BCPO® certification is a voluntary, industry-led effort that benefits the members of the organizing profession, as well as the public. It is a recognition of professionals who have met specific minimum standards, and proven through examination and client interaction that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. This program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices and ethics. For the public, while the CPO® designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the products and services provided by a CPO®.
Top reasons to sit for the CPO® exam:
“I encourage veteran organizers to consider seeking certification. As our industry grows, matures, and becomes more recognized as The Organizing Authority®, many of our future clients will be looking for and asking about our knowledge and skills. I have already been asked by a couple of my clients what classes does one need to take and is there any certification of professional organizers. Yes, really. Certification indicates proficiency in the core competencies of a profession. It gives further credence to being the experts in the field. I will certainly be sitting for the exam. I want those initials behind my name and the opportunity to explain them to prospective clients. Better for my business and better for our industry, which, in turn, makes it better for all of us.”
—Sandy Stelter, CPO®, Strategic Organizing Solutions-SOS
“I have been a leader in the professional organizing industry for 22 years. As certification is the next step in the development of our industry, I will definitely be part of the inaugural certification exam. Continued visibility as a leader is important to me as people will acknowledge the foresight and courage it took to initiate this step in the growth and development of our industry. The benefits to my business will continue through the years as Certified Professional Organizer® becomes the norm.”
—Angela Wallace, CPO®, Wallace Associates
“Five members of the Eliminate Chaos team have earned their CPO® and it has now become a goal for each of our employees—because no one wants to be left behind. I am proud of our employees who have shown their commitment to the profession. As a business owner, I encourage other business owners to consider the benefits of their employees to earn this designation. Our clients have choices with whom they choose to work and want to know what makes us different. We always educate them about the credential and what it means. Recently, clients told us they have hired our Specialists because they were certified.”
—Laura Leist, CPO®, Eliminate Chaos
“Certification of any industry is a milestone to be embraced and celebrated. It is a natural development and a measure of an industry’s maturity and long-term viability in the marketplace. The professional organizing industry has matured to the point that potential clients increasingly ask about our credentials and what makes us uniquely qualified to do the work we do. As a Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®), I am demonstrating to the public that I have made a calculated commitment to my career as a professional organizer and have embarked on a course of continuing education to keep abreast of new developments. For me, certification was the next logical step in my professional maturity and will ensure my long-term viability in the marketplace. It is a designation that I display proudly on all of my marketing materials.”
—Barry Izsak, CPO®, CRTS , Arranging It All
Susan Kousek, CPO®
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