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Certification Programs

NAPO offers the following certification program:


Certification Logo from the Board of Certification for Professional organizersA Certified Professional Organizer® demonstrates the knowledge and experience essential to the industry. The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO) oversees this program.

To earn the CPO® designation, one must:

  • Document a specific number of paid hours that include transferring organizing skills to the client
  • Pass the BCPO examination
  • Earn Continuing Education Units for renewal of the designation

Learn more about NAPO CPO® certification program.

ICD offers the following certification program:


The Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), an affiliated organization of NAPO, developed the professional designation of a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization®.

To earn the CPO-CD® designation, one must:

  • Spend 17-20 months of intensive time studying and applying this learning in practical application with current clients
  • Complete coursework, written assignments, and undergo a peer panel review

Learn more about the ICD CPO-CD® certification program.

If you are not ready to undergo the process of certification, both NAPO and ICD offer shortened specialty programs in which you can earn a certificate in a particular area of interest.  Visit their websites for details.