I've recently had calls from people wanting to become a PO and asking how they get certified to be a professional organizer.
I'm going to answer that question...and share some links for more information. We have a rule agaisnt posting links but each of these links have been approved for use.
Each of my three callers seem to think that in order to become a professional organizer, they must be certified. I thought that this might be a good topic to discuss again here.
You do not need ANY certification of any kind to become a professional organizer. There is a voluntary certification program, where you earn the designation CPO however you must be an experienced professional organizer to sit for the exam. You must be able to prove that you have worked many paid hours as an organizer- along with other qualifications.
So, first you open a business and begin work as a PO then, down the road a couple of years, you decide if you want to study for and sit for the exam. It is not something you do before opening your business. Again, it is entirely voluntary. There is not any kind of rule or law that you must be certified- in fact there are many POs who are not.
Learn more about certifcation at http://certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org/http://www.napo.net/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
There is another certification available for those organizers who wish to work with the cronically disorganized (like hoarders but not limited to hoarders.) You can learn about that certification at this website. http://www.challengingdisorganization.org/
Again, for those thinking about entering business as a PO, thinking about certification will come later. At the start, you can't be certified. So begin by concentrating on setting up a legal business by getting a business license, considering incorporation, setting up books and bank accounts, creating a marketing plan, buying insurance and so forth.
Please let us know if you have questions or comments on being certified and we'll try to get you some answers.