NAPO - National Association of Professional Organizers
The National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) has a membership of approximately 4,300 professional organizers who help individuals and businesses maximize their resources to improve productivity, sense of balance and achieve their goals on all levels. NAPO's vision is to globally make it aware, the value of how the use of organizing skills can improve all lives, along with recognizing NAPO as the leading organizing authority.
NAPO serves professional organizers and help consumers and prospective professional organizers who are interested in becoming an organizer. NAPO offers programs, information and guidance for all of the above groups.
NAPO Mission Statement
The mission of the National Association of Professional Organizers is to develop, lead, and promote professional organizers and the organizing industry.
A professional organizer enhances the lives of clients by designing custom organizing systems and processes and by transferring organizing skills. A professional organizer also educates the public on organizing solutions and the resulting benefits. NAPO currently has nearly 4,300 members throughout the U.S. and in 12 other countries.
NAPO, the Professional Organizer and the Client
NAPO assists its professional organizing members with establishing credibility amongst prospective clients. Professional organizers with the NAPO member logo their business card or website tells prospective clients that the professional organizer belongs to a recognized and reliable association where they are required to adhere to a code of ethics when conducting business.
NAPO Code of Ethics
This Code of Ethics is a set of principles to provide guidelines for professional organizers when conducting with clients, colleagues, and the community. All NAPO members must adhere to the following NAPO Code of Ethics:
As a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, I pledge to exercise judgment, self-restraint, and conscience in my conduct in order to establish and maintain public confidence in the integrity of NAPO members and to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of organizing.
- I will serve my clients with integrity, competence, and objectivity, and will treat them with respect and courtesy.
- I will offer services in those areas in which I am qualified and will accurately represent those qualifications in both verbal and written communications.
- When unable or unqualified to fulfill requests for services, I will make every effort to recommend the services of other qualified organizers and/or other qualified professionals.
- I will advertise my services in an honest manner and will represent the organizing profession accurately.
- I will keep confidential all client information, both business and personal, including that which may be revealed by other organizers.
- I will use proprietary client information only with the client's permission.
- I will keep client information confidential and not use it to benefit myself or my firm, or reveal this information to others.
- I will decide independently and communicate to my client in advance my fees and expenses, and will charge fees and expenses which I deem reasonable, legitimate, and commensurate with my experience, the services I deliver, and the responsibility I accept.
- I will make recommendations for products and services with my client's best interests in mind.
- I will seek and maintain an equitable, honorable, and cooperative association with other NAPO members and will treat them with respect and courtesy.
- I will respect the intellectual property rights (materials, titles, and thematic creations) of my colleagues, and other firms and individuals, and will not use proprietary information or methodologies without permission.
- I will act and speak on a high professional level so as not to bring discredit to the organizing profession.
The above Code of Ethics is taken direct from the NAPO website.
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NAPO and the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®)
NAPO developed a certification program for professional organizers and operates as the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers® (BCPO®). NAPO professional organizing members may voluntarily become a Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®) to prove further credibility, validating their knowledge and experience, base on the highest industry, psychometric, and legal standards.
Learn more about the Certified Professional Organizer (CPO®).