Accreditations & Qualifications for Photographers

Are you captivated by the power of photography to tell stories, freeze moments in time, and reveal the beauty in the mundane? Welcome to the pulsating world of professional photography. As New Zealand’s photographic industry advances, photographers must arm themselves with not only a keen eye but also formal qualifications from esteemed bodies, coupled with practical experience, to carve out a successful career in this competitive field.

What Qualifications Do I Need To Be A Photographer?

Becoming a photographer typically doesn't require formal qualifications, but a structured educational path—ranging from short certificate programs to a Bachelor's or Master's degree in photography—can provide comprehensive knowledge and skill development. Technical prowess with camera equipment, lighting, and photo editing software is essential, and can be honed through workshops, online courses, and practical experience.

The real cornerstone of a photography career is a robust portfolio that displays your work and style. Apprenticeships or internships can offer valuable hands-on experience. For those looking to freelance or start their own business, understanding marketing and business management is equally important. Continuous learning and adaptation to new trends and technologies in the field will keep your skills sharp and relevant.

In the diverse arena of photography, your educational path can make all the difference. What qualifications are universally respected for photographers? Pursuing programs, like those offered by The Photography Institute endorsed by global institutions is crucial. These bodies ensure that your education meets global standards of excellence, nurtures professionalism, and aligns with the international industry's best practices.

Certificate of Photography

  • Duration: 6 months
  • Career Outcomes: Career Outcomes: Ideal for beginners, this course equips you with the basic knowledge and skills needed to start a career in photography. Graduates can look forward to entry-level positions such as assistant photographer or visual content creator for various sectors.

Diploma of Photography (Offered by PI)

  • Duration: 6-12 months
  • Career Outcomes: Deepening your foundational knowledge, this programme paves the way for extensive expertise in photography, offering opportunities for roles in various photography specialties or venturing into your own photography business.

Advanced Diploma of Photography

  • Duration: 18-24 months
  • Career Outcomes: Graduates of the Advanced Diploma of Photography can pursue more advanced and specialised roles in the field of photography.

Bachelor of Photography

  • Duration: 3-4 years
  • Career Outcomes: Though this is not offered by The Photography Institute, pursuing a bachelor's degree in photography can further provide comprehensive knowledge and open doors to advanced positions in the photography industry. Graduates can aspire to senior roles in top photography studios, specialise in areas like fashion photography or photojournalism, or become educators in the field of photography.

Imagine building an impressive portfolio that speaks louder than any degree. That's the essence of our course – empowering you with practical skills and technical know-how to kickstart a fulfilling freelance career or elevate your hobby to new heights. Your journey to success begins with The Photography Institute!

Our Global Accreditations

We strongly believe in providing the best quality service and learning experience available online. We have partnered with a number of third-party accreditation bodies to give students peace of mind and confidence in studying with us. We are recognised globally by the following bodies:

IARC (International Approval and Registration Centre)

The International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC) is a globally recognised organisation with a primary mission to evaluate, approve, and register educational institutions, particularly those offering vocational education and training programmes. Founded on the principles of quality assurance and educational excellence, IARC plays a pivotal role in ensuring that institutions maintain the highest standards in delivering educational services. Through a rigorous accreditation process, IARC assists educational providers in enhancing their offerings, ultimately benefiting students and the workforce. With a commitment to fostering educational quality worldwide, IARC facilitates international collaboration in the field of education, bridging gaps and promoting the global exchange of knowledge and skills.

BAC (British Accreditation Council)

The British Accreditation Council (BAC) holds a significant position as a leading accreditation body in the United Kingdom. Established to uphold and monitor the quality of education and training institutions, BAC assesses and accredits a wide range of organisations, including educational institutions, training centres, and language schools. Through a rigorous evaluation process, BAC ensures that these organisations meet and maintain defined quality standards in teaching, learning, and overall performance. BAC accreditation is a symbol of educational excellence and signifies an institution's dedication to providing high-quality educational experiences. By supporting institutions in their pursuit of excellence, BAC contributes to the enhancement of education and training across the United Kingdom and beyond.

