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PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Program
In developing the PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Program, PPFA sought the expertise of industry leaders representing a wide range of educational backgrounds and proven talents in the picture framing industry. The objectives of the PPFA Certification program include:

- Raising the standards of the profession. 
- Encouraging self-assessment by offering guidelines for achievement. 
- Identifying individuals with acceptable knowledge of principles and practices of the profession. 
- Awarding recognition to those who have met the established criteria. 
- Improving education within the industry by encouraging participation in continuing education programs.

"The CPF means you have reached a level of professionalism recognized by your industry and your peers."

John Pruitt, CPF


Through the PPFA Certified Picture Framer (CPF) Program, you can test your knowledge in the five exam content areas: Preservation, General Knowledge, Mechanical, Math and Mounting…and earn the framer's mark of excellence, the CPF designation. More than 3,800 individuals worldwide have achieved CPF status since the program's inception in 1986.

Any picture framer who has a minimum of one year of hands-on experience in retail or wholesale picture framing may apply for certification. 

Interested candidates must register at least two weeks in advance of the test. Cost of the exam is $225 US ($290 CDN) for members, $325 US ($415 CDN) for nonmembers and $150 US ($195 CDN) for retakes. 

Click here for a complete list of current CPF framers

Preparation and Registration
Get prepared with this comprehensive study guide and registration form.  A list of  CPF Study Materials with order form is also available.

Scholarships Available
PPFA members may also apply for the L. Thomas McKeon, CPF Scholarshipawarded to five individuals each year. The scholarship includes a full set of CPF recommended study books and a sitting for the exam. Applications for the scholarship must be received no later than Sept. 1 to be considered for scholarships awarded for the following calendar year. The five scholarship winners will be named on or before Oct. 31 each year. Current PPFA members or employees of member businesses may apply.

"I am proud of the accomplishment of passing the CPF exam and am very pleased to say the addition to our advertising does make a difference. Just last week a new customer came in saying she came to us because of our ad saying we were certified and members of a professional national organization."

Suanne Derr, CPF

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