Why become a Certified Professional Photographer? 

“Certification” is a form of credentialing that you can find throughout different professions. You may have heard of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Board Certified Doctor, or a Certified Electrician. Just like those professions have their “Certification Program,” professional photography does too. 

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) established the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program in 1977. PPA follows standards for certification which are established by the national Institute of Credentialing Excellence (ICE). ICE sets the guidelines for creating the written certification exam and makes sure the questions are relevant to professional photography today. ICE also provides PPA with support and information to maintain the certification process. 

The “CPP” credential serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission. To answer the question, “Why become certified?,” the answer is simple. Being “Certified” lets your clients and potential clients know that you truly know photography and it will separate you from all of the other photographers who are available on the market. Through the certification process, you will learn many things that you may not have known about photography, and being “Certified” will also give you confidence in working as a photographer, as well as justification when it comes to your pricing. The better question to ask is: “Why aren’t you certified?” 

In this course, Dr. Quintanilla will teach you everything you need to know about becoming a CPP and prepare you to take the written examination. He will teach you everything about photography in regards to the exam, and if you choose to, you will take the official written examination at the end of the class. If you want to become a CPP, this course is for you.