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NAPO Specialist Certificates

 

 

A NAPO Specialist Certificate gives organizing and productivity professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in a particular area of study, and demonstrates their commitment to professional development. NAPO proudly offers Specialist Certificates in two areas: Residential Organizing and Workplace Productivity. Completing the course of study in one of these areas will earn a digital web badge that can be displayed on a website and on marketing materials, and shared with clients, colleagues, friends, and family. 

To earn a NAPO Specialist Certificate, you must complete eight NAPO University classes from a specific list. You must complete the classes within two years prior to submitting your NAPO Specialist Certificate application.

Only NAPO Professional Members can earn a Specialist Certificate. Not a member yet? Show your commitment to the profession by joining NAPO and earning a NAPO Specialist Certificate!

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Differences between the NAPO Specialist Certificate Program and the CPO® credential
NAPO Specialist Certificates are for NAPO members who are seeking to set themselves apart in in one or more specialties. NAPO Specialist Certificates do not expire and do not require Continuing Education Units hours for renewal. However, the certificate becomes invalid if the member’s NAPO membership lapses, and the badge must be removed from all digital media and all marketing materials.


The CPO® (Certified Professional Organizer®) credential is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and identify professional organizers who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of professional organizing. In order to earn the CPO® designation, an individual must have at least 1,500 hours of paid transfer-of-knowledge organizing work experience within the three years prior to applying for and passing a challenging certification examination. To maintain certification, CPOs must recertify every three years by obtaining a minimum of 45 qualifying CEUs or re-taking the exam. An organizer does not need to be a member of NAPO to become a CPO® or to maintain certification.

 
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NAPO Specialist Certificate FAQs for NAPO Members

Is there simple way to track what classes I have taken that will count towards a NAPO Specialist Certificate?
The tracking worksheet asks for code words but not all classes contain them.
Can I count the classes I've attended live at past conferences?
Can I use the Conference CDs that my chapter purchased? 
Can I download a class and watch it later?
Can I use a course for both CPO® credit and a NAPO Specialist Certificate?
Will the certificate require reapplying periodically?
How long will it take to receive my NAPO Specialist Certificate Badge?
What are the advantages of the All Access Bundle?
What are the advantages of the Passion for Learning Bundle?

 

Is there simple way to track what classes I have taken that will count towards a NAPO Specialist Certificate?
Yes, the NAPO Specialist Certificate in Workplace Productivity Tracking Worksheet and the NAPO Specialist Certificate in Residential Organizing Tracking Worksheet shows which classes can be used to earn your certificate and the platform on which the classes are delivered (e.g., OnDemand or Live). Use them to help you track your progress towards earning your certificate. 
Depending on the NAPO University classes you have taken already, you may find that purchasing a NAPO Education bundle is the most cost-effective way to take the classes you need to earn your certificate. You can see more information below about the bundles.

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In the Tracking Worksheets, you're instructed to add code words. Not all classes contain code words, but most of them do. Feel free to leave blank those classes which do not have code words.

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Yes, if you've attended a session within the last two years at a NAPO Conference that is now offered as a class towards a NAPO Specialist Certificate, and you have your certificate of attendance for that particular session.

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Can I use the Conference CDs that my chapter purchased?

All classes have to be taken and documented through NAPO University. If your chapter purchased CDs and one of those classes is now offered as a class towards a NAPO Specialist Certificate, you would be able to listen to it through NAPO University.

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Can I download a class and watch it later?

No, you cannot download a NAPO University class to watch or listen to at a later time. In order to receive credit for the class and maintain our intellectual property policies, classes will retain their streaming format and will not be available for download.

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Yes, you may use courses for the NAPO Specialist Certificate and for CPO® credit hours (as long as they are eligible according to the BCPO® Handbook).

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No, it will not. When you earn a NAPO Specialist Certificate, it does not require any upkeep or renewal. However, the certificate becomes invalid if your NAPO membership lapses, and the badge would have to be removed from all digital media and all marketing materials.

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How long will it take to receive my NAPO Specialist Certificate Badge?
It may take a week or two to see your certificate if there are many members applying at once. 

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What are the advantages of the All Access Bundle?

The All Access Bundle includes everything but Live classes (i.e., Conference Registration, On-Demand NAPO University Classes, and Conference Recordings) at a substantial discount. This will give you almost everything you need for the Specialist Tracks as well.Please note: most of the Live classes eligible for NAPO Specialist Certificate credit are offered as On Demand as well.

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What are the advantages of the Passion for Learning Bundle?

The Passion for Learning Bundle includes all NAPO University offerings except Live classes (i.e., On-Demand NAPO University Classes and Conference Recordings) at a substantial discount. Please note: most of the Live classes eligible for NAPO Specialist Certificate credit are offered as On Demand as well.

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