Welcome to the American Institute of Parliamentarians!

The premier website for practicing parliamentarians and those interested in the study of meeting management, governance and parliamentary procedure.

For Members Seeking Certification or Re-Certification

The American Institute of Parliamentarians has two comprehensive certification programs. If you are a member and want to seek certification as either a Certified Parliamentarian or a Certified Professional Parliamentarian or to Re-Certify Your Status, go to the Members Only page and download the appropriate package. If your browser does not allow you to save PDF files, please search the web for “How to download PDF files using Your Browser

During the 2018 Annual Session, it was approved to immediately drop Demeter as one of the Parliamentary Authorities.

We invite you to become a part of our community by joining AIP today!
AIP’s learning experiences focus on every level of the parliamentary profession. Our programs will enhance your performance as an officer, presiding officer, or informed member. You can expand your knowledge of governance and parliamentary procedure and aid your efforts to make your organization efficient and effective.

The American Institute of Parliamentarians has several extensive certification programs, ensuring that members so designated have met the highest possible standards of parliamentary knowledge.

2019 Annual Session

The was a huge success in Spokane, Washington. The Annual Business Meetings went very smoothly, The workshops were exciting. The food was delicious. Weldon Merrit and his crew did a great job of making all feel welcomed.  Start thinking about going to the 2020 Annual Session. Here are the pictures from it.



If you wish to make a donation to AIP, please click click here to be taken to the appropriate page.


Please contact AIP. AIP members and guests are encouraged to contact the president with concerns. If you have a question about membership, how to join, etc., please send your inquiry to:

General Inquiry about AIP

In addition, if you have a question about Parliamentary Procedure, feel free to send in your inquiry. If you are not a member, please send it to:

If you are a member, please send that burning question to:

Smile for AIP!

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Educational Events
AIP sponsors several practicum, workshops, and conferences designed to help the professional development of the practicing professional, new association officer, experienced board member or beginning parliamentary student. These training events focus on: leadership, presiding skills, board governance, parliamentary skills, and not for profit regulations. Each of these educational opportunities offer hands on learning, expert instruction, as well as the chance for idea sharing through strong networking possibilities.

Pin Buy Back Program

Program To Return/Recycle AIP Membership Pins

The AIP Board of Directors has approved a process by which AIP members can return/recycle regular membership pins, CP pins, and CPP pins to AIP. The pin must be in good shape with no obvious wear. The pins with the safety pin fastening must have a working safety pin. The pins with the clutch back (tie-tac) fastening must have both the pin and the fastener. Each donor will receive $10 for each pin returned.

The pins may be returned at the Annual Session, West Coast Practicum or East Coast
Practicum. If you are not going to attend any of these events, please contact board member Jeanette Williams at director02@aipparl.org for information.

This program is beneficial to the individual member who may not want to keep a pin that does not reflect that member’s current designation. This project is beneficial to AIP because our current inventory of regular membership pins is almost depleted. AIP can then re-sell the pins.

Some Quick Knowledge

Want to have some fun and wind up with new knowledge. Take a look at Explore AIP  A brief look at Parliamentary Procedure.

East Coast Practicum

Due to our concern about the possible effects of the Corona Virus, AIP has decided to cancel the East Coast Practicum for 2020. We fully intend to hold both the West Coast Practicum and the East Coast Practicum in 2021.

West Coast Practicum
The next one will be in January, 2021

The 2020 West Coast Practicum was a huge success with over 40 people attending.

Pictures from WCP 2020.


Annual Session 2020

The Annual Session is at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park Hotel, Charlotte, NC, July 30 – August 1, 2020. The Schedule, Workshop Information, Hotel and Registration Information will be available later.

The Communicator

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The answer to this week's #parlipro question is posted!

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2019 AIP West Coast Practicum

AIP West Coast Practicum

AIP West Coast Practicum

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This week's #parlipro question is up! Post your answers down in the comments below. If you want to see more questions, please like this page!

2 months ago

The answer to question #21 is posted!

2 months ago

This week's #parlipro question of the week is posted! #aip

2 months ago

This week's #parlipro post is up! Want to learn more about AIP's practicum? Check out the events on this page as well as on AIP's website and membership portal.

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The question of the week's answer has been posted!

3 months ago

AIP wishes you a happy and healthy new year!

3 months ago

Question 20 is posted! Comment down below your answers.

6 months ago

The answers to last week's question is posted! #parlipro