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Exam Preparation

Exams measure two things: knowledge of the subject matter and ability to take an examination. 

  • The first depends on your preparation and experience in your chosen field of professional organizing; you can improve in this area through experience and study.
  • The second depends on your self-confidence and your experience with standardized multiple-choice questions. It also depends upon your ability to recognize related information or solutions to problem situations.

Exam Content Outline

The CPO® examination is based upon a conducted Job Task Analysis, which defines the necessary competencies for the successful practice of organizing. The six major domains of the examination are:

  • Preliminary Communication (e.g., qualifying interview) 10%
  • Preliminary Assessment 25%
  • Project Plan Development 20%
  • Project Implementation 30%
  • Follow Up and Maintenance 8%
  • Legal and Ethical Responsibilities 7%

A complete description of each section can be found in the BCPO® Handbook 

Track Your Hours 

It is recommended that client contact hours be tracked as they are accrued. Many candidates track their hours via their accounting software or a spreadsheet. This will help you stay on pace with your weekly, monthly, and yearly goals. 

Other Resources

Suggested Resources and Exam Tips

Sample Computer-Based Training
This is not a sample of the CPO exam. If you are looking for prep material for the exam, NAPO offers an exam prep course. Taking the prep course does not guarantee you will pass the exam.


For more information about the CPO® Program, click on the BCPO® logo to access our Handbook!

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