There are no formal prerequisites for becoming a Professional Organizer. Many organizers enter the organizing profession because they have a natural organizing ability and a desire to help others. Some enter the profession because they have struggled with organizational issues themselves and want to share the solutions they have found.
The education and past work experience of Professional Organizers varies and no formal education is required to become a Professional Organizer. Many new organizers learn from industry veterans. Organizers of all experience levels also participate in teleclasses, webinars and conference sessions offered by NAPO.
Certification is not required to become a Professional Organizer. Opportunities are available for certification for the experienced organizer, and many training opportunities exist for new and experienced organizers alike.
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) is a non-profit educational organization founded in 1985. NAPO is the premier national association dedicated to the field of organizing. NAPO serves its 4,200 members through education, networking, industry resources, and promoting the profession to the public. By joining NAPO, a professional organizer demonstrates commitment to the professional organizing industry.
The St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO-St. Louis), the 24th NAPO Chapter, was officially established in 2006. For more information on our chapter history, see our About page.
Professional Organizers who are also NAPO members have agreed to be a part of a community of professionals in a new and growing industry. NAPO members enjoy an affiliation with like-minded professionals who can support, mentor, and educate one another. Clients who work with a Professional Organizer who belongs to NAPO can be assured they are dealing with a professional who adheres to NAPO's Code of Ethics, which include providing confidentiality and fair, independent pricing to clients.
Membership is open to any Professional Organizer or prospective organizer who has already joined NAPO on a national level. To join, please visit our Apply for Membership page to fill out a membership application.
NAPO-St. Louis is always interested in hearing about new organizing products and related services. However, solicitation via our website tool is strictly prohibited.
If you believe that your product or service would benefit the professional organizing industry, we encourage you to consider becoming an Associate Member of our chapter. Please visit our Benefits of Associate Membership page to learn more about the benefits of associate membership and our Apply for Membership page to fill out an associate membership application.