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.

Electronic Meetings

Many organizations are trying to hold electronic meetings because of the Corona Virus. The AIP Opinions Committee has prepared a set of opinions concerning meeting during these times. Take a look at Opinions for Electronic Meetings.

The Robert’s Rules Society has produced an 11 page PDF that has sets of rules for such meetings. You can get a copy by clicking on this link to the document.

The authors of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised have issued three Official Interpretations (2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-3) relating to specific questions that may be especially pertinent to organizations having difficulty conducting business amid restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Official Interpretations are not technically binding on an organization that has adopted Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised as its parliamentary authority, but are nonetheless definitive interpretations of the work by the current authors and should therefore be treated as highly persuasive. While those now being issued concern application of the current 11th edition, they are based in part on clarifications that will be explicit in the forthcoming 12th edition

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.

Public Forum

We have a new Public Forum where anyone can post about Parliamentary Procedure. You can click here or go to the menu item to get to it. The change was made as non-members could not post to the old forum. Give it a try.


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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Annual Session Day 1


Annual Session Day 2


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.

Teacher Course

The course was a huge success. Stayed tuned for details of the next one.

East Coast Practicum

The next one will be held in June , 2022.

West Coast Practicum
The next one will be in January or February, 2022.

The 2021 West Coast Practicum was a huge success with over 100 people attending.

Pictures from WCP 2020.


Annual Session 2021

The 2021 Annual Session will be unlike any Annual Session before. This Annual Session offers both an in-person and virtual attendance option for the business sessions and workshops. This groundbreaking event will not only have exceptional education presentations and business sessions; but, will also demonstrate how to run a successful hybrid meeting.

This pioneering event also features different registration fees for those that attend in-person versus those that attend virtually.

Note: Any Certified Professional Parliamentarian exams will only be available for those attending in-person. 

Use the link below to register and book your hotel room at The Skirvin Hotel. Please note, the room block is not guaranteed after July 15. 

Hotel Information

Reservation for the Annual Session

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