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The Total Body Photography (TBP) Certification was created by the BioCommunications Association, Inc. (BCA) to provide the medical community with a standardized examination process for evaluating professionals who will be performing photographic documentation of the dermatological condition of living human patients.

Requirements for Certification

The certification process consists of three parts: a written exam, a practical exam, and a demonstration of competency.

Written Exam

You will have one full year from the date of acceptance into the program to take the written exam. You may take the test a total of three times to achieve a passing grade.

Currently the exam is in PDF format and will be emailed to you when ready upon your request. After receiving the test document, you will have 24 hours to complete and return it to the BCA office. There are three slightly different versions of the test, each of which consists of five categories.

The categories on the exam are: Digital Materials and Processes (15 questions), Ethics (5 questions), Total Body Photography (15 questions), Lighting and Portraiture (8 questions), and Theory of Light and Color (7 questions) for a total of 50 questions.

Although there is a vast resource of information available today on the web, some publications to get started in preparing for the written exam are as follows:

  • Digital Photography: A Basic Guide to New Technology
    by Jenni Bidner Kodak Publication KW-23
  • Digital Imaging for Photographers
    by Adrian Davies and Phil Fennessy, Focal Press
  • Biomedical Photography
    by John Paul Vetter, RBP, FBPA, Focal Press
  • Photographic Materials and Processes
    by Stroebel, Compton, Current and Zakia, Focal Press

If you are having difficulty finding study resources, please contact the Chair of the Certification Committee.

Practical Exam

The second part is a practical exam consisting of one complete series of photographs for Total Body Photography. On this demo CD is a series of images to guide you in the preparation of the photos. Please use a model for your photos and not a real patient. It is your choice to have the model covered. Please include a photo consent form with your CD.

You will then burn your images on CD. Please make 5 copies and send all 5 copies directly to the Chair of the Certification Committee. The Certification Committee will review the images and if there needs to be changes, the Chair will contact you.

Demonstration of Competency

The third and final part of the exam will be a demonstration in a test studio in which the candidate will perform all the necessary steps for Total Body Photography before an examiner. Upon passing parts one and two, the Chair will contact you to set up an appointment for the demonstration and give you the location information. This step will be made available at the Annual Meeting or other appropriate location.

Upon successful completion of all the requirements for certification, the candidate will receive a certificate suitable for framing and an invitation to the next BCA Annual Meeting for recognition during the Honors Banquet.

If you have any questions, please contact the Chair of the Certification Committee.

Total Body Photography Certification Application

Please go to the Downloads page to download a Total Body Photography Certification application form.

Please send the application along with a $75.00 non-refundable fee to the BCA Central Office Manager.

A CD will then be sent to you with sample images, testing instructions and a study guide.