What is a Certified Professional Photographer?

I don’t know about you, but when I am hiring someone to do a job, it’s always nice to know if that person is a professional in their field. Whether it’s going to the doctor in search of a diagnosis or seeking legal advice from an attorney, you want to make sure these people have the proper credentials. Why should it be any different when looking for a photographer? Are you not entrusting this person to capture priceless memories? Moments in your life that may be experienced only once.

As many of you know, from past posts, I have been going through the process of certification. I even have a separate page for notes pertaining to the certification test (I will be updating those notes soon). I thought I would use today’s post to outline the process and what it all means.

Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has summed it up quite well.

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Certification program is recognized throughout the industry as a mark of excellence. When you see a photographer displaying the Certified Professional Photographer seal, you can be assured that he or she is among the less than 8% of all imaging professionals who have successfully completed and maintained our requirements.

What does “Certified Professional Photographer” mean?
Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a designation granted by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission, the world’s leading certification agency for imaging professionals.

To assure you of the photographer’s level of expertise and continuance to develop new skills and techniques, those who have earned the CPP designation:

  • Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring their technical expertise
  • Successfully submit their work to a panel of judges for review and approval
  • Renew credentials every 5 years with continuing education, submitting work for critical evaluation, or retaking the certification exam

I can vouch that it is not an easy process and it is something to take very seriously. Just being able to take a “good” picture will not achieve certification. However, if the process was easy, then anyone could do it.

So, if I had to sum up in one word the answer to the question, “What is a Certified Professional Photographer?”, that would be, ME!

Sharon Gaietto CPP

2 thoughts on “What is a Certified Professional Photographer?

  1. Jaime September 13, 2012 / 8:01 pm

    HOOOOOOORAY! Congratulations! I knew you would do it! You were born to be certified!

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