Become a Certified Professional Photographer in 2023!

Published: October 05, 2022

If there’s a single credential that’s universally understood by consumers as a professional stamp of approval, it’s certification. Certification exists across many industries and professions, and the public instinctively understands that certification connotes competence.

Here are just a handful of reasons why you might want to become a certified professional photographer (CPP):

  • To demonstrate your knowledge to consumers
  • Differentiate yourself from competitors
  • Gain professional credibility 
  • Increase your earning potential
  • Demonstrate commitment to your profession
  • Build self-confidence in your skills
  • Invest in your professional development

At Imaging USA, we offer multiple options for photographers who are serious about becoming certified. Attending a CPP Pre-con class is a great way to prepare for the exam while connecting with fellow photographers in the process. 


Attend a Pre-Con Class – Be CPP Prepared!


CPP Prep Class

Thursday, January 19 – Saturday, January 21
With Cris Duncan or Steve Kozak
Planning to take the Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) exam? Before you do, why not take this intensive class covering all the technical topics on the exam? You'll gain a better technical knowledge of photography, which probably means a more peaceful sleep before the exam!

This Certification Prep Class isn't for the faint of heart– it's an in-depth study of the technical side of photography that’s almost the equivalent of a college semester! You may work hard and study hard in this course, but you'll also walk away a more polished, knowledgeable, confident professional. You can even choose to take the CPP exam after the class while the information is fresh in your mind!


Certification Technical Image Evaluation Prep – AM/PM

Friday, January 20
With Jamie Hayes
This half-day pre-convention class will take an in-depth look at the process of creating and understanding the Technical Image Evaluation. It will cover the criteria and guidelines for submitting your evaluation, you'll learn how to analyze the evaluation checklist, and understand the criteria each image needs to meet and so much more.

You’ve Studied Hard – Time to Pass the Exam!


CPP Exam 

Offered daily, Sunday, January 22 - Tuesday, January 24
1-3pm CST

Kick Back With Your Tribe

We also offer a Certified Photographer Lounge, available exclusively to certified professional photographers. Network, kick back, and catch a break from the rest of the conference!


Certification Lounge 

January 22-24  
7:30am-5pm CST on Sunday & Monday
7:30am-3pm CST on Tuesday
Opry | Delta Lobby B, C, D, Level 2


Take the next step in your career and commit to a CPP pre-con class. A large selection of full-day, half-day, and multi-day classes are available. Pre-cons typically sell out well in advance, so early registration is advised. Visit the Schedule page and filter by session type to find a pre-con that’s right for you. We can't wait to see you in January! Don't forget to register for your all-access pass now through December 1 to take advantage of early-bird pricing.