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The CPP Standard

Established in 1977 by Professional Photographers of America the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) credential serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission. PPA and the Certification Committee follow standards for certification that 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 and the Certification Committee with support and information to maintain the certification process.

What is Certification

The certification of specialized skill-sets affirms a knowledge and experience base for practitioners in a particular field, their employers, and the public at large. Certification represents a declaration of a particular individual's professional competence. In some professions certification is a requirement for employment or practice. Doctors, mechanics, accountants, professional secretaries, surveyors and many others are all required to go through a certification process of some kind.

About The CPP Award

The Certified Professional Photographer Award is used to enhance Affiliate State or Regional Competition. This award recognizes the highest scoring Certified Professional Photographer print, album, or electronic submission.


Certified Professional Photographer Mission Statement:

To acknowledge and validate a consistent standard by which professional
photographers can achieve and maintain a recognizable mark of excellence.



Certification Contact:

Questions? Contact us at ppa.com. You can also follow the CPP page on Facebook and join the CPP community on theLoop.

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