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Become a Member and Get Certified

Gain an edge through APPO Certification!

Our specially designed certification program will help you set up, market, sell and succeed in your new small business. We’ll also help you with best practices of photo organizing and provide many ideas and suggestions for working with all types of clients, products and projects.

The Benefits of Certification

Certified Photo Organizers receive priority placement on our directory and organization lists. In addition, you receive the best knowledge and training in the industry with certification curriculum and testing that ensures we train and certify only the best in the photo organization industry.

The Curriculum

Certification is available to members only and contains 5 self-paced study modules, each with a review quiz. Certification is downloaded online, and quizzes are taken online as well. There is no in-person exam or classroom study.

To complete certification, members must have at least 20 hours of documented hands-on client work and 2 client testimonials.

Module 1 : The Photo Organizers:
Getting Started
This module introduces you to the dynamics behind an association and the services offered by photo organizers. You will learn about certification requirements, code of ethics and an overview of client needs and how to match services and products.

Module 2 : Business 101:
Running Your Own Photo Organizing Business
This module describes how to set up your business for success. Accounting, pricing your services, collecting payments and presentation of your business are covered.

Module 3 : Marketing and Sales

Finding and attracting clients are crucial ongoing activities for maintaining and growing a healthy business. Sales tactics, local marketing and working with products, vendors, and suppliers.

Module 4 : Working with Clients:
Relationships, Needs, and Project Management

Building relationships and effectively managing projects will ensure that your clients are satisfied and will return to you for additional services over time. This module provides many ways to create relationships built on trust and respect, as well as tips for day-to-day management of your projects.

Module 5 : The ABC’S of Photo Organizing:
The Basics Every Photo Organizer Needs to Know

This module provides best practices on how to work with clients and the basic guidelines for photo organization.

Certification Fees

Certification is only available to APPO members. To learn more about becoming a member and the benefits of membership visit Member Benefits

Professional and International Members:         $100 (valued at $200)

We’re a community of Personal Photo Organizers who share a passion for telling people’s stories.

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