The Purpose of this Study Guide

The information in The Road to Certification covers the material as outlined in the Professional Photographers of America ((PPA) Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) Test Specifications released in January 2015 on the official certification website. This study guide is meant to supplement the primary text book Photography (London, Stone and Upton) which is a heavy, college-level textbook.  This study guide was written in a much lighter tone and provides some personal insight into the professional photography world from the standpoint of the author with more than 50 years of professional photography experience.

For those more experienced candidates who believe they are prepared for the exam based on their skills and experience but want to see how they might fare in a real exam, the Practice Exam contained in the study guide is available as a separate purchase.

Candidates that purchase the complete study guide are eligible to receive updated versions at no additional charge with proof of purchase.  Those that purchase only the Practice Exam are not eligible for updates.

Al Audleman -- Author & Instructor

“Thank you so much for creating your CPP Exam Study Guide, The Road to Certification. This guide is invaluable in guiding the candidate through the maze of technical questions and challenges. Sections are well written to explain complex topics and answer them clearly. This is the resource I wish I had when I studied for the Exam the first time.”

Dan Ferguson — M.Photog., Cr., CPP, CPP Liaison, F-DPPA, AF-TPPA, AF-SWPPA, ASP Member, PPA Juror in Training, PPA Super 1 Day Instructor 

I want to say that with all the study material out there, Al has the most up-to-date and comprehensive study guide.  Using his study guide I have mentored over 500+ CPP candidates.  Using his study guide, almost all of the candidates pass the  exam the first time.  A must have in your library if you want to get to the next level.”

Dave Goldman, CPP, Photographic Craftsman, NC CPP State Liaison, CPP Judge