CD Exam

The CD Exam (required for the Level II Chronic Disorganization Specialist Certificate) is held three times a year, at the ICD conference, the NAPO conference, and the POC conference.

Qualifying Requirements

The CD Exam is only open to members of the ICD. Upcoming candidates for CD Specialist may take the CD Exam providing they have received their Foundation Certificate of Study in Chronic Disorganization. The reading material needs to have been read. Attendance at the Study Sessions is optional. See Study Session section below.

CD Exam Components

The CD Exam will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions based on the required reading material. The required reading is focused on chronic disorganization issues and dealing with CD clients.

The ICD Guide to Challenging Disorganization For Professional Organizers, edited by Kate Varness, Institute for Challenging Disorganization, 2012.  Pages 1 through 107, 128 through 148, 163 through 196 and 280 through 288. (Buy it on Amazon)

What Every Professional Organizer Needs to Know about Chronic Disorganization by Judith Kolberg. Squall Press.

Making Peace with the Things in Your Life by Cindy Glovinsky. St. Martin's Griffin, 2002.
(Buy it on Amazon)

Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults by Thomas E. Brown. Yale University Press, 2005. Only chapters 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7. (Buy it on Amazon) (Buy it on Amazon for the Kindle)

It is recommended that you review the required teleclasses and their handouts before writing the exam.

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The fee to take the CD Exam is $139.00. Those passing the exam will receive a Certificate of Passing. This document is required for completion of the CD Specialist Certificate.

Testing Accommodations

“ICD will make reasonable and appropriate testing accommodations to
subscribers when required.  It is the student’s responsibility to make a request for accommodations in writing to the Certification Program Director at least six weeks before the date the exam is scheduled to be administered.  The request needs to include the following:

  • State the accommodation being requested
  • Identify the reasons for the accommodation and include supporting documentation
  • Provide suggestions as to how the accommodation can be achieved.”

Study Sessions

The study sessions are online for the CD exam.
In-person study sessions will be offered at the annual ICD Conference.

Post-Exam Requirements and Applications

The CD Specialist Certificate will be granted provided the specific application requirements are completed. This includes taking nine additional teleclasses and earning the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization within three years of taking the CD Exam.

Click here for the Level II CD Specialist Requirements