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Certified Professional Organizer® Eligibility Requirements

The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers

To sit for the Certified Professional Organizer® examination, a candidate must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Must agree to adhere to the Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers.
  • Document a total of 1,500 hours (an average of 9.6 hours per week) of paid work experience in the three (3) years prior to applying to take the exam.


Paid Work Experience

Work experience and client collaboration must transfer, teach and/or demonstrate organizing skills. Paid work experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • on-site organizing
  • coaching
  • consulting
  • training
  • virtual organizing
  • interactive workshops
  • speaking engagements,

Up to 250 substitute hours of the required 1,500 can be earned via:

  • college degrees
  • relevant paid work experience prior to becoming an organizer
  • military service
  • continuing education courses  
  • professional development activities in the organizing field
  • organizing-related writing 

Note: Candidates must be prepared to document all hours, both paid work hours and substitute hours.



Determining Course Eligibility

Courses must meet the following guidelines:

  • at least 60 minutes long 
  •  a live course, online learning module or recorded teleclass/webinar that provides proof of attendance/completion (whether in person, by phone, or online)
  • a course that provides skills and knowledge that allow you to better serve your current and potential clients

Ineligible Courses
Course topics related to starting, building, growing or administering your own business such as:

  • marketing
  • finding clients
  • choosing an organizing specialty
  • exploring different business models
  • branding

These are extremely important courses, and BCPO highly recommends that you take them in order to improve your business building skills. However, BCPO certification is for organizing and productivity, so, like all credentials that follow accreditation standards, the CEUs must be related to the certification skill itself — organizing and productivity.


For Additional Information download the BCPO® Handbook.


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