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How to become a Certified Professional Oganizer®

I am often asked, "After completing your training course will I be a Certified Professional Organizer®?" The short answer is no.

The long answer is, you will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development and Attendance”. Self-study participants receive the designation of Professional Organizer Training Institute™ trained. Seminar participants receive the designation of Professional Organizer Training Institute™ certified. However this does not give you the designation of Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® (see below).

Professional Organizer Training Institute™ trained (self-study participants) or certified (seminar participants) are credentials and international brand for the professional organizer’s business launch through their first years and for those who want comprehensive training and certification on our methodologies, systems, and procedures. This also lets your clients know that you have taken an intensive training program.

There are specific requirements to become a Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® and they are explained in the The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO) Candidate's Handbook for the Certified Professional Organizer Credential.

You can find complete details for our seminar curriculum, self study curriculum and registration fees on our web site for both our seminar and self study programs.

When you compare the BCPO exam content with our curriculum you will find that our training program in combination with the 1,500 hours of paid client experience will give you a tremendous amount of information towards the BCPO certification.

Certification of any profession should never be as basic as completing a three-day seminar or self-study course. To quote the BCPO handbook, "From an industry perspective, by becoming certified, an organizer will validate his or her knowledge and experience, based on the highest industry, psychometric, and legal standards. From the perspective of individual business, preparing for the examination is an opportunity to stay current in an increasingly competitive job market. From a personal perspective, sitting for the examination provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate the candidate’s self-confidence, professional commitment, and personal initiative in a professional environment governed by rigorous standards. A Certified Professional Organizer® will exemplify the importance of professional standards, and contribute to evolving standards in the industry as a whole."

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