I am proud to let you know that I am a member of NAPO which is the National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals!
Directly from www.napo.net, the organization consists of The National Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals™ (NAPO®) has approximately 3,500 members dedicated to helping people and organizations bring order and efficiency to their lives. NAPO’s mission is to be the leading source for organizing and productivity professionals by providing exceptional education, enhancing business connections, advancing industry research, and increasing public awareness.
NAPO defines Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant as follows:
Professional Organizer: supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around objects, space, and data; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding function, order, and clarity.
Productivity Consultant: supports evaluation, decision-making, and action around time, energy, and resources; helping clients achieve desired outcomes regarding goals, effectiveness, and priorities.
I began my Professional Organizing business in 2012. I had been a NAPO member for several years. I rejoined the national organization fairly recently. The organization has two membership levels – Provisional and Professional member. New members are considered Provisional. You are considered a Professional member once you have successfully completed several online courses. I worked very hard over the last few weeks and passed all of the required courses.
The first course is Fundamental Organizing and Productivity Principles. In this first course, there were three separate lecture presentations totaling approximately 6 hours.
The second course is Fundamental Organizing and Productivity Skills. This course consisted of two lecture presentations totaling approximately 3 hours and 40 minutes.
The third course is Ethics for Professional Organizers and Productivity Specialists which is one lecture presentation totaling approximately an hour.
I found all three of these courses very relevant to the work I have performed in the past and an excellent reminder as I move forward with gaining new clients.
The topics were very well presented and interesting. I was thrilled that I had been conducting myself well with clients for the last 7 years and had already utilized many, many of the ideas presented.
Professional organizing is truly much more that organizing your home. One of the many values of working with a professional organizer is the ability to work hand-in-hand and be coached on methods to continue the organizing process for a long time after the original project. The professional organizer will often give helpful tips and information so that the client can continue their progress after the organizer leaves.
I am looking forward to the next NAPO University course that I will be taking. It is a Specialist Certificate in Household Management. 8 courses are required for certification and I will be able to take all 22 of the courses available regarding Household Management.
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