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What is a Certified Professional Photographer?

Top Rochester area wedding photographer Heather McKay

Are you looking to hire a professional photographer? Want to know what the difference is between a hobbyist or a Certified Professional Photographer? Not only why we charge more, but also how to find one? I’m here to help.

What goes into becoming a certified professional photographer?

There is a written exam covering all sorts of topics related to the craft of photography as well as an image review of current client work.

What is the CPP standard?

This program wasn’t created out of thin air! PPA and the Certification Committee follow 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 Professional Photographers of America and the Certification Committee with support and information to maintain the certification process.

The Certification Committee meets on a regular basis to review the program. The process is ALWAYS current and it ALWAYS reflects the new advances in our profession of photography. CPPs have to re-certify every 5 years.

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.

Click here to find a CPP in your area today.