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August 18, 2008

I’m Certified. How About You?

Dunedin, FL. Why would someone consider taking the test to become a Certified Professional Organizer®? Rather than have The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO®) tell you what’s so great about the designation, we’d rather let CPOs tell you in their own words.

“I decided to sit for the exam because I wanted to stay on the leading edge within the industry. I also wanted the challenge of proving to myself that I understood the concepts of the test,” says Pam McCutcheon, CPO®, The Clutter Cutter.

“When I am providing records management services to a client, I can also transfer office organizing skills at the same time, providing economies of scale to the client in a ‘one-stop shopping’ manner. They can get qualified assistance on both from me, and having the CPO® helps get that message across,” says Karen M. Payne, CRM, CPO®, Precision Organizing and Membership Chair of the Association of Records Managers and Administrators’ Rio Grande Chapter.

“Where I live, people shop in the phone book for an organizer. I’m told sometimes they choose my name first because my listing says I have been in business for 26 years. If I don’t have the credential, but a colleague who has been in business a much shorter time does, it will not come across right. It will look like I think my longevity is enough to get by,” says Kate Rhoad, CPO®, Kate Rhoad, Professional Organizer.

“As a senior move manager, having the CPO® credential lets my clients know that we offer additional services and expertise that will help make their move go that much smoother. This added credibility sets me apart and shows prospective clients that I am serious about being the most valuable that I can be to them,” says Barry Izsak, CPO®, CRTS, Arranging It All, Member of National Association of Senior Move Managers.

The computer-based, 2-hour CPO® exam can be scheduled any time November 1 through 30, 2008. Any professional who meets the minimum requirements may take the exam, which is widely available throughout the United States, Canada and other countries. For example, home and real estate stagers, senior move managers, records managers and those who work in related fields may qualify.

The BCPO® is the self-governing, independent certifying body formed to recognize and raise industry standards, practices and ethics through independent certification. The BCPO®’s mission is to affirm and acknowledge the passion for the organizing profession by advancing industry credibility, professionalism, and ethical standards through credentialing.

For more information on the BCPO®, the CPO® designation, including requirements to sit for the examination, contact 1-800-556-0484 or visit www.certifiedprofessionalorganizers.org.


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