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*NEW* Specialist Certificate: Life Transitions

New to NAPO U!
Life transitions are challenging because they force us to let go of the familiar and face the future with a feeling of vulnerability. Whether positive or negative, life transitions can force us to adjust to new ways of living, being and working, at least temporarily. How to deal with life transitions can be quite challenging. This Track is designed to provide support, ideas and tools for PO’s/PC’s to help their clients face these challenges, either at home or work. This Track will strengthen your foundation and equip you with skills to share with your clients and skills for coping as you work through the transition. 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
    • OD 1-118 Understanding and Navigating Life Transitions
    • OD 2-227 Organized Transitions: Project Management for Life's Milestones
    • OD 4-425 Organizing for Life's Unexpected Curve Balls
    • OD 4-427 Graduating Into Adulthood: Spring-boarding to Independence
    • OD 4-428 Life After 40: Finding a New Focus for the Future
  • Two Client Interaction Courses
    • OD 3-301 Transference of Organizational Skills
    • OD 3-303 Understanding Learning and Thinking Styles (Live)
    • OD 4-401 The Magic of Motivating
    • OD 4-403 Managing Client Expectations
    • OD 4-424 When Communication Works: How to Communicate Effectively with Clients
    • OD 4-426 Transform Your Client Relationship: An Introduction to Coaching
  • Four Skills Courses
    • CR 1-116 Organizing Solutions for Overwhelmed Families
    • OD 2-214 Digital Disorganization
    • CR 2-222 Bridging the Gap Through Virtual Organizing
    • CR 2-224 Organizing Dead People
    • CR 3-304 Still Someone: Organizing Older Adults with Memory Loss
    • CR 4-407 How Organizers Engage Students
    • CR 4-420 Demystifying the Deaccession and Appraisal of Household Contents
    • CR 2-607 The Art of Letting Go
    • CR 2-609 Relos Near, Far and Far, Far Away
    • CR 4-619 Demystifying Health Insurance Claims and EOB's

Additional Course Information
  • Some courses are also listed on the Workplace Productivity and Residential Organizing Specialist Certificate Tracks. Two of the courses may be applied to two  tracks - usually the client interaction courses. 
  • To qualify, courses must have been taken within a 2-year window, prior to submitting your NAPO Specialist Certificate application.

Code Words
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 from AH Validation Services. Certificate Badges are issued the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month.

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

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