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
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
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
Our seminar curriculum details each
training and education layer of our seminar program and all that you will learn
2. What is the trend in the professional
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
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
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
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 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."