The US Professional Photographers of America (PPA), a nonprofit photography association touting 30,000 members in more than 50 countries, has launched a “Certified Drone Photographer” programme for members.
This unique program ensures that you are not only legal to fly drones, but also equipped with the education to take the best pictures using drones. Before you jump in, there are just a few things you need to know.
To be eligible for the program, you must meet certain requirements:
- PPA membership
- An FAA Section 333 Certificate OR Remote Pilot Certificate (Part 107)
- Proof of General Liability Insurance
- UAS Registration Number
- Logbook summarizing 30 hours of Flight Time
If you meet these requirements, you can apply for the program, which includes a $75 fee. After your application is successfully processed, you will be able to schedule your Certified Drone Photographer exam, the final step in your certification. The exam consists of 60 multiple-choice questions, costs $25, and you must score an 80% or higher to receive your certification.
The Certification is valid for two years, after which time you will need to re-certify. Recertification can be completed by uploading your new FAA score or updated remote-pilot certificate.
Source: Press Release