YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Is this program just for wedding photographers?
This program is geared toward wedding photographers mostly, however a lot of the content will be applicable for portrait and other photographers as well depending on the course.
When are your classes?
Anytime you want! All of the classes at The Academy are pre-recorded and on-demand, so you can watch them anytime, and anywhere! There will also be live events that you can attend, but they are bonus!
What is the certificate for?
The certificate validates you as a photographer in the eyes of your potential clients, and the industry. It shows that you’ve dedicated yourself to learning your craft, and setting up your business in a way that is ethical, and aimed for success, as well as being trained in photography. As a certificate holder, you and your clients can be confident that you’ve learned the systems and skills that it takes to be a professional wedding photographer.
Who supports/backs the certificate?
The Academy is registered and in the process of being fully accredited by the PCTIA (Private Career Training Institutions Agency), and this process takes 2 years of running as an official school to complete. At that point, the certificate will be fully accredited and backed by the PCTIA, as well as many of the student benefits that will come with that accreditation.
Currently, the International Academy of Wedding Photographers has been fully accredited by the BBB, which means that The Academy has proven itself to meet its high standards and has a commitment to good client satisfaction and service.
What benefits will I get as a Certificate Program member?
There are many benefits that Certificate members will have available to them from our sponsors and within the school itself. The certificate path is designed to have added value to encourage students to have a full well-rounded education, and to have the benefit of the certificate.
Some of the benefits of taking the full program are:
- 8 high-quality courses at a more affordable price than taking individually
- A professional badge and certificate of graduation from the International Academy of Wedding Photographers
- The Academy Posing Guide E-Book is included
- Student benefits from our sponsors
Is there a deadline on the classes? How long can I take them for?
The Academy wants to provide a flexible timeline to allow convenience, balanced out with providing accountability to get student’s finishing their courses. With that balance, the students have 2 years from when they register to complete their courses. At that point, students will have the option of adding an extension for a small fee. Once they are complete the courses, they will still have access to the videos.
How do the assignments and quizzes work?
Each course has approximately 5- 10 assignments and one final quiz at the end with 10-15 multiple choice or true and false questions. Our main focus with giving standardization through many of the assignments is to provide opportunities for you to do things that will directly affect your business. For instance, one of the classes ask you to do a pricing guide, while another one asks you to do a client questionnaire that you can actually use for your clients. It is like having a bridesmaid dress you can ACTUALLY wear again! We want to give you assignments that you can use.
Are the assignments and quizzes mandatory?
The Academy sets a high, but achievable standard for their students. Our goal is for students to come out of the program with an added confidence, ability and proper tools to present a more professional approach to their business and therefore, the assignments and quizzes were designed to maintain an accountability to help reach these standards. They are mandatory in order to receive your certificate, as you must prove that you've met the requirements. When taking courses in the single course option, they are not mandatory, but very helpful.
Can I wear my pajamas when I watch?
Yes, but anything less will not meet the Academy’s dress code.
What If I have a question to ask the instructor or other students?
We have qualified staff available 5 days a week during regular office hours to help students with their questions (24 hour turn around time for responses). Although the instructors are not available to answer individual questions, they will occasionally answer in the forums or be available for scheduled webinars to answer questions that are not specified in the courses.
Can I split my payments up?
YES! The Academy offers flexible payment plans for those that do not want to give one lump sum.
What if I want my money back?
We currently offer a full Money Back Guarantee for 30 days after purchase if you are not satisfied with your course or courses you purchased.
What if I took one class and have now decided to take the certificate program?
If you decide to purchase the certificate program after you’ve already purchased other courses that are offered in the program, then you get a certain percentage off of the full price based on how many courses you have purchased. For example, if you had purchased 2 courses that are offered in the Certificate program, and then decided to buy the program, you would have paid the regular price for the two individual courses, then with purchasing the certificate you would get 25% off of the program, because 2 out of the 8 courses (25%) have already been purchased.