Certification - Frequently Asked Questions

Listen to the latest Question and Answer session on January 10,  2013.

When did the ICD Certificate Program begin?

The ICD Certificate Program began in October of 2001.

What is the difference between the ICD CPO-CD® certification and the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) credential offered through The Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPO)?

ICD’s certification is based on its own highly structured, intensive educational programs specific to our client work, with follow-up exams and assignments to prove earned proficiency for certification designation. BCPO offers a certification exam that requires prior organizing experience in order to qualify to take the exam. The certifications are different in approach and structure, and both are available to professional organizers depending on their own needs, purpose and educational/professional focus.

Why must I be a member of the ICD to work on the Certificate and Certification programs?

Certificates and ICD certification are currently only available to ICD subscribers. This is because our program requires participation in our teleclasses. Teleclasses are a benefit of subscribership. Tracking and registering subscribers for teleclasses is a difficult and time consuming process, therefore we restrict certificates and certification only to subscribers. To become an ICD subscriber, please visit our  subscribership page.

Why should I consider becoming a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic disorganization (CPO-CD)?

A Level III Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD®) is a Professional Organizer who has been educated in depth on the issues of chronic disorganization. The CPO-CD® student spends 17-20 months of intensive time studying and applying this learning in practical application with current clients. The purpose of the ICD CPO-CD® program is to develop a Professional Organizer’s skills and knowledge by utilizing a coaching-style relationship.

How long will it take me to earn a Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization?

A Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization can currently be achieved in about two weeks to six months. The exact time depends on the frequency with which you take the recorded and/or live teleclasses.

How do I find a Certificate application?

The Certificate applications are on the website under each corresponding Certificate. They can be downloaded and printed in PDF format. They can also be applied for online. Use this link to see the application for the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization. Click Here

When is the next Basic CD Class?

The Basic CD class is one of the permanent recordings for credit.  This recording, and others that are required for Level 1 Certificates of Study and for the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization, are available on the ICD website under Education > Teleclasses > Teleclass Recordings Overview.

How long will it take me to become a CD Specialist?

It is estimated to take between eight months to two years to earn your CD Specialist Certificate. The CD Exam must be taken and passed to complete this program. The CD Exam can be taken anytime after you have attended the Basic CD Class and read the required reading. You must complete the requirements and apply for your CD Specialist credential within two years of passing the CD Exam.

What is the CD Exam?

The CD Exam is a test required to be taken in order to receive your CD Specialist Certificate. The CD Exam is offered several times a year. The CD Exam is a 20 question multiple choice exam based on the required readings. The CD Exam must be taken in person and is not offered in any other way.

Do teleclass credits expire?

Teleclasses are good for three years.

Can I apply teleclasses for which I have received credit to multiple Level I Certificates of Study and/or to Level II Specialist Certificate requirements?

Teleclasses can be applied to a maximum of two certificates. Although many classes can be associated with multiple Level I or Level II Certificates, the subscriber can choose only two to which to apply each teleclass. Options include two Level I Certificates of Study or one Level I Certificate of Study and one Level II Specialist Certificate or two Level II Specialist Certificates. There is one exception to this rule: the same teleclass can't be applied to the Level II Specialist Certificate equivalent of a Level I Certificate of Study.

Are there recertification requirements?

Level I and II certificates never expire. To maintain Level III-V credentials, recertification every three years is required. Click here to see the recertification requirements.

How many people have earned their Certificates?

Over 60 percent of our subscribers have earned their Level I Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization. Over 29 percent of our subscribers have earned their Level II CD Specialist Certificate. Graduates from any ICD educational program are listed on our website by levels. Please visit our Graduate pages to check out the graduates.

What is the "Foundation" Certificate?

The Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization is required before a subscriber can be listed on the ICD website referral page.  It must be earned before any other ICD certificates will be granted.

What is the CD Exam?

The CD Exam is a test you must take in order to receive your CD Specialist Certificate. The CD Exam is a 20-question multiple-choice exam based on the required readings. It is offered several times a year and must be taken in person.

When can I take the CD Exam?

The CD Exam can be taken as long as you are an ICD subscriber and have taken the Basic CD class and read the required material. The passing of the CD Exam is not considered completion of the CD Specialist Certificate; it is only a component. The Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization and 9 additional teleclasses must be taken and an application must also be submitted for the Level II CD Specialist Certificate. Please visit the CD Exam page for upcoming dates and locations. For our CD Exam page, click here.

If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

For inquiries about teleclass topics or offerings, please contact the ICD Teleclass director at teleclassdir@challengingdisorganization.org. For information about the ICD Certification Program, please contact the Certification Program Director at CertDir@challengingdisorganization.org.

Do you have any payment plans?

We offer a payment plan on Level III only. For details, please see the current Level III CPO-CD ® Application. Click here.

Where can I learn more about the Certification Program?

You can listen to the online recording to Understanding the Certification Program by clicking here.

How will I know if I have achieved a Level I or II certificate?

Once your application is received, it will take six weeks for you to receive your certificate and for your new credential to be listed on the ICD website.

How much does it cost to receive a Certificate or Certification

See our current certificate price list. This does not include any phone charges you will receive from your long distance phone company provider for attending teleclasses. We encourage our subscribers to search out a low rate or purchase pre-paid calling cards to keep costs down.

What are the corresponding abbreviations for each Level I - Study Series Certificate

Please visit this page for visuals and descriptions. Click here.