What is NAPO?
The National Association of Professional Organizers® (NAPO®) has a membership of approximately 4,000 organizing and productivity professionals dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO’s mission is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public awareness.
- NAPO was founded in Los Angeles in 1985 by Beverly Clower, Stephanie Culp, Ann Gambrell, Maxine Ordesky, and Jeanie Schorr as a non-profit professional educational association for professional organizers.
- NAPO has approximately 4,000 members worldwide, representing the full spectrum of the global industry: professional organizers, productivity consultants, coaches, authors, educators, trainers, manufacturers, service providers, and more.
- NAPO has more than 30 local chapters, including one virtual chapter.
- NAPO members offer organizing and productivity services in several residential and business categories to help clients manage space, possessions, information, time, events, photos, and collections. Members also offer services aimed at specific industries, special populations, and other specialized services.
- NAPO helped organizers take their professionalism to the next level with the launch of the Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) credential, administered by the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®). With the first exam held in April 2007 at NAPO’s Annual Conference, the world-class CPO credential launched by NAPO and BCPO is recognized as the industry standard for professional organizers.
- As a national coalition member since 2005 of the United States Department of Homeland Security National Preparedness Month, NAPO members and chapters have offered a variety of emergency preparedness events and information sessions for clients and the public in their communities, schools, and workplaces, including America’s PrepareAthon.
- Quantum Leap® is a community service program founded by NAPO in 2000. Through Quantum Leap projects nationwide, NAPO members provide organizational skills training to those in life transitions who can least afford but most need professional guidance.
- In January 2003, NAPO created Get Organized Month™ (GO Month™), a month-long initiative that focuses attention on how getting organized empowers people to regain control over their lives. During GO Month every January, dozens of NAPO chapters and thousands of members hold public events throughout the country to raise awareness of the benefits of organization. The events range from contests and giveaways to free organizing services.
- NAPO’s relationships with related associations within the organizing and productivity industry offer NAPO members additional professional and educational resources. Affiliations include Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), Institute for Challenging Disorganization (ICD), Association of Personal Photo Organizers (APPO), National Association of Senior Move Managers (NASMM), and Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD).
- In 2007, NAPO signed a collaboration agreement creating the International Federation of Professional Organizing Associations (IFPOA) with the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization (now the ICD) and the Professional Organizers in Canada (POC). Additional members now include the Japan Association of Life Organizers (JALO), the Australasian Association of Professional Organisers (AAPO), the Nederlandse Beroepsvereniging van Professional Organizers (NBPO), and the Association of Professional Declutterers and Organisers UK (APDO UK).
- Each spring, NAPO’s Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition attracts organizing and productivity professionals and exhibitors from around the world. Attendees come to learn, experience the newest innovations, network with their fellow members, and recognize excellence in the industry with several individual, group, community, product, and service awards.
- A searchable directory of NAPO Organizing and Productivity Professional Member names and contact information is available to the general public on www.NAPO.net. The NAPO Professional Organizer or Productivity Consultant Search Tool enables a search by type of service, distance from a location, or both. The search produces a list of professionals in the area who specialize in the type of service(s) needed, as well as information about their businesses.
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NAPO Get Organized Month
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