Full-On Photography Certification Class to be hosted by Professional Photographers of America

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Course aims to help photographers earn coveted professional designation

Going through the process to become a CPP was probably the best thing I've done for myself in years!

Tests are hard—especially when they’re really important. And for photographers, it doesn’t get any bigger than the certification exam.

A photographer earning the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation is akin to an accountant becoming a CPA. It is recognized as a badge of excellence throughout the industry and credibly helps the general public tell professional photographers apart from the amateurs.

However, passing the test is no simple task. That’s why Professional Photographers of America (PPA), the world’s largest association for professional photographers, will host a Certification Preparation Class from July 15 to 17 at their headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

The three-day intensive class isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s an in-depth study of the technical side of photography that covers all aspects of the exam. Taught by top industry professionals, PPA’s certification prep class will give photographers the education they need to help pass the certification exam and also learn additional aspects of the photography business.

PPA member, Heather McKay, CPP, spoke to how the certification program helped her career.

“Going through the process to become a CPP was probably the best thing I've done for myself in years!” said McKay. “The fellow photographers that I studied with and I have improved our work drastically. It was incredibly beneficial even for a seasoned professional like myself.”

Attendees will walk away more knowledgeable, polished and confident about their upcoming exam. And if confidence is really soaring, there is the option to take the exam directly after the class while everything is fresh in mind.

Attached to the hands-on three-day class is an optional fourth day dedicated to the next aspect of the CPP program—the Image Submission. After demonstrating their photography knowledge by passing the exam, photographers must then submit a series of images to display their skill. This day will review the criteria for submitting images and provide tips on how to build an image submission portfolio and how the overall body of work will be graded.

To learn more about the Certified Professional Photographer program, visit certifiedphotographer.com. For more information on the CPP prep class, including pricing and hotel information, go to ppa.com/cpp-prep.

About PPA: Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international non-profit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA has roots back to 1869. It has never stopped growing and looking for new ways to assist its now 25,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success in the industry. See why photographers love PPA at http://www.ppa.com.

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