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 2018 CERTIFIED PARLIAMENTARIAN APPLICATION, EXAMINATION, AND CERTIFICATION PACKAGE, that members may obtain free of charge from AIP headquarters by clicking here. Complete applications only will be accepted, postmarked or date stamped no later than 11:59 PM on the deadline date.

Examination Window

January 8 – 22, 2018

Application Deadline

November 10, 2017

June 11 – 25, 2018

April 6, 2018

October 8 – 15, 2018

August 10, 2018

January 14 – 28, 2019

November 9, 2018

The written exam has four parts: multiple choice, short answer questions, essay questions, and script writing. Please plan on six (6) hours to take this exam. An applicant may choose the most convenient testing location and a date within the examination window AIP supplies with the packet and on this website. Please plan on six (6) hours to take this examination. New this year: 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, 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.

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.