Do you want to your organization to have good members, fair leaders, and helpful parliamentarians? Here’s how:

Be a Better Member

Book Store: Get your own copy of the most frequently used parliamentary authorities: AIP Standard Code and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th edition.

Study Guides and Lessons

  • Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure: This was written as a college textbook and contains quizzes following each chapter which can be used for self-study.
  • Parliamentary Study for Chapters: Outlines several educational programs
  • Comparisons of Parliamentary Authorities: These are self-study quizzes to compare and contrast the procedures from several parliamentary authorities.
  • Teaching Parliamentary Procedure: guides user through basic, intermediate, and advanced courses, providing both content information and descriptions of numerous teaching methods

Educational Opportunities

Educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics provide the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and expand your knowledge.

Both practicums provide an intensive, practical experience of study, sharing, and applying parliamentary procedure on a single topic.  Learn from experts and take home knowledge and skills you can apply.

Publications

  • The Parliamentary Journal, the only publication dedicated to the study of parliamentary procedure. Articles include material for novice to advanced.
  • The Communicator, an online newsletter that keeps you up to date and provides ideas and contacts to help you progress.

Correspondence Courses

  • Course 1: Meeting Management Skills. Lessons include deliberative assemblies, order of business, principles and history of parliamentary law, main motions, debate and strategy, officers and the minutes, and more.
  • Course 2: Participating in a Meeting. Lessons include the principles and precedence of motions, standard characteristics of motions, main, subsidiary, privileged and incidental motions, and more. Required text in addition to the two listed above is Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure by George Demeter.
  • Course 3: Administrative Skills. Lessons include bylaws, boards and committees, discipline, voting procedures, nominations and elections, quorum, and more.
  • Course 4: Parliamentary Law and Practice (see prerequisite requirement above). This course is designed as an advanced course in parliamentary law. Lessons include differences among authorities, analogies, exceptions, problem solving, bylaws, committees, script writing, and more.

Certification

AIP’s certification program is for those who have experience practicing as a parliamentarian and are familiar with Cannon, Demeter, Roberts and AIP’s rules of parliamentary procedure.  (Link to Accreditation page)

  • Certified Parliamentarian: A written exam tests knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised, the American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, and Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure. Other valuable study guides include the American Institute of Parliamentarians Study Manual, the latest edition of Parliamentary Opinions, and Parliamentary Law by Henry M. Robert.
  • Certified Professional Parliamentarian: An oral exam and demonstration of presiding using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Cannon’s Concise Guide to Rules of Order, and Parliamentary Opinions  Additional suggested reading is  Parliamentary Law, Parliamentary Opinions I, Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law & Procedure, and Riddick’s Rules of Procedure
  • The Teacher Certification Course is designed to improve the teaching skills of Certified Parliamentarians and Certified Professional Parliamentarians who teach workshops and classes on procedure.

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