We know you have a lot of questions about how to start your professional organizing business. You are probably wondering what is the “right” path to take to learn what you need to know to plan, launch, manage, grow and leverage your organizing business.
We receive many questions, and these are our top questions we are asked and our responses.
If you still have questions after readying through these, please call us (503-246-0710). We are happy to answer any questions you have about our training programs.
- How is your Fast Track Method training program different from other Professional Organizer training programs?
Our Training Program is a layered training and education opportunity for you to (1) launch your business as Professional Organizer, (2) have focused and guided work on your business infrastructure and work with a real client, (3) a rewarding on-going mentor relationship with Anne Blumer, CPO®, and (4) option to become a Master Professional Organizer. With each layer of our training and education program you will build skills and confidence working with clients and managing a business. Layer by layer we will provide you with increased protection that your business will thrive. You will not find another professional organizer training program with our unique layered approach, comprehensiveness, and affordability.
We provide participants ten hours of hands-on training with a client where they can practice their needs assessment approach and practice our successfully proven and trademarked 5 Steps to Organizing® process. This experience provides participants before/after pictures to get them started with their portfolio.
Participants receive a comprehensive manual containing sought after information, sample forms, reference materials, and resources.
We are competitively priced for the comprehensiveness, quality, and ongoing support you will receive. If you charge $60/hour you will recoup your investment of Layer 1 in as little as 16 hours and Layers 1, 2, and 3 in just 25 hours! Both in less than one week!! Here is what one participant had to say,
“The sessions are jam-packed with important, complete and relevant information for getting your business started in the near future. Also, I looked at NAPO's classes but the Institute for Professional Organizers program was going to cover all the areas of getting a professional organizing business started in a short time frame. I could have a complete and comprehensive overview without worrying about having holes in my training. And I could be up and running much faster.” Nicola Wood
We continue to support our participants after their training by phone, video conference, and e-mail at no cost. Other training programs offer an advance training program or follow-up support for a substantial fee.
We believe our comprehensive approach will substantially increase the success of a professional organizer’s business.
What is the trend in the professional organizing business?
Professional Organizing is one of the fastest growing service businesses today. The number of NAPO members has grown from 1,000 in 1998 to more than 3,500 in today!
What do I need to do to prepare for the training program?
Self-study materials (Layer 1) are provided for you to complete prior to arriving for the three day seminar Layer 2). Come to the seminar with enthusiasm, all of your questions, and know what you want to learn!
How many participants are in a training program?
Our Layer 2 training program class size minimum is two and maximum is four participants. Our curriculum is designed for small group communication discussion and sharing of information, experiences and ideas to enhance a participant’s learning outcomes. Additionally, a size smaller or larger would make the hands-on learning experience less meaningful for participants and the client.
Once a person completes this training are they a Certified Professional Organizer?
I am often asked, "After completing your training course will I be a Certified Professional Organizer®?" The short answer is no.
The long answer is you will receive a “Certificate of Professional Development and Attendance”. Layer 2 participants receive the designation of Institute for Professional Organizers certified. However, this does not give you the designation of Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® (see below).
Institute for Professional Organizers trained (Layer 1) or certified (Layer 2) are credentials and international brand for the professional organizer’s business launch through their first years and for those who want comprehensive training and certification on our methodologies, systems, and procedures. This also lets your clients know that you have taken a rigorous training program.
There are specific requirements to become a Certified Professional Organizer® or CPO® and they are explained in the The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO) Candidate's Handbook for the Certified Professional Organizer Credential.
When you compare the BCPO exam content with our curriculum you will find that our training program in combination with the 1,500 hours of paid client experience will give you a tremendous amount of information towards the BCPO certification.
Certification of any profession should never be as basic as completing a seminar or self-study course. To quote the BCPO handbook, "From an industry perspective, by becoming certified, an organizer will validate his or her knowledge and experience, based on the highest industry, psychometric, and legal standards. From the perspective of individual business, preparing for the examination is an opportunity to stay current in an increasingly competitive job market. From a personal perspective, sitting for the examination provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate the candidate’s self-confidence, professional commitment, and personal initiative in a professional environment governed by rigorous standards. A Certified Professional Organizer® will exemplify the importance of professional standards and contribute to evolving standards in the industry as a whole."