What is an Accredited Professional Photographer?
An Accredited Professional Photographer is a professional photographer who met the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) accreditation standards, certified by the Federal Government’s Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
An AIPP Licentiate is a person who has a formal attestation of over 15 years professional competence, borne from experience to not only practice a profession but also to teach, educate and mentor others in the profession.
Accreditation is designed to give you confidence that your professional photographer is a proven, experienced, technically capable, professional practitioner who complies with all legal business requirements, has appropriate insurance and who is willing to agree to the mandatory “Code of Professional Practice” and to the requirement to continually improve their photographic skills by committing to continue their professional development.
To become accredited, a professional photographer has to:
- Demonstrate that they have been practicing for a minimum of 2 years
- Demonstrate that they have satisfied clients and suppliers by providing written references
- Demonstrate that they comply with all legal, ethical and moral business requirements to practice as a professional in Australia
- Demonstrate that their photographic skills are of a “Professional Standard”
- Have a portfolio of their work, assessed by experienced, professional assessors
- Achieve the required portfolio assessment standard
- Agree to continuing professional development and maintain up to date skills and business practices
The AIPP ensured that the standard for accreditation was appropriate for the profession of photography.