Frequently Asked Questions about ICD Certification


When did the ICD Certificate Program begin?

The ICD Certificate Program began in October of 2001.

Why should I consider becoming a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization® (CPO-CD®)?

        This is an amazing program – I’ve learned, I’ve stretched and I’ve connected. The title CPO-CD is a title to be worn with pride for the work put in.                Shawndra Holmberg CPO-CD®

        This is catered education for the CD Client. The combination of book knowledge and street smarts helps our CD Clients Hilary Case CPO-CD®

Why must I be a subscriber of the ICD to work on the Certificate and Certification programs?

We are an educational organization and our program requires participation in our classes. Your Premium Subscriber annual dues pay for up to 40 live classes and and as many as two years' worth of recorded classes. To become an ICD subscriber, please visit our subscribership page.

What is the "Foundation" Certificate?

The Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization is the Level I Basic CD Certificate, and is required before a subscriber can be listed on the ICD website referral page. It also must be earned before any other ICD certificates will be granted.

How long will it take me to earn a Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization?

A Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization can be earned in 6 hours of class time.

How do I find a Certificate application?

The Certificate applications are on the website under each corresponding Certificate. They can be applied for online. Use this link to see the application for the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization.

When is the next Basic CD Class?

The Basic CD class is one of the permanent recordings for credit. This recording, and others that are required for Level I Certificates of Study and for the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization, are available through the ICD website on the page of each certificate.

How long will it take me to become a CD Specialist?

It is estimated to take between four months to one year to earn your CD Specialist Certificate. The CD Exam must be taken and passed to complete this program. The CD Exam can be taken anytime after you have attended the Basic CD Class and read the required reading. You must complete the requirements and apply for your CD Specialist credential within two years of passing the CD Exam.

What is the CD Exam?

The CD Exam is a test you must take in order to receive your CD Specialist Certificate. The CD Exam is a 25-question multiple-choice exam based on the required readings. It is offered several times a year online.

When can I take the CD Exam?

The CD Exam can be taken as long as you are an ICD subscriber and have taken the Basic CD class and read the required material. The passing of the CD Exam is one component of the CD Specialist Certificate. The Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization and 6 additional classes must be taken and an application must be submitted for the Level II CD Specialist Certificate. Please visit the ** Exam page for upcoming dates.

Do class credits expire?

Credit from classes are good for three years.

Can I apply classes for which I have received credit to multiple Level I Certificates of Study and/or to Level II Specialist Certificate requirements?

Classes can be applied to a maximum of two certificates. Although many classes can be associated with multiple Level I or Level II Certificates, the subscriber can choose only two to which to apply each class. Options include two Level I Certificates of Study or one Level I Certificate of Study and one Level II Specialist Certificate or two Level II Specialist Certificates. There is one exception to this rule: the same class can't be applied to the Level II Specialist Certificate equivalent of a Level I Certificate of Study.

Are there recertification requirements?

Level I and II certificates never expire. To maintain Level III, IV and V credentials, re-certification every three years is required. Click here to visit the re-certification page.

How many people have earned their Certificates?

Over 60 percent of our subscribers have earned their Level I Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization. Over 29 percent of our subscribers have earned their Level II CD Specialist Certificate. Graduates from any ICD educational program can be searched on our website by levels. 

If I have additional questions, who do I contact?

For inquiries about class topics or offerings, please contact the ICD Education Director at [email protected]

For information about the ICD Certification Program, please contact the Certification Program Director at [email protected]

How will I know if I have achieved a Level I or II certificate?

Once your application is received, it will take no more than two weeks for you to receive your certificate by email and for your new credential to be indicated on your profile on the ICD website.

How much does it cost to receive a Certificate or Certification

See our current certificate price list. This does not include any phone charges you will receive from your long distance phone company provider for attending classes. We encourage our subscribers to search out a low rate or purchase pre-paid calling cards to keep costs down.