CPO® Emeritus: Retirement Credential


The CPO® Emeritus

  • Grants continued recognition of having earned the CPO credential. 
  • Indicates professional pride in one’s accomplishments and in the industry.
  • Provides a means for the bearer to maintain social and intellectual connections with the industry and peers.
  • Signifies that the bearer is beginning a new chapter of life with new opportunities.
  • Attests to the deep roots of the Certified Professional Organizer® credential and the earnest professionals who sought credentialing.
  • Demonstrates that the certificant is part of a body of experienced experts who are resources for leading, teaching, speaking and mentoring.
  • Indicates to the public that the bearer is an expert in whom trust and confidence can be placed – an important perception should the bearer be called upon for limited media consultations or professional engagements.
  • Conveys a sense of gravitas with regard to our profession.

A CPO can request the retirement credential after:

  • retiring from the profession of organizing and productivity for more than incidental monetary gain (that is, the individual is working less than 100 hours a year in organizing and productivity and not generating significant income).
  • holding the CPO credential for a minimum of 12 years (one certification period and three full recertification cycles),
  • attaining 60 years of age or older, 
  • signing a statement of upholding the BCPO Code of Ethics,
  • and paying the one-time retirement credential fee of $200 USD.

What are the on going requirements?

You must not work more than 100 hours a year to maintain CPO Emeritus status. However, if you do work more than 100 hours in a year, you must report this as you are no longer considered retired and not eligible for CPO Emeritus status. 

Ready to Apply?

If you are ready to apply for the CPO Emeritus credential, please apply below!











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