We modeled these badges after the designations used in snow skiing where green represents “beginner”, blue represents “intermediate” and black represents “expert”.
Success Badges identify the content of our courses, programs, and workshops to indicate it will address the objectives for that badge. While we do not expect our speakers and instructors to cover all aspects of any given badge, we assign a badge to a program that we feel like addresses a high degree of material for that badge.
The Pathways to Success program is completely self-guided and currently self-assessed when it comes to earning any particular badge. You will decide when you have earned it. We encourage you to be as honest as possible with your evaluation of your knowledge and skills set as it pertains to each badge. As this program expands, we will be adding self-evaluation tools and providing access to TPPA members who can serve as mentors to provide you with important feedback.
If you are an experienced photographer, we encourage you to look through the entire list of success badges and see which badges you can already claim. After looking through the list, make a list of badges that you might have missed. For example, you may have been in business of a number of years, but if you are not proficient with your portable flash, make a point to work on those skills to claim that badge.
If you are new to photography or have never had any real training or you are looking into starting a career as a professional photographer, we encourage you to start your journey with the First Steps.