Applicants for the Certified Parliamentarian credential must be members of AIP, must obtain a minimum grade of 80% on the written examination, and must earn 20 service points in areas such as parliamentary education and service to AIP. The examination fee is $150 US.

All the information you need is contained in the 2021 CERTIFIED PARLIAMENTARIAN APPLICATION, EXAMINATION, AND CERTIFICATION PACKAGE. That package may be obtained by clicking the “Member Login” link.

Complete applications only will be accepted, postmarked or date stamped no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

You can register online by going to

Examination Window

Application Deadline

June 7 – 21, 2021

April 16, 2021

October 4 – 18, 2021

August 6, 2021

January 17 – 31, 2022

November 12, 2021

The written exam has four parts: multiple choice, short answer questions, essay questions, and script writing. A candidate may choose a convenient testing location and a date within the examination window shown on the front of the packet and this website. Please plan on 4-5 hours to take this examination. There is an option for the candidate to take the examination using a computer, under certain conditions.

The AIP Accrediting Department strongly recommends that applicants study for at least six months to one year before taking the examination. In order to successfully complete the examination, applicants must be familiar with Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised11th edition, and the American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure. Other valuable study guides include Cannon’s Concise Guide to Rules of Order, the American Institute of Parliamentarians Study Manual, the latest edition of Parliamentary Opinions, and Parliamentary Law by Henry M. Robert.

Other major sources of knowledge and practical application are the West Coast Practicum held in January-February and the East Coast Practicum held in May-June and educational sessions presented during the Annual Session, held in July-August. You can find dates for these events on our calendar.

If you have questions about AIP’s CP Exam, contact AIP headquarters.