The basic education credit program is comprised of a series of classes taught by experienced POC members. These classes are delivered via Zoom or are available as a pre-recorded webinar. Courses cover residential and business organizing, safety, basic marketing, assessments, working with seniors, as well as many other topics.
Currently, the program consists of the following courses:
E-101: Introduction to Professional Organizing and the POC Code of Ethics
This course gives a broad overview of the organizing industry, the history of POC and our Code of Conduct & Ethics. It defines the profession of organizing and discusses an organizing system / process used by many successful organizers.
E-102: The Assessment
This class provides a broad overview for Professional Organizers of the assessment process, including a step-by-step analysis of a potential client’s needs and expectations.
E-103: Fees and Billing
This class discusses issues that each Professional Organizer will wish to examine when setting fees for their own business. Knowing how to set, negotiate and defend (i.e., billing according to the value you bring to the client) rates is crucial.
E-104: Basic Residential Organizing
Suitable as an overview for Professional Organizers servicing the residential market. The class is designed to boost organizer confidence, with regard to managing time, storage and space issues in a residential setting.
E-105: Marketing and Public Relations for Professional Organizers
Organizing is a hot topic. In this class, you will learn the marketing, branding, and publicity basics to help you build the buzz for your business.
E-106: Organizing Tools for Professional Organizers
This class looks at a variety of tools that organizers use in their work with clients. Learn the essential components of a Professional Organizer’s tool kit, including organizing systems, storage solutions, time management products and business forms. The pros and cons of various products and how to choose appropriate tools for specific projects will be discussed.
E-107: Basic Office Organizing
Upon successful completion of this class, the learner will be able to identify what works for your client, assist in goal planning, use organizing strategies, set up efficient workspaces and learn about ergonomic resources.
E-108: Working with the Chronically Disorganized
This class provides an overview of the basic characteristics and possible factors leading to Chronic Disorganization (CD).
E-109: Safety Issues and Procedures
Establishing personal and environmental safety practices is important to you and your business. Awareness of the many possible health and safety issues you may encounter on the job will enable you to take the necessary steps to avoid – or minimize – the risks to you, your client and your business reputation.
E-111: Starting an Organizing Business Boundaries and Business Practices
In this class you will learn how to plan and start your own organizing business, from defining your business concept, developing a business plan, budgeting, legal considerations and establishing business practices that reflect your values and personal integrity.
200 Level Classes
E-201: Working with Seniors
This class will address safety, relocating, downsizing, and bereavement as they apply to the senior market. We will also discuss different ways to pace and price organizing projects to suit the lifestyle of senior clients.
E-203: Room-by-Room Organizing
This class builds upon the foundation of E-104 Basic Residential Organizing by discussing in more depth various areas of the home in which clients typically need help. Topics include typical issues, techniques and ideas for potential solutions within a number of main areas of the client’s home.
E-205: Closet and Pantry Organizing
This class focuses on how to make pantry and closet space efficient and functional. Learn techniques for sorting, prioritizing, storing and locating items for easy retrieval. Discover strategies for keeping these areas organized.
Trained Professional Organizer (TPO) Exam Requirements
To be eligible for the TPO exam, one must complete all ten 100-level classes and any two 200-level classes.