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

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 YourBrowser

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

The 2018 Annual Session was a huge success!

New Orleans was fun for all and very educational. The videos of the event, including the Robert English Lecture, can be found here. This page also has many of the pictures taken at the Business Meetings and Workshops.

The Annual Banquet photos for your enjoyment. 


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.


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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:

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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 regularmembership pins is almost depleted.AIP can then re-sell the pins.

Member of AIP elected Speaker of the House

AIP Member Roger Hanshaw, CPP, was elected the Speaker of the House of Delegates in West Virginia. Here is a link!

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
The next one will be in May, 2019. The theme will be announced later.

West Coast Practicum
The next one will be in January, 2020. The theme will be announced later. The 2019 West Coast Practicum was a huge success with over 40 people attending.

Annual Session

The Annual Session is at the Centennial Hotel in Spokane, Washington in July 25-27, 2019. Information will begin to appear soon.

The Communicator

This week's #parlipro question is posted. Comment your answers below! ...

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This week's #parlipro fact of the week is on improper and dilatory motions. ...

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2 weeks ago

Final arrangements for memorializing Henry M. Robert III are now complete.

There will be viewings at John M. Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St, Annapolis, MD 21401 on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm and from 6 to 8pm EST.

There will be another viewing in front of the main altar at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 109 Duke of Gloucester Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Saturday, January 19 from 8:30 to 10:15am, followed at 10:30 by a Mass of Christian Burial.

Immediately after the Mass he will be interred in the Redemptorist Cemetery on the church property, and then there will be a reception at the Charles Carroll House (historic home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence) also on the church property. All three sites are within walking distance of the church parking lot.

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2 weeks ago

Will there be a memorial service for Henry Roberts III ? ...

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Henry M. Robert III passed away early this morning. On behalf of AIP, we thank him for his contributions to parliamentary procedure. ...

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