evaluation is successful!


  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET – Wednesday, February 21, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET – Wednesday, April 17, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET
  • Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET – Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET – Wednesday, August 21, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET – Wednesday, October 16, 2024, 12pm (noon) ET

If you have passed your exam and are an eligible candidate to submit your evaluation; you can access the evaluation upload platform by:

  1. Log on to your MyPPA dashboard  
  2. Navigate to the myAchievements tab 
  3. Select "Certifications" to expand the selection where you can view the option to “Upload Evaluation”

From there you may upload your evaluation during any open evaluation period (please note: the upload evaluation button will only be visible during the two-week period the evaluation is open)

Technical Image Evaluation results will be sent via email approximately three (3) weeks after the Technical Image Evaluation deadline. For questions or if you need additional assistance please email [email protected]. Good luck!