Professional Photographers of America Adds ‘Certified Drone Photographer’ Designation

Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a nonprofit photography association touting 30,000 members in more than 50 countries, has made a “certified drone photographer” designation available for members.

Calling the certification a “declaration of professional competence and ability,” PPA says it also gives photographers an edge in advertising their services, as well as justifies the price of their services.

According to PPA, to be eligible for the program, photographers must have a PPA membership, a Federal Aviation Administration Section 333 exemption or Part 107 remote pilot certificate, proof of general liability insurance, an unmanned aircraft systems registration number, and a logbook summarizing 30 hours of flight time.

Upon meeting these requirements, members can apply for the program, which includes a $75 fee. After an application is processed, participants take their certified drone photographer exam, the final step in the certification process. The $25 exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, and participants must score 80% or higher. The certification is valid for two years, notes PPA.

“As the world’s largest nonprofit photography association, PPA’s mission is to create a vibrant community of successful professional photographers by providing education, resources and industry standards of excellence,” comments Julia Boyd, director of certification at PPA.


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