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After initial certification, recertification is required every three (3) years. To recertify, a CPO® must assert to continuing practice as a professional organizer, pay the Annual Maintenance Fees (AMF), and either (a) earn 45 eligible continuing education units (CEUs) during the 3-year recertification period or (b) retake and pass the CPO® examination.
If a CPO® chooses to recertify by examination and fails, at the end of the then-current term, his/her credential expires, and he/she may no longer use the CPO® designation. Upon receiving a failing score, the CPO® is not eligible to re-take the examination for recertification.
If the CPO® meets the current eligibility requirements for initial certification (link), including earning 1500 work hours in the three years prior to sitting for the exam, he or she would be eligible to submit an application to take the current examination as a new candidate. A new candidate, upon receiving a failing score, is eligible to re-take the examination.
The annual maintenance fee is currently $100 per year. Each CPO® will automatically receive an invoice prior to his or her anniversary date each year.