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National Association of Professional Organizers - Chicago

NAPO Chicago Membership Categories

Once you are a member of NAPO, you are eligible to join the Chicago chapter, NAPO Chicago, in the same membership category as your NAPO membership. Read on for more details, or join now.

If you are a related professional (not a professional organizer) and interested in becoming a Corporate Associate Member, complete your application for membership on the Become a Corporate Associate page.


There are several categories of NAPO Chicago memberships. You will join NAPO Chicago using the same membership category as your NAPO membership. See Membership Fees and Privileges for additional detail. 

NAPO Membership Categories *

* Please Note: Applications for Employees of Professional Members, Emeritus Members, Academic Members, and Student Members are processed via email rather than online.  Please email Membership@NAPOChicago.com for application information. 

All new applications are subject to a $10 processing fee. 

New Provisional Member applications submitted online will be activated the following business day. 

It is the policy of NAPO Chicago that membership dues are non-refundable.


Provisional Member

An individual who aspires to become a Professional Member and has joined NAPO as a Provisional Member is eligible to join NAPO Chicago as a Provisional Member. A Provisional Member may advance to Professional Member status only after successfully completing the three courses in the NAPO Professional Practices Curriculum.

A Provisional Member enjoys many NAPO Chicago membership benefits, including a listing in the Find-an-Organizer directory, but cannot serve as a Director on the Board or as an Officer of the Association.

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Professional Member

An individual who is a Professional Member of NAPO may join NAPO Chicago as a Professional Member.

Professional membership is offered at two levels:

  • Professional Member without employees
  • Professional Member with employees

A Professional Member is entitled to the full range of NAPO Chicago membership benefits, including a listing in the Find-an-Organizer director, voting privileges, eligibility to serve as a Director on the Board, and eligibility to serve as an Officer of the Association.

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Employee of Professional Member

An Employee of a Professional Member of NAPO is an individual who is currently employed by a NAPO Chicago Professional Member to do business primarily in the field of professional organizing services.  An Employee of a Professional Member of NAPO can join NAPO Chicago as an Employee of Professional Member. 

This level of membership must be purchased by the Professional Member employer, who is required to submit a copy of the W-2 form, along with the employee's application for each employee seeking membership as an Employee of Professional Member. 

The membership belongs to the Professional Member (the employer), and is transferable to another designated employee with written notification to NAPO Chicago.

An Employee of Professional Member is entitled to the full range of NAPO Chicago’s membership benefits, including a listing in the Find-an-Organizer director, voting privileges, eligibility to serve as a Director on the Board, and eligibility to serve as an Officer of the Association.

NOTE: If you are a Professional Member with Employees and would like to purchase memberships for your employees, email Membership@napochicago.com for an application. 

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Emeritus Member

An individual who is an Emeritus Member of NAPO can become an Emeritus Member of NAPO Chicago. Retired Professional Members are eligible for Emeritus Membership once they are no longer engaged in the organizing and/or productivity profession, are at least 55 years of age, and have been a NAPO member for at least 15 years.

An Emeritus Member will continue to receive many of NAPO Chicago’s membership benefits, including voting privileges, eligibility to serve as a Director on the Board, and eligibility to serve as an Officer of the Association.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in Emeritus Membership must contact the Membership Director via email at Membership@napochicago.com.

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Allied Member

An Allied Member of NAPO is an individual who is employed by a government agency, post-secondary educational institution, non-profit organization, for-profit entity, or is self-employed, and is engaged as an organizing and/or productivity professional who does not offer services to the public.  An Allied Member of NAPO may join NAPO Chicago as an Allied Member.

An Allied Member receives several NAPO Chicago’s membership benefits, but does not have general voting privileges and cannot serve as a Director on NAPO Chicago's Board or as an Officer of the Association.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in Allied Membership must contact the Membership Director via email at Membership@napochicago.com.

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Academic Member

An Academic Member of NAPO is an individual who is employed as an educator, academic researcher or writer and is engaged in an area of study within the organizing and/or productivity profession at an accredited college or university (but does not offer organizing or productivity services to the public).  Academic Members of NAPO may join NAPO Chicago as an Academic Member.

An Academic Member receives several of NAPO Chicago’s membership benefits, but does not have general voting privileges and cannot serve as a Director on NAPO Chicago's Board or as an Officer of the Association.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in Academic Membership are required to contact the Membership Director via email at Membership@napochicago.com.

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Student Member

A Student Member of NAPO is an individual who is enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited college or university.  A Student Member of NAPO may join NAPO Chicago as a Student Member. A Student Member receives selected NAPO Chicago membership benefits, but does not have general voting privileges and cannot serve as a Director on NAPO Chicago's Board or as an Officer of the Association.

NOTE: Individuals who are interested in Student Membership are required to contact the Membership Director via email at Membership@napochicago.com.

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