The National Organization of Productivity & Organizing (NAPO) is an organization started in 1983 by a group of women in Los Angeles, CA with the purpose of exchanging ideas in the emerging field of organizing services. Today, NAPO has 3,500+ members worldwide, "dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives".
To become a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO), one must meet eligibility through education requirements, pass the CPO exam, adhere to the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers Code of Ethics, and complete a minimum required number of hours of paid work. It takes a minimum of five years to become a CPO and meet all eligibility requirements.
NAPO also offers several "Specialist" certificates based on completion of specific coursework. Residential Organizing is one such certificate.
Is Michelle Jensen a CPO?
Although I am a member of NAPO and abide by the NAPO Code of Ethics, I am not a CPO. I successfully obtained a NAPO "Specialist Certificate" in residential organizing after taking 30 hours of test-based training. Check here for my NAPO profile showing my college / educational background and the organizing services I offer.