LEVEL III: Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization - CPO-CD®

Level III Entrance Application - January 2018 (online)

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 mentor-style relationship. This program provides the intermediate and advanced professional organizer an environment and forum to discuss client issues, problems and challenges. Participation in the CPO-CD® program develops professional integrity and improves an organizer's communication skills. The CPO-CD® program is specifically geared to improve the quality of service, techniques and knowledge professional organizers provide to their CD clients.

The Level III program starts in January. Applications will be posted in mid-October and will be due in mid-November.

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Please contact Laurene Livesey Park, Certification Program Director for more details at certdir@challengingdisorganization.org

To participate in this program a Professional Organizer will need to:

  • Have been working as a professional organizer for at least two (2) years
  • Currently working professionally with at least three (3) clients
  • Experience with five (5) CD clients
  • Be a current ICD subscriber for at least two (2) years
  • Have received CD Specialist Certificate and one other ICD Level II Specialist Certificate within the last 2 years. Click here for waiver information.
  • Have received the Level I Certificate of Study in two of the following three areas:
    • Level I Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client Certificate
    • Level I Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client Certificate
    • Level I Understanding the Needs of the Aging CD Client Certificate
  • Meet "class" deadlines for enrollment application. One class will be held per year. Each class will progress through the program at the same pace.
  • Be willing to earn a total of 50 service points, including
    • 30 ICD Service points
    • 10 Public Service points
    • 10 additional service points, either Public or ICD


  • Complete an application for program admittance and mail it with appropriate fees to the ICD. Program fee is $3,000. A payment plan is available. See application for details.
  • Be willing to sign a statement of confidentiality with assigned ICD Training Program coach

Program Components:

Total Time Commitment: 200+ hours, depending upon each individual's learning styles, strengths and challenges, spread over 20 months

  • Orientation - 1 hour
  • Telephone Meeting with assigned mentor for 18 hours (note 4 hours earned in first month of program)
  • ICD Service - 30 to 40 ICD Service Points  (5 points may be credited and earned prior to program admittance or acceptance)
  • CD Direct Service - 10 to 20 Public Service Points
  • Complete Level I Basic ADD Issues with the CD Client Certificate, Level I Basic Hoarding Issues with the CD Client Certificate, and Level I Understanding the Needs of the Aging CD Client Certificate (may be earned prior or simultaneously) - 12 hours
  • Complete total of three Specialist Certificates, CD plus two of ADD Specialist, Hoarding Specialist, or Aging Specialist (may be earned prior or simultaneously) estimated 50 hours
  • Complete Statistical Survey and program paperwork (estimated monthly- 20 minutes) - 6 hours
  • Complete CPO-CD® Required Reading List – estimated 30 hours
  • Complete Program Assignments and Written Projects (five written book analyses, written case and assessment studies) estimated 80 hours
  • Sit for 1 hour Peer Panel Review for Graduation. Candidate must complete an application to have a Peer Panel Review. A fee is charged for the Peer Review, and candidates must complete an application and submit by appropriate deadline.

Peer Reviews:

Peer reviews are held annually at the ICD Conference.  Applicants starting the program in January of one year usually sit for Peer Review at the conference of the following year.

Upon passing the Peer Panel Review (consists of two - five ICD subscribers, all of whom are CPO-CD® program graduates), and completion of all required course work, candidates will be awarded the Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization (CPO-CD) credential.

Click here for information regarding Recertification