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Sep 21, 2017
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California Center for Digital Arts
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Certified Professional Photographer

Certified Professional Photographer/Photography Certification Course
Ready to take the next step and become a Certified Professional Photographer? At the California Center for Digital Arts in Orange County we are now offering this prep course and the PPA exam to become a Certified Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of America.

What is Certification?

Certification, conferred through PPA, serves to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written examination and photographic image submission.

Why become a Certified Professional Photographer?

Some background: 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 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 and the Certification Committee with support and information to maintain the certification process. And now, here are a few reasons to become a certified photographer Orange County:



Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) is a professional accreditation unlike any other.  Not only is this quite a milestone personally, but the perfect illustration of your commitment to excellence.

A big part of your resume

You don’t want to miss this opportunity to separate yourself from the rest of the crowd. It is your silent salesman. The degree of prominence you can’t say aloud about yourself. But, can say quietly in all of your marketing efforts.


While consumers may not know a lot about professional photography, they DO know that certification should ensure professional-quality goods and services.

Consumers understand and value credentials. Earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation shows them that you have a strong understanding and that you take your profession seriously.


When you hire a CPP, you know you’re getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you’ll tell time and time again and treasure forever.


What does it take? 

Below are the steps required to become a Certified Professional Photographer. They are designed to help you polish your technical and artistic skills.

  1. Enroll in the Certified Professional Photographers Preparation class
  2. Pass a comprehensive written exam measuring your technical expertise
  3. Successfully submit your work to a panel of judges for review & approval
  4. Renewing credentials every 3 years with continuing education units or retaking the CP test.

Certification (written exam) also gives you a competitive edge in the market. After all, you will be one of approximately 2,000 professional photographers around the world who have attained certification. That’s certainly something to help leverage your self above the rest of the crowd.


Course Description

This is an intermediate/advanced course intended to integrate and clarify all your photographic knowledge.  By the end of this course you will be better prepared to pass the certification exam from PPA.  An official test from PPA will be administered on the last day of the course.

* Other Costs:

  • If you are not already a PPA member, you will need to join and pay the membership dues to PPA:  PPA Membership after the course begins. (Approx. $28/month)
  • There will also be a $200 exam fee payable to PPA during the course.
  • These additional fees will be explained on the first day of class

Included in your PPA membership are many benefits such as:

Insurance & Protection
Perks, Savings & Member discounts
Professional Development
Medical & Dental Insurance
Indemnification Trust
Professional Photographer Magazine
and much more

There’s no greater proof than when the letters “CPP” follow a photographer’s name. They designate a Certified Professional Photographer, someone who is putting in the extra work to stay above the rest. It assures you of this photographer’s professional knowledge and experience.


Materials Needed

Bring something to take notes on, and a snack or drink.


Intermediate to Advanced


Tim Meyer (MFA, M.Photog.Cr.)


Our Certified Photographer Orange County course is conveniently located at our photography school in the Santa Ana Artist Village.