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Course Description

The need for Professional Organizers is growing rapidly as a sector of the employment and business industry. Based on industry growth statistics there is no better time to begin your own professional organizing business. Your services are in high demand for clients in homes and businesses as they strive to improve efficiency, optimize operations, and gain control over their work-life balance.
In this course we look at a number of key topics you need to know to get your business successfully off the ground. We teach you how to become a professional organizer and how to begin your business. We cover licensing and other related business legalities. We'll review successful steps to organizing anything, website development, office and mobile set up as well as how to organize your business, your supplies, and your workflow. Then we discuss client management and other methods to propel your business and increase your income. We also include easy-to-use checklists, tips, and ideas to help you develop your dream.
If you have a talent for organizing and want to find out how to set up your own Professional Organizing business, then this course is where you need to begin. Not only will answers be provided on what a professional organizer is, potential earnings and possible clientele, and various organizing tips;  this course will also provide information about available resources and how to begin the nuts and bolts of writing up your business plan and goals. Provided marketing strategies and tips will wrap up this informative course and get you ready to begin!
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a professional organizer does.
  • Describe essential characteristics of a successful professional organizer.
  • Define popular organizing techniques.
  • Describe how to organize the individual.
  • Describe how to organize a home.
  • Describe how to organize a business.
  • Describe the requirements for starting an organizing business.
  • Describe marketing a professional organizing business, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

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Lesson 1: What Is a Professional Organizer?

Individuals use professional organizers for a number of reasons, and there are benefits for both the pro and the client. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Professional Organizer Frequently Asked Questions
  • Review Video: How to Become a Professional Organizer
  • Review Video: Become a Professional Organizer!
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: How Do I Start?

In this lesson, we will discuss some of the business planning needs for becoming an organizing professional. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: How to Start a Personal Organizing Business on a Budget
  • Review Article: Being a Professional Organizer
  • Review Article: Business Contract
  • Review Video: Tools to Start Your Professional Organizing Office
  • Review Video: Start a Professional Organizing Business
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Professional Organizer Certification, Skills, and Training Requirements

The type of organizing you want to do will help determine what type of training you need, or certifications you may want to acquire. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Estate Organization Portfolio
  • Review Article: Find or Start a MeetUp Group
  • Review Video: What is a Certified Professional Organizer, and How Do I Become One?
  • Review Video: What you should know about becoming a Professional Organizer
  • Review Video: Professional Organizer Salary
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Licensing and Other Business-Related Tips

This lesson will cover information the professional organizer will want to make sure they have incorporated in their business, and general information you should know as you conduct your consultations. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: How to Start a Business
  • Review Article: State Start-Up Requirements for Small Businesses
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Pricing and Costing Your Services -- Pricing Rate Structure

You have to take several factors into account as you price your services, which include your profit, the amount you will be required to pay in taxes, any labor and overhead costs. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Legal Requirements for Starting Your Business
  • Review Article: What Do Professional Organizers Charge?
  • Review Article: Professional Organizers Information
  • Review Article: Professional Organizer Cost
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Organizing Professional Marketing Strategies

Marketing is key to the success of any business. We will show you numerous methods and techniques you can use to develop your professional organizing business, or position it as a leader in the marketplace. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Marketing Tips for Professional Organizers
  • Review Article: How to Market a Professional Organizer Business
  • Review Video: Professional Organizer Marketing Strategies
  • Review Video: Internet Marketing for Professional Organizers
  • Review Video: Social Media Strategies for Professional Organizers
  • Review Video: Secrets to Small Business Marketing Success
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Website Development

A significant portion of your clients will be driven to your business by the use of the Internet, and through your website. 14 Total Points
  • Review Article: FlyLady
  • Review Article: Home Decor Contemporary
  • Review Video: Professional Organizers Review Websites
  • Review Video: How To Make a Website Yourself
  • Review Video: Make a Website
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Four Steps to Organizing Anything: Assess, Plan, Implement, Evaluate

