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Welcome VPPA Members!

Do I need to be a PPA member?

All CPPs and CPP Candidates are required to be PPA members. Remember there is no annual charge for Certification for PPA members. For more information about PPA Membership click here!

How much does the CPP cost?

    • Declaring your Candidacy is the first step on your CPP journey. The candidacy application fee is $200. 
    • There is no fee to take the exam in person, but there is a $25 fee to take it online.
    • Three rounds of image submissions are included with the above mentioned application fee. But should you require more, there is a $100 fee to get up to three additional rounds of submission chances.
    • To renew your certification (every three years) there is a $100 fee, UNLESS you attend Imaging USA three years in a row, then recertifying is free.

Steps to become certified the first time:

    1. Declare your candidacy. To do this, simply fill out the candidacy form. In this step, you will also need to pay the application fee of $200 . Please note that your candidacy won't be officially declared until your payment is processed. Once confirmed, your candidacy will be valid for two years. Sign up using this form!
    2. Prepare for the exam. There are many resources provided to help you prepare for your CPP exam. Take advantage of all these by visiting the CPP Exam Resources section of PPA's website. We suggest first downloading the CPP Test Specifications so you know what the exam covers. Then you can test your knowledge with the CPP Keywords, browse the suggested reading material, review the CPP Flashcards and take a Sample CPP Exam. You can also sign up for a CPP Prep Class which will definitely boost your confidence on the big day!
    3. Take the exam. Once you feel confident you are ready to take the exam simply go online and register for an exam in your area or online.
    4. The Image Submission follows the exam. You will receive a set of instructions to follow in order to submit your images. You can submit your images for review up to three times without incurring any extra charges. Should you not pass the image submission within the first three tryout rounds, you'll simply have to reapply for candidacy, with a reduced cost of $100 to reapply, earning you three more rounds of image submissions and an additional year to do so.
    5. Celebrate. Once you get your certification, give yourself a break and celebrate! You'll deserve it.

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