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What is certification by THE PHOTO ACADEMY?

Recognition of
previous learnings
Since so many of you asked for it, we made your wish come true. From now on, the training courses you attend are considered milestones leading to a certification. This includes the ones you have already attended.
A valued education
The acquisition of a certification will be an opportunity to showcase your new skills, notably thanks to a certified document bearing a blockchain seal (generated by our partner Smart Certificate). You can then share it on Linkedin, for example.
Each of the existing and upcoming certifications are designed with a specific photography skill in mind. Want to become proficient in urban or family portrait photography? Want to retouch your images efficiently? Our certifications will meet your expectation.

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What’s in it for you?

First of all, it makes it easier for you to track your own progress. Thus, making it easier for you to achieve your goals and focus on the photography topic or style you want to develop.

The most important aspect for us was to map as much as possible courses with one another to develop learning paths for your practice. In other words, to link the dots from the basics of camera settings to retouching with Lightroom. Choosing a learning paths helps you to identify the pack of courses that you need to follow.

Certifications are a way to validate your photography skills as soft skills on your personal resume. The Photo Academy ensures that you followed the courses within a given certification, gaining the required knowledge along the way. The certifications can be verified.

Our certification program will add technical expertise, and there are many options for specialized certifications to tailor to individual areas of interest.

Why did we develop a certification system?

Our thinking process started from an observation concerning certification and photography.

Is having a camera enough to be recognized as a photographer? What distinguishes a professional from an amateur photographer? Is it necessary to follow a photography school for several years to be professional? What about continuing education?

These are the questions that motivated us at THE PHOTO ACADEMY since the beginning of the project, as well as over the years after communicating with tens of thousands of yous.

There is a serious lack of an entity that validates photography skills. Far from wanting to replace photography schools, our ambition is to improve the system.

Like a TOEFL for learning English, we are not aware of any international institute that offers the equivalent in photography. THE PHOTO ACADEMY humbly proposes to start this work by awarding certificates following its courses.

THE PHOTO ACADEMY’s ambition is to propose the first international certification in photography. It is destined to develop into a more complete learning experience by diversifying the courses we offer, their duration, and their function.

Sounds interesting? Find out more about Certificates in our Help Center!

Certification FAQ

The certificate - just like the attestation - does not confer any academic grade, but it certifies the completion of training sessions organized by THE PHOTO ACADEMY. We guarantee that we have passed on a precise level of knowledge to the student during these training sessions.
  • A certification is awarded once a learning path has been completed, i.e. once all the knowledge that constitutes it has been transmitted to the learner.
  • A learning path is made up of several pedagogical stages, each of which is well defined around a knowledge base.
  • In short, all the stages of a learning path must be completed to obtain the corresponding certification.

  • See also: What is a credit?
THE PHOTO ACADEMY has implemented a credit system as the basis of its certification system. Each course will be able to award a certain number of credits on one or more learning paths.
Once enough credits are obtained, the learning path is validated.
There are many ways to complete a step on a learning path. A step is nothing more or less than a sum of knowledge, and it is possible that more than one course will provide you with all of this knowledge.
A course gives you a certain number of credits out of the number needed to complete a step. Therefore, you can choose the course - or courses - that will allow you to obtain all the credits necessary to complete a step.
The certification issued by THE PHOTO ACADEMY are forgery-proofed by using blockchain technology.
Once granted and displayed, the certification can be publicly verified.
Can courses taken in other photography institutions be recognized in order to obtain a THE PHOTO ACADEMY certification?
Contact us at [email protected], and tell us about your background - every case is different.
We have options for validating prior learning - e.g., an interview with an instructor - that will allow us to gauge each person's knowledge.