Information and Frequently Asked Questions
What you get when you enroll at PCCI
- Instructor-led, participant-centered training
- Real world, hands-on instruction from certified experts
- Personal, over-the-shoulder guidance from industry pros
- Small class sizes for more individual attention
- Access to state-of-the-art computers and peripherals
- A choice of platforms (Mac or Windows)
- Training on the latest software versions (for most courses)
- Carefully-designed, structured exercises
- Student workbooks or supplied lecture notes
- Access to our library of books and magazines
- Industry-recognized Certificates of Achievement
- Discounts at participating establishments
- Free refreshers within one year
Can only Canon users attend PCCI’s workshops?
No. Our workshops are designed to help you become a better photographer, whatever your camera’s brand.
How To Choose a Course
Courses are divided into three levels—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. If you’re not sure what level, or what specific course, is right for you, please get in touch with us.
||For those with no formal training or experience
||For those who have completed the appropriate Level 1 course or equivalent experience
||For those who have completed the appropriate Level 2 course or equivalent experience
How to Register
Advance registration and payment are required.
Seats are limited, so register and pay as early as possible to ensure your place. Seats will be allocated on a first-pay, first-serve basis.
To reserve a seat
Step 1. Fill out and submit the online registration form (found beside each course description).
Alternatively, you may download our PDF Registration Form, and fax the completed form to +63-2-892-5281.
Step 2. We will send you an email acknowledgment the next business day, to inform you if there is still space available. A wait list will be established for classes that are fully booked.
If you don’t receive an email acknowledgment, please call us immediately.
Step 3. Once you’re sure a seat is available, pay. See Payment.
Note: Registration alone does not guarantee you a seat in class. To secure your place, your registration must be followed by a 50 percent down payment.
Course Fees, Payment, and Discounts
Course fees are listed in both Philippine pesos and US dollars (for the convenience of international students) beside each course description.
Fees include attendance, course materials, use of equipment (in hands-on classes), plus lunch and snacks on class days. Participants from out of town, or from abroad, are responsible for travel and lodging expenses.
To confirm your registration, we must receive 50 percent of the course fee
- within 3 days after you register, or
- immediately, if the class is less than one week away.
The balance is due on the first day of class, before 8:45 AM.
There are several ways to pay:
- Deliver the payment to our office. We accept cash, check and credit cards (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).
Deposit the payment to
- any Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 1-249-91545-5; or
- any Banco de Oro (BDO) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 429-0078357.
Then fax to +63-2-892-5281 the deposit slip with your name and course(s) written legibly on it.
Registrants from other countries may pay in US dollars. Please get in touch with us for further details.
Note: To avoid losing your seat to another registrant, we advise you pay as early as possible.
PCCI offers a number of discount options:
|Early Bird discount:
For those who pay in full one month before the course
|Take PhP 300 off any 1-day course
||Take PhP 700 off any 2-day course
||Take PhP 1,000 off any 3-day or 4-day course
For those who have previously attended a PCCI hands-on workshop
|Take PhP 200 off any 1-day course
||Take PhP 500 off any 2-day course
||Take PhP 700 off any 3-day or 4-day course
For those who enroll in a course together with others from the same company
Note: The above discount options are not cumulative. A person may only apply one discount option per course. These are not applicable for courses under Special Classes and Events such as Inner Vision 1, Inner Vision 2, Close-Up Photography, and Photography for the Young at Art. Discount plans are also not applicable for credit card payment.
For participants from out of town or from overseas, we can email you a list of nearby hotels, but you will have to make your own bookings.
How do I become Adobe Certified?
Our training courses help you gain proficiency in Adobe products, but if you want the added advantage of being Adobe certified, you'll need to pass a product-specific exam after training.
To become an Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) or Adobe Certified Pro (ACP), you must pass an exam at a Pearson VUE or Prometric test center (not PCCI).
If you must cancel your registration:
- Five or more business days prior to the course, the fee is fully refundable.
- Less than five business days before the course, confirmed participants are liable for the entire fee.
Occasionally, we are forced to cancel a class because of low enrollment or emergencies. In such cases, we are liable for the return of registration fees only.
At the end of a one-day seminar, you'll receive a certificate of attendance. At the end of a hands-on workshop, you'll receive a certificate of achievement.
For an Adobe course, you'll receive a PCCI certificate that bears the Adobe Authorized Training Center logo.
Class hours are from 9 AM to 5 PM. Please check in 30 minutes early on the first day. The training facility opens at 8 AM and closes at 6 PM on class days, to give you more time to work on hands-on exercises and projects.
Most of our classes are in the daytime, but we do offer one evening class: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Basics (Evening Class).
Most classes fall on weekdays, but some do fall on weekends.
We offer client-site training. However, our courses are most effective when held away from the distractions of the workplace. By attending courses at our facility, you and your staff can focus on your training in a complete, distraction-free environment.
Does PCCI offer design services? Does PCCI sell software?
We do not offer design services, nor do we sell software. PCCI is primarily a training company, but we do have photo studios for rent, as well as a few related services.
Books and videos are cheaper. Why should I invest in instructor-led training?
Books and training videos are fine learning aids, but offer only one-way communication. PCCI's instructor-led courses give you immediate and specific feedback, so you save a lot of valuable time and effort.
On rare occasions, a listed instructor is unable to teach a class due to an unscheduled professional assignment. If this happens, we will replace the instructor with someone of equivalent credentials. In the event we cannot secure a substitute, the class can be rescheduled or cancelled.
I'm currently unemployed. Can you guarantee me a job after training?
Job placement is not part of PCCI's service. However, as an alumnus or alumna of PCCI, you will receive job postings from various companies, via the PCCI Alumni eGroup.
Can kids take PCCI’s photography classes?
Yes, unless otherwise stated in the course description. Alternatively, we offer a photography workshop made especially for kids 10–15 years old, Photography for the Young at Art, offered every summer (April and/or May).
Lunch on class days is provided by PCCI at no additional cost. If you have special dietary restrictions, let us know and we shall do our best to accommodate them.
What is the medium of instruction?
Because we often have participants from other countries, our lessons are generally taught in English. However, our instructors occasionally restate some things in Tagalog for the benefit of local participants.
Audio or video recording of seminars and workshops is not permitted.
No Smoking Policy
There is no smoking within the entire Kodak compound.
We offer one-to-one training. But it does cost more (2 to 3 times more than our regular course fees). Contact us for a quote.
Do you offer post-training support?
Alumni can continue their education through the PCCI Alumni eGroup. There, they can continue to ask questions, and benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of the entire PCCI community.
If you do not master all the skills and techniques the first time, you may retake the same course within one year, free-of-charge, on a space-available basis.