Professional Photography Certification

Become a Certified Professional Photographer

Certification helps to show potential clients the value in hiring a true professional. Consumers might not know much professional photography, but they understand that certification means professional-quality goods and services. Anyone can buy a camera and take some pictures, but a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) designation shows clients that you are a true professional in your field.

Why PPA Photography Certification?

Clients in every industry seek out credentialed professionals, as the public recognizes certification as a sign that one is an authority in the field. A CPP designation offers potential clients an assurance, not just of quality, but of technical skill and artistic expertise.

Professional Photographers of America
Certified Professional Photographer

Advertising Edge

Trust is key in any relationship, right? Potential clients want a photographer they can count on, and certification gives them that extra level of confidence. With hundreds, sometimes thousands of photographers advertising in the same market, it's not always an easy task to get them through your studio doors. But advertising as a CPP is one way to distinguish yourself from the masses. Certification gives clients a concrete business reason to put you on their short list.

Pricing Justification

The digital era has made it much easier for inexperienced part-time and fly-by-night photographers to throw their hat into the ring, undercutting professionals with rock bottom prices. Becoming certified as a photographer is an easy way to help consumers understand and appreciate your level of experience and talent.


You can't just declare yourself certified. Certification is granted by Professional Photographers of America, the world's largest non-profit association organized for professional photographers, and that speaks volumes to potential clients about your skill. When potential clients become aware that Certified Photographers must recertify every three years, they understand that education, training, and the latest industry techniques and skills are important to you and your images.

When you take NYIP’s Professional Photography Course you can sign up to become certified by PPA, and save $50 on your certification.