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Specialist Certificate Track



A Specialist Certificate gives organizing and productivity professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study, and demonstrates their commitment to professional development. NAPO proudly offers Specialist Certificates in two areas: Residential Organizing and Workplace Productivity. Completing the course of study in one of those areas will earn a digital web badge that can be displayed on a website, on marketing materials, and shared with clients, colleagues, friends, and family. Note that only Professional Members in good standing can earn a Specialist Certificate.


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If my chapter has purchased the licensing for the conference recordings, and I take the course by selecting it from the conference recordings, it still counts, right? I don't have to pay for the course for it to count?

Correct, if your chapter has purchased the conference recordings and you complete them, then that will count towards your Specialist Certificate. You do not have to pay for the course for it to count.

Also, can I use a course for both CPO® credit and certificate? 
Yes, you may use these courses for both CPO® credit hours (as long as they are eligible according to the BCPO® Handbook) as well as the specialist certificate.

Will the certificate require re-certifying periodically?
No, it will not. When you earn a NAPO Specialist Certificate, it does not require any sort of upkeep or renewal once you have earned the certificate.

Is there a difference between the CPO® credential and the Specialist Certificate Program?

Yes, there are several differences between the two. The CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer®) credential designates an organizer who has demonstrated his or her knowledge and experience by achieving all of the criteria to become eligible to sit for the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®) exam and subsequently passed it. The Specialist Certificate Program is really focused on individuals who are seeking to set themselves apart in professional residential organizing and workplace productivity, but may not have acquired 1500 hours of paid transfer-of-knowledge organizing work experience within a three year window. Achieving a Specialist Certificate is an opportunity for an organizer to further his or her pathway to eventually earning the CPO® designation. The Specialist Certificates do not expire and do not require Continuing Education Units hours for renewal.

The CPO® designation is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify professional organizers who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of professional organizing. In order to earn the CPO® designation, an individual must have at least 1500 hours of paid transfer-of-knowledge organizing work experience within three years prior to applying for and passing a challenging certification examination. To maintain certification, CPOs must recertify every three years by obtaining a minimum of 45 qualifying CEUs or re-taking the exam. 


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