BBB (Better Business Bureau)

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is a reputable non-profit organisation that plays a vital role in establishing trust and transparency between consumers and businesses. Operating as a mediator and watchdog, BBB provides consumers with valuable information regarding the reliability, ethical practices, and customer feedback of businesses. Through a comprehensive rating and accreditation system, BBB assists consumers in making informed decisions while encouraging businesses to maintain high standards of customer service and integrity. BBB's commitment to ethical business practices and dispute resolution ensures a fair marketplace, where both consumers and businesses can thrive.

UKRLP (United Kingdom Register of Learning Providers)

The UK Register of Learning Providers (UKRLP) is the portal for government departments, agencies, learners, and employers to share key information about learning providers.

Why Choose an Accredited Photography Course in New Zealand?

In a profession where skill and creativity are paramount, accredited photography courses offer more than just structured learning. They provide a seal of approval from the photography world's most respected institutions. These accreditations signify that the course content is up-to-date, comprehensive, and taught by professionals who are masters of their craft. Here's why choosing an accredited course can be a pivotal step in your photography career:

  • Global Recognition: Accredited courses are recognized by employers and clients worldwide, giving your qualifications an international appeal.
  • Peer Networking: They connect you with peers and mentors across the globe, facilitating collaborations and opportunities in various photography genres.
  • Career Advancement: With a curriculum that's aligned with industry demands, these courses can fast-track your journey to becoming a sought-after professional.
  • Quality Assurance: Accreditation ensures that the course you choose meets a high standard of quality in both instruction and technology used for photography.

Practical Experience: The Keystone of Photography Education

While formal qualifications can teach the technicalities and theories, photography ultimately is a craft honed through experience. Practical experience allows you to:

  • Develop Your Unique Style: Hands-on projects and real-world assignments encourage you to find and refine your own creative voice.
  • Build a Professional Portfolio: Practical work provides material for a portfolio, which is crucial in showcasing your talent to potential clients and employers.
  • Gain Technical Proficiency: In-field practice gives you intimate knowledge of camera equipment, lighting, and post-processing software.
  • Understand Client Relations: Working with real clients on actual shoots prepares you for the interpersonal aspects of running a photography business.

Continuous Learning: Evolving with the Art of Photography

The world of photography is in constant flux, with new techniques, technologies, and perspectives emerging regularly. To stay relevant and innovative, continuous learning through workshops, seminars, and online courses is essential. This commitment to lifelong learning demonstrates to clients and colleagues that you are serious about your craft and are keeping pace with the industry.

By combining accredited qualifications with practical experience and a dedication to continuous learning, you set the stage for a thriving global photography career. This powerful trio is your gateway to not just participating in the world of professional photography, but shaping it.

Student Reviews


This is the best decision I made this year!

The Photography Institute Course is a must for aspiring photographers and a should for some professionals. The interaction with your tutor, the feedback from the assignments, and how it is written is a full package and well-spent money.

I recommend this online course 100%.

Juan Carlos Osma / @yebo_photography


I enrolled in the Photography Institute's course to gain more experience and knowledge of the technical side of photography. Not only have I learnt a lot of new skills, but I've gained a lot of confidence in myself during the course.

Some assignments were challenging, some were super fun, and some needed all of my creativity, but they all have the same thing in common: they pushed me further on my photographic journey, and I feel richer for it.

Thank you for your amazing support and great experience.

Aviaaja Louise Schluter

The Photography Institute: Your Journey Starts Here

Embarking on a career in the vibrant world of photography is more than a pursuit of knowledge; it is a journey infused with inspiration and an unyielding commitment to capturing images that tell compelling stories.

Your vision of capturing moments and weaving narratives through the lens starts now. Join us at The Photography Institute and embark on an exhilarating journey of inspiration and creativity. Explore our photography course or reach out to us today.

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