In this lesson, we will discuss the mechanics of how you organize for your clients: assess, plan, implement, evaluate. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Getting Rid of Sentimental Clutter
  • Review Video: Assess Your Space
  • Review Video: Tthe importance of purging your belongings
  • Review Video: Organizing And Planning Your Space
  • Review Video: Outline Your Plan
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Setting Up Your Business - Office and Mobile Set-Up

Now we will discuss set-up of your business, and how to manage business and project operations. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Free Business Cards
  • Review Video: How To Set Up A Productive Office
  • Review Video: Office Organization Ideas
  • Review Video: Home Office Organization Help
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Professional Organizing Business Workflow Management

As you grow as a professional organizer, you will develop a number of ways to produce the highest quality results, with less effort and less time. Quite a bit of your ability to develop synergy resides in how you develop standard templates and standard methods to work with each client. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Organizer's Toolkit
  • Review Article: Professional Organizer Service Definitions
  • Review Video: Workflow Management: Visualized
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Developing Plans and Designs

As you develop your project plan, there are four key steps of this process: communication, preliminary assessment, project plan development, and implementation. 12 Total Points
  • Review Article: Example of Business Designs
  • Review Article: Design and Development Plans
  • Review Article: Design Process Steps
  • Review Article: Organize My Life
  • Review Article: My Home Ideas
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment - A Special Organizing Tip Just for You
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Organizing Systems and Supplies

In this lesson, we will cover some of the more common organizing systems you should consider using while developing your business. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Tips for Organized Closets
  • Review Article: Miscellaneous Organizing Tips
  • Review Article: Stacks & Stacks
  • Review Article: CableOrganizer
  • Review Article: Organized Home
  • Review Video: How to Organize Bathrooms
  • Review Video: How to Organize Documents
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Assignment - The Details of Setting Up a Professional Organizing Business
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Additional Approaches to Organizing Home Areas

As you plan for the organization of a specific home or office area, be aware of the personal preferences of the owner. You have to change the way that your clients think about organization by providing them the knowledge behind a different approach. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Office Organizing Tips
  • Review Article: Ideas for Organizing Kid's Areas
  • Review Article: Organizing Filing Systems
  • Review Article: Easy Closets
  • Review Video: Organizing a Home Office
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Client Management and Administration, Networking, and Referrals

In order to grow your business, you need the right application and balance of client management to secure additional referrals. 15 Total Points
  • Review Article: Check Lists
  • Review Video: Organizer
  • Review Video: Filing System tips
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Assignment : Your Niche/Specialization
  • Complete: Exam 14

Lesson 15: Other Tips to Propel Your Business

You have a number of options for business expansion and this lesson will explore these areas. 80 Total Points
  • Review Article: More Organizing Information
  • Review Article: Staged Homes...Before and After
  • Review Article: Staged Homes
  • Complete: Exam 15
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Professional Organizer Training
Course Number: 9770439
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
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Course Fee: $55.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $80.00

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Student Testimonials

  • "What was most helpful was learning about the many aspects of Organizing Principles specific to Organizing both the home and office that is how to develop systems....The instructor proved to be quite accessible, knowledgeable and timely in her feedback as well as excellent in her turn around of grading materials. She also provided outstanding course materials which exceeded my expectations. " -- Ameenah L.
  • "Every part of this course was helpful. I am very excited to get started with my business!" -- Anna S.
  • "What was most helpful was the marketing and advertizing section. I had to do a lot of research to put a marketing plan together, which helped me focus on what I wanted to do." -- Birgitte K.
  • "The instructor is very good about responding quickly and she takes time to personalize her comments....Very good course. I really learned a lot and was challenged to get to work." -- Debra B.
  • "The content of the material was very helpful. It showed me different aspects that I wouldn't have normally thought about. The instructor was very nice in responding to emails timely. I found writing the marketing/business plan VERY hard, but in the end very useful!!...In the last month that I have completed the online course, I have started my business and because of the knowledge I gained from taking this class, everything is running smoothly. Thanks for a great learning experience!!" -- Stephanie R.
  • "I found it all helpful....It was a course that gets you to realize that you need to be creative and think on your feet and never stop learning or finding new ways to solve problems and grow. The instructor was very friendly and helpful; a talented teacher." -- Vikki G.
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