Institute for Professional Organizers™

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1. How is your Seminar training program different from other Professional Organizer training programs?

Our Seminar Program is a layered training and education opportunity for you to (1) launch your business as Professional Organizer, (2) have focused and guided work on your business infrastructure and work with a real client, (3) a rewarding on-going mentor relationship with Anne Blumer, CPO®, and (4) option to become a Master Professional Organizer™. With each layer of our training and education program you will build skills and confidence working with clients and managing a business. Layer by layer we will provide you with increased protection that your business will thrive. You will not find another professional organizer training program with our unique layered approach, comprehensiveness, and affordability.


We provide participants ten hours of hands-on training with a client where they can practice their needs assessment approach and practice our successfully proven and trademarked 5 Steps to Organizing® process.  This experience provides participants before/after pictures to get them started with their portfolio.

Participants receive a comprehensive manual containing sought after information, sample forms, reference materials, and resources.

We are competitively priced for the comprehensiveness, quality, and ongoing support you will receive.  If you were to take just five of NAPO’s courses the cost for a member is $996 and non-member $1,221. Additionally, it would take you months, possibly a year, to complete the five courses because they are only scheduled a couple of times each year. The five courses will only scratch the surface of what you will learn in our Layer 1 alone.

Here is what one participant had to say, “The sessions are jam-packed with important, complete and relevant information for getting your business started in the near future. Also, I looked at NAPO's classes but the Institute for Professional Organizers™ program was going to cover all the areas of getting a professional organizing business started in a short time frame. I could have a complete and comprehensive overview without worrying about having holes in my training. And I could be up and running much faster.”  Nicola Wood”

We continue to support our participants after their training by phone and e-mail at no cost. Other training programs offer an advance training program or follow-up support for a substantial fee.

We believe our comprehensive approach will substantially increase the success of a professional organizer’s business.

Our seminar curriculum details each training and education layer of our seminar program and all that you will learn and receive.


2. What is the trend in the professional organizing business?

Professional Organizing is one of the fastest growing service businesses today.  The number of Professional Organizers has grown from 1,000 in 1998 to more than 4,500 in 2013!

3. What do I need to do to prepare for the training program?

Self-study materials (training Layer 1) are provided for you to complete prior to arriving for the three-day seminar (training Layer 2). Come to the seminar with all of your questions and know what you want to learn!

4. How many participants are in a training program?

Our Layer 2 training program class size minimum is two and maximum is five participants.  Our curriculum is designed for small group communication discussion and sharing of information, experiences and ideas to enhance a participant’s learning outcomes.  Additionally, a size smaller or larger would make the hands-on learning experience less meaningful for participants and the client.

5. Once a person completes this training are they a Certified Professional Organizer?

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”. Seminar participants receive the designation of Institute for Professional Organizers™ certified. However this does not give you the designation of Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® (see below).

Institute for Professional Organizers™ 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 a rigorous 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.

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 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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