Becoming a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a challenging and rewarding process. This is a certification given by Professional Photographers of America to those who demonstrate extensive knowledge and skill with the art of photography. Photographers who are new to the field, as well as those with many years of experience, strive to become a CPP.

After many hours of practice and study, photographers will come out of the certification experience with expansive knowledge and an improved set of skills. Customers will be able to see and understand how seriously a photographer takes their training.

It takes time and effort to receive a CPP. Last year only 13 photographers throughout the entire state of Oregon received a CPP. Currently, only three photographers in Lane County hold this certification.

We are proud to say that LifeSlice photography is the only CPP in Lane Country that does family portraits as well as weddings.

The Certified Professional Photographer Process

In order to become a Certified Professional Photographer, you must go through two phases. In the first phase, a photographer must declare their candidacy and then pass a rigorous written exam. This examination tests the applicant’s understanding of the properties of light, the effects of different lenses, filters, camera types, and much more. This is also the area of the procedure where the applicant’s knowledge of the history of photography is evaluated. 

The second portion of the certification process is designed to test the photographer’s skill and knowledge of their craft. The photographer is asked to submit their images which are then critically inspected by professionals. This portion of the certification can be especially time-consuming. It took me a full week of work hours and two rounds to pass this part.

When a photographer earns a CPP certificate, the work doesn’t stop. A photographer must recertify every three years, which is done by accumulating merits through continued education and image competitions. 

Benefits of becoming a Certified Professional Photographer

The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) program is well respected in the industry. It speaks to a photographer’s experience and knowledge, as well as their passion to improve their technique and skill set. Obtaining a CPP is a proud declaration of professional competence and effort. It is a great way to demonstrate your skill as a photographer to your current and potential clients. When working with someone who is a Certified Professional Photographer, clients should feel confident in their photographer’s ability to provide them with exceptional photos.

Next Steps

Currently, Mike is working towards earning his Masters of Photography from the PPA. This next step is achieved by earning credits from competitions. In his efforts to earn this certification, he looks forward to growing his knowledge and ability in all aspects of photography.