Ruthann Betz-Essinger Named Inaugural Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®)

Birmingham, Alabama—Ruthann Betz-Essinger has received the prestigious designation of Certified Professional Organizer® (CPO®) from the Board of Certification for Professional Organizers (BCPOSM). She is a member of the Inaugural Class of Certified Professional Organizers and is recognized on both the BCPOSM and National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) Web sites.

“The program of certification for professional organizers acknowledges the importance and value of standards in our industry. The CPO® contributes to those evolving standards, and represents the epitome of competence, ethics, and professionalism,” says BCPO President Audrey Lavine, CPO®.

“I congratulate Ruthann Betz-Essinger on her initiative in being among the first to sit for the CPO® exam. Taking the CPO® exam demonstrates her commitment to the profession,” says NAPO President Standolyn Robertson, CPO®.

“The reason I pursued my CPO®,” says Donna Jaroslawski, CPO®, CPO-CD®, “after having obtained my CPO-CD® from NSGCD, is that once again it signifies one’s commitment to education. It signifies a commitment to dedication and professionalism for a professional organizer.”

Jane Woolsey, CPO®, President of Professional Organizers in Canada (POC), commented “POC is delighted that NAPO has spearheaded this important step in the development of the organizing industry, that POC was able to play a part on the development committee, and that BCPO has developed a fair and comprehensive examination that is open to all organizers, not just NAPO members. This truly sets the industry standard.”

Betz-Essinger will be honored in April 2008 at the major conference for the professional organizing industry, NAPO’s 20th Annual Conference in Reno, NV.

What is CPO® Certification?

CPO– Certification is a voluntary, industry-led effort which benefits the public and members of the organizing profession. CPO® Certification recognizes those professionals who have met specific minimum qualifications and proven through examination and client interaction to possess the body of knowledge and experience required for certification. The program recognizes and raises industry standards, practices, and ethics. While the CPO® designation is not an endorsement or recommendation, certification of professional organizers maximizes the value received from the services provided and products recommended by a CPO®.

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