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What is a CPO®?



What is a Certified Professional Organizer®?

The Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) credential is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify industry professionals who demonstrate the knowledge essential to professional organizing and productivity consulting. CPOs have proven industry proficiency by documenting a specific number of paid transfer-of-skill client contact hours, passing the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) examination, and agreeing to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers. BCPO follows accreditation guidelines set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

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Become Eligible

Candidates must complete 1,500 hours of paid client work during three years prior to applying for the certification exam. These work hours may include, but are not limited to: on-site organizing, coaching, consulting, training, virtual organizing, interactive workshops, and speaking engagements, which, through client collaboration, transfers, teaches, or demonstrates organizing skills. Up to 250 substitute hours of the required 1,500 hours can be earned through various other accomplishments as outlined in the eligibility requirements.

Eligibility Requirements 
Eligibility FAQs

Track Your Hours

It is recommended that paid client work hours be tracked as they are accrued. Many candidates track their hours via their accounting software or a spreadsheet.  

Sample Tracking Spreadsheet


The BCPO examination is a standardized exam created under the guidance of SMT, an accredited testing development company. It is a rigorous, multiple-choice, timed exam. Candidates are advised to familiarize themselves with the exam content outline. Preparation may include forming a study group with colleagues locally or virtually which may also include reviewing the suggested resources. 

How to Prepare for the Exam
Suggested Resources and Exam Tips

Apply for the Exam

The BCPO examination is administered via Computer-Based Testing (CBT) during three annual testing periods at proctored testing centers worldwide. Qualified candidates may apply to take the exam during the February, June or October windows. For complete details, please read:

Deadlines and Fees
At the Testing Site
Scoring & Reporting
Application Review and Audit

Recertification is required every three years. Recertification requirements include earning at least 45 qualifying continued education units and annual payments of maintenance fees. 

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