"What is a PPA Certified Professional Photographer? PPA Certified is a designation granted by Professional Photographers of America, the world's leading certification agency of, and largest Association for; imaging professionals.
Those who have earned PPA Certification have passed a comprehensive written examination measuring their technical expertise and have successfully submitted their work to a panel of judges for review and approval.
Every three years, a Certified photographer must renew his or her credentials by participating in continuing education programs and periodically submitting work for critical evaluation. This helps assure you that Certified photographers maintain their level of expertise and continue to develop new skills and techniques.
Less than 3% of all imaging professionals have successfully completed and maintained PPA Certification requirements. " -- Professional Photographers of America