The Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Exam offered by the Professional Photographic Certification Commission (PPCC) certifies individuals as a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP).
Anyone who believes they have the skills to become certified can take the exam.
The certification from PPCC is valid for a period of three years, at which time candidates will need to retake the exam.
The CPP Exam is a two part exam. The first part is a basic multiple choice examination administered through computer based testing centers in the US. The candidate can take during a two year time frame after application acceptance.
The second part of the CPP Exam takes into account actual photographic work from the past two years. A candidate must submit the photo reviews in order to complete the certification process. Images are judged as a body of work, not individually. The content of the photos can be of the same subject, even if they were taken at varying times. Only for hire photographs will be considered, i.e. a wedding party celebration, ceremony, and portrait work. The photos should display in correct proportions the work the photographer offers the public, like mostly portrait work if that’s the area the candidate specializes in.
The photographs should be submitted with the largest side being no more than 650 pixels or 9.028 inches and should have a resolution of 72 dpi. All submitted images must NOT have the studio name embedded on them in any way. The photos will be uploaded to a server that PPCC provides. After submission a panel of judges will view and grade the images a body of work.