Chronic Disorganization Specialist® Certificate

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Level II Application fee waived April 2020 until further notice.

Certificate Description

The CD Specialist® Certificate builds on the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization. It is often the first Level II Specialist Certificate that a subscriber will earn as they pursue the Specialist Level of education.
A subscriber who holds the Level II Chronic Disorganization Specialist® Certificate has added breadth and depth to their studies in Chronic Disorganization.  
An ICD subscriber who has earned the Level II Chronic Disorganization Specialist® Certificate has completed 12 hours of general education in Chronic Disorganization.  They have read a minimum of four books related to chronic disorganization and passed an exam based on that reading.

The Requirements of the certificate are

  • Be a current ICD® Subscriber 
  • Have received the Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization within the last three years. Contact the Certification Program Director for information regarding waivers.
  • Complete required readings: 
    • 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, 2009
    • 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)

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

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  • Attend six additional classes that have the "CD" designation for the certificate area. None of these classes can have been used in your application for the Level I Foundation Certificate in Chronic Disorganization. Note: almost all ICD classes qualify for the CD designation - check the first pages of the class handout to confirm in the Certificates Earned section.
  • Pay for and pass the CD Exam in Chronic Disorganization. The Exam in Chronic Disorganization is composed of 25 multiple-choice questions, based on the above readings and general CD knowledge. - Visit our Exam Page.  There is a fee for the exam registration.
  • Complete an application for the Chronic Disorganization Specialist Certificate online. There is a fee for the Certificate application.
  • Pay the required certificate application fee.


 Please Note
  • Class credits are good for three (3) years
  • Classes can be applied to a maximum of two (2) different certificates. However, the same class cannot be applied to both the Level I Certificate of Study, as well as the Level II Specialist Certificate within the same subject area.