I am proud to announce that I have achieved the prestigious designation of Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) from the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®). This is one of the biggest professional achievements in the organizing and productivity industry! I am one of 3 CPOs in the Raleigh area, and one of only 10 in North Carolina, according to the CPO directory.
CPO certification recognizes those professionals who have proven through examination and extensive client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. The program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics. While the CPO designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the services provided and products recommended by a CPO.
I personally chose to earn my certification because it demonstrates to others that I hold myself to a high standard, that I am committed to my professional education, and that I have a wealth of experience and dedication to professional organizing. Being bound by the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®) code of ethics shows that I am dedicated to the highest ethical principles of my industry.
To become a CPO, and before I could sit for the exam, I had to provide documentation of at least 1,500 hours of paid work experience in transferring organizing skills to others over the past 5 years, or 1,250 hours of paid work combined with 250 hours of continuing education in the professional organizing industry. I began my organizing career in February, 2012, so my years and hours of paid work experience greatly exceeded that number. In addition to work experience, I had earned over 300 hours of continuing education prior to taking the exam.
After months of studying, reading dozens of books, and attending courses, I sat for the CPO exam, which took about 2 hours to complete. The exam consisted of questions relating to all aspects of the professional organizing and productivity industry including communication with clients, preliminary assessments, project plan development, project implementation, maintenance, and legal and ethical responsibilities. I passed the exam in October, 2019 and received my official CPO status later that year. To maintain this designation, I must continue my professional education with at least 15 hours of continuing education per year, and be re-certified every 3 years.
When you’re searching for the right organizer to guide and assist you with decluttering, organizing or time management in your home or office, the choices can be overwhelming. Searching for a member of the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals, or narrowing it down to a Certified Professional Organizer® can give you the peace of mind that you’re hiring a trained, experienced and ethical professional. I am honored to now be listed as a Certified Professional Organizer® among so many other experts in the organizing field.
If you live in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and want to work with a Certified Professional Organizer®, I’d love to help you! If you live elsewhere, I offer virtual organizing services via video chat to help you with any size organizing project. Please contact me for a free phone consultation to get started.