Those of you who get my email newsletter are familiar with my excitement about becoming a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®), but, for the rest of you, I thought I would review it here.
What Makes a Certified Professional Organizer® Different From Someone Who Is Just a Good Organizer?
In the organizing world, the CPO® designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify professional organizers who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of professional organizing. In order to earn the CPO® designation, an individual must have at least 1500 hours of paid transfer-of-knowledge organizing work experience within three years prior to applying for and passing a challenging certification examination. To maintain certification, CPOs must recertify every three years by obtaining a minimum of 45 qualifying CEUs or re-taking the exam.
I took and passed the exam in February of 2016. I was excited and proud to achieve this milestone in my organizing career.
Why did I do it?
Three Benefits of Being a Certified Professional Organizer®
First of all, I love a challenge and this was definitely a challenge. Not only did you need the 1,500 organizing hours, you had to keep track of who you worked with and what you did. Another challenge was that it had been 31 years since I last took an exam. Talk about YIKES!
Second, I feel it differentiates me from the competition. Anyone can call themselves a professional organizer. You need a business license and a Sharpie! Well, technically, if you just do business with friends and family you probably don’t even need a license. But I want to show my clients that this is a career for me and I’m serious about doing a great job for them.
Third, and this is probably just a personality thing, but I want to get to the highest level possible in whatever I do. There are probably 15,000 professional organizers in the United States (and who knows how many world-wide) but there are less than 400 CPOs world-wide. Again, I think it shows my dedication to this profession that I’m one of the few who has taken the time and effort needed to get certified.
Now…on to the important stuff! How does hiring a CPO® benefit you? Well, I can’t speak for every city but I know all of the other CPOs in Nashville and have worked with most of them in one capacity or another and they are all awesome at what they do. The level of professionalism and knowledge is, in my opinion unsurpassed. I’m about to begin my fifth year with Yikes, but many other CPOs have been doing this for ten years or more. They are the leaders in our profession and I’m proud to call them friends. We love what we do and strive to do the best job possible each and every time.