Courses and Exam Policies

POC offers a number of courses, webinars and a Trained Professional Organizers exam. This page contains important information about the policies and proceedures for these educational offerings.

POC Teleclass Information

  • registration closes approximately 96 hours before the day of the scheduled class
  • handouts and call-in information will be provided within 48 - 72 hours prior to the start time of the class
  • no late registrations will be accepted
  • transfers / refunds will only be provided in cases of:
    • POC error
    • accident causing bodily harm
    • a death in the family
  • waitlists cannot be accommodated; sign up early to avoid disappointment
  • handouts and call info will be emailed ONLY to the address in your POC profile

POC Trained Professional Organizer Exam Information

Exam Guidelines:

  • Completion of twelve (12) classes - ten (10) core classes and any two (2) specialty classes is mandatory in order to write the exam. POC members who have been a member for a minimum of the past 3 consecutive years can challenge the exam.
  • Only POC members are eligible to write the Trained Professional Organizer Exam. Become a member.
  • exams are currently held twice per year:
    • in late May and June, Chapters are invited to host the Trained Professional Organizer exam. Dates are determined in the Spring. Please contact your Chapter (or your nearest Chapter) to express your interest and for details.
    • the second exam offered is at the time of the Annual Conference.
  • registration closes approximately 10 days before the day of the scheduled exam
  • no late registrations will be accepted
  • transfers / refunds will only be provided in cases of:
    • POC error
    • accident causing bodily harm
    • a death in the family
  • waitlists cannot be accommodated; sign up now to avoid disappointment
  • correspondence will be directed ONLY to the address in your POC profile

Please note: The POC Trained Professional Organizer program is a TRAINING program, not an ACCREDITATION program, and as such does not entitle the organizer to use words such as certified, endorsed, authorized, accredited, or qualified Professional Organizer in their marketing material, or the initials TPO following their name.

Teleclass Course Times

Start times for all teleclasses are listed in Eastern Time (ET)The following chart serves as a guideline only. Please check how the Eastern Time zone compares to yours. It is especially important to be aware of how seasonal time changes affect call-in times as Saskatchewan, for example, does not observe daylight savings. Those calling in from out of the country will also need to determine the time difference between ET and their call-in location. Various online sites are available to assist with time zone calculations.

Pacific
BC
Mountain
Alberta &
Saskatchewan in summer
Central
Manitoba &
Saskatchewan in winter
Eastern
Ontario
Québec
Atlantic
NB, NS, PEI, Labrador
Newfoundland
7:00am
(7:00)
8:00am
(8:00)
9:00am
(9:00)
10:00am
(10:00)
11:00am
(11:00)
11:30am
(11:30)
10:00am
(10:00)
11:00am
(11:00)
12:00pm
(12:00)
1:00pm
(13:00)
2:00pm
(14:00)
2:30pm
(14:30)
5:00pm
(17:00)
6:00pm
(18:00)
7:00pm
(19:00)
8:00pm
(20:00)
9:00pm
(21:00)
9:30pm
(21:30)
6:30pm
(18:30)
7:30pm
(19:30)
8:30pm
(20:30)
9:30pm
(21:30)
10:30pm
(22:30)
11:00pm
(23:00)

Cancellations

POC reserves the right to cancel courses that do not have the minimum number of registrants. If a course is cancelled you will receive a credit that can be used towards another course in the future.