IFPOA join date: November, 2007 (Founding Member)
The National Association of Professional Organizers serves its members and the public by providing professional educational opportunities, industry leadership, productive partnerships and expert information and solutions to foster growth and fulfillment for all who work within the organizing and productivity industry or benefit from its services.
NAPO offers a wide range of educational curriculum created by and for professional organizers and productivity specialists. Our courses are offered through live, interactive webinars throughout the year. Each spring, we offer classroom training and skill development opportunities at our Annual Conference & Organizing Exposition, which attracts hundreds of industry professionals from around the world. In addition to formal educational opportunities, NAPO promotes peer-to-peer knowledge transfer by helping members connect, network and share news and information through our private web community, The NAPO Productivity & Organizing Interactive Networking Tool (POINT).
For the general public, we offer an online directory of NAPO organizers and productivity professionals in addition to timely topics of industry interest on Facebook and Pinterest. For the media, we offer an online interview request form to expedite response to press inquiries.
A Brief History
NAPO was founded in 1985 by Beverly Clower, Stephanie Culp, Ann Gambrell, Maxine Ordesky and Jeanie Schorr as a non-profit educational association for professional organizers. On September 12, 1987, NAPO held its first conference in Los Angeles, CA with the theme “Success Through Organizing.” Fifty members attended. Three years later, NAPO established a Board of Directors as its governing body and approved the first five of its now 35 chapters.
In 2005, NAPO proclaimed January as Get Organized MonthSM with a national public awareness campaign that promotes the benefits of organizing, productivity, and time management to individuals, families, and businesses. Each year, NAPO members across the U.S. hold educational events to share practical skills that help individuals bring order and efficiency into their lives.
In 2007, NAPO established The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® to recognize professionals who have met specific standards and have proven, through examination and client interaction, that they possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification.
The Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) credential is recognized worldwide.