Share |

Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®)

Attain instant credibility with your clients, differentiate yourself from the competition, and demonstrate that you are on the cutting edge of your industry by earning a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO) credential. CPOs earn their credential by proving they embody the founding principles, have the requisite experience, adhere to the BCPO Code of Ethics, and comprehend the entire body of knowledge required to pass the Board of Certification of Professional Organizers® (BCPO®) examination.


BCPO Handbook

The BCPO Handbook is your essential guide for preparing for and maintaining your CPO credential. The contents include the BCPO Code of Ethics and policies, frequently asked questions, preparation tips, and more.


How to Earn Your CPO Credential

CPO certification is earned by professionals who have met specific minimum standards, and proven through examination and client interaction that they comprehend the entire body of knowledge and experience required. To be eligible to sit for the CPO examination, you must meet specific eligibility requirements as of the date you submit your application. Download the BCPO Handbook above for a complete explanation of eligibility, including frequently asked questions.

Education Requirements

You must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent.

Paid Work Experience

You must be able to provide documentation of 1,500 hours of paid work experience as a professional organizer within five years prior to applying.

Code of Ethics

You must agree to adhere to the highest ethical standards, as reflected in the BCPO Code of Ethics for Certified Professional Organizers.

Pass CPO Exam

The standardized exam is 125 multiple choice questions which must be completed within two hours.

Learn more about preparing for the CPO Exam.

Learn More

Register and prepare for the exam with your peers in a guided online course.

Learn More

About BCPO

BCPO is the certifying body whose mission is to advance the credibility and ethical standards of the Organizing and Productivity industry. The CPO designation was developed by NAPO and is operated under the auspices of the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO). BCPO follows the accreditation guidelines set forth by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCAA).


Apply for the CPO exam and pay your exam fee.



Recertification, by CEUs or re-examination, is required every three years.

Learn More

Annual Maintenance Fee (AMF)

AMFs are due on the anniversary of passing your CPO exam.



Have a question or need assistance? The BCPO HQ Team is here to help you.


© 2015-19 National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals. All rights reserved.