Specialist Certificate: Residential Organizing

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Ready to dive deeper into the residential world of organizing? The Residential Organizing track will strengthen your foundation in residential organizing by means of three basic class divisions. Choosing classes from each division will equip the residential organizer with a well-rounded diversity of knowledge: 
  • The Core classes focus on factors affecting the development and management of your business. 
  • The Client Interaction classes focus on ways in which you inter-personally relate to your clients through recognition and boundaries and help you to connect with your clients to provide a teaching environment. 
  • The Skills classes offer a variety of subjects to sharpen already present skill-sets or to add new tools to your toolbox to expand your marketability. 

Course Requirements

You must be a NAPO Professional Member to obtain a Specialist Certificate.
You must complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in the following:
  • Two Core Courses
    • OD2-206 Project Management for Professional Organizers 
    • L/OD2-207 Client Intake Interviews (Live) (On-Demand)
    • L/OD2-208 Needs Assessment and Action Plan(Live) (On-Demand)
    • OD4-402 Safety in the Organizing Environment
  • Two Client Interaction Courses 
    • OD3-301 Transference of Organizational Skills
    • OD3-303 Understanding Learning and Thinking Styles (Live)
    • OD4-401 The Magic of Motivating
    • OD4-403 Managing Client Expectations
  • Four Skills Courses
    • OD1-107 Eliminating Excess(Live) (On-Demand)
    • OD1-108 Less is More: Maximizing Small Residential Spaces
    • OD1-109 Photo Organizing
    • CR1-113 Smart Space Design
    • CR1-116 Organized Solutions for Overwhelmed Families
    • OD2-202 Paper Management Systems for Residential Clients
    • OD2-204 Organizing Digital Information
    • OD2-205 Organizing – Eyes Toward Redesign
    • OD2-209 Home Inventories
    • CR2-211 The Chronic-ness of Chronic Disorganization
    • CR2-221 Grow Your Organizing Business with the Team Approach
    • CR3-304 Still Someone: Organizing Older Adults with Memory Loss
    • CR3-305 Booming Your Baby Boomer Business
    • CR4-407 How Organizers Engage Students
    • CR4-408 ADHD in the Family: How to Really Help
    • CR4-421 Beyond the Label Maker: Tools of the Trade

Additional Course Information
  • Some courses are listed in both the Workplace Productivity and Residential Organizing Specialist Certificates. Two of the courses may be applied to both the Workplace Productivity and Residential Organizing tracks. 
  • To qualify, courses must have been taken within a 2-year window, prior to submitting your NAPO Specialist Certificate application.* 

Note: In the attached Tracking Worksheet, 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.


Applying for Your Certificate




To Obtain Your Certificate:

  • Complete the required specialist certificate courses
  • Complete the NAPO Specialist Certificate application located below.
  • You must be a Professional Member in good standing at the time of application. 

Your application will be reviewed. If the NAPO Specialist Certificate requirements are met, you will be sent your NAPO Specialist Certificate digital web badge within 14 days of receipt of your application.

Note: Your completed application for the NAPO Specialist Certificate is subject to detailed audit.

Any conference recording that goes back beyond two years no longer counts because there was a 90 day grace period to use them. When someone applies for a Specialist Track from this point going forward, their classes have to all have been taken in a two year period and have to be done and documented through NAPO University.

You may remember, we offered a special Introductory-Roll Out period in which members could apply for a Specialist Certificate and use classes they had previously completed at any point in their professional development. Now that that period has ended, all applicants for Specialist Certificates are required to have completed their Specialist Certificate classes within the two years prior to submitting their application. For example, if you submit your application on February 1, 2017, you are certifying that the classes you chose on your application were completed between February 1, 2015 and February 1, 2017 and not outside of that window. Most of our NAPO Specialist Certificate classes are offered on-demand, and with the new NAPO University site and bundles like Passion for Learning, they are easier than ever to afford and access.
All classes have to be completed and documented through NAPO University.

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