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Book Store: Get your own copy of the most frequently used parliamentary authorities: AIP Standard Code and Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 12th edition.
Study Guides and Lessons
- Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure: This was written as a college textbook and contains quizzes following each chapter which can be used for self-study.
- Parliamentary Study for Chapters: Outlines several educational programs
- Comparisons of Parliamentary Authorities: These are self-study quizzes to compare and contrast the procedures from several parliamentary authorities.
- Teaching Parliamentary Procedure: guides user through basic, intermediate, and advanced courses, providing both content information and descriptions of numerous teaching methods
Educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics provide the opportunity to learn, ask questions, and expand your knowledge.
- Annual Session in July/August
- West Coast Practicum in February
- East Coast Practicum in June
Both practicums provide an intensive, practical experience of study, sharing, and applying parliamentary procedure on a single topic. Learn from experts and take home knowledge and skills you can apply.
- Course 1: Meeting Management Skills. Lessons include deliberative assemblies, order of business, principles and history of parliamentary law, main motions, debate and strategy, officers and the minutes, and more.
- Course 2: Participating in a Meeting. Lessons include the principles and precedence of motions, standard characteristics of motions, main, subsidiary, privileged and incidental motions, and more. Required text in addition to the two listed above is Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure by George Demeter.
- Course 3: Administrative Skills. Lessons include bylaws, boards and committees, discipline, voting procedures, nominations and elections, quorum, and more.
- Course 4: Parliamentary Law and Practice (see prerequisite requirement above). This course is designed as an advanced course in parliamentary law. Lessons include differences among authorities, analogies, exceptions, problem solving, bylaws, committees, script writing, and more.
AIP’s certification program is for those who have experience practicing as a parliamentarian and are familiar with rules of parliamentary procedure. Click here to learn more about how to get started.
- Certified Parliamentarian: A written exam tests knowledge of Roberts Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th edition, the 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.
- Certified Professional Parliamentarian: An oral exam and demonstration of presiding using Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised 11th edition, American Institute of Parliamentarians Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Cannon’s Concise Guide to Rules of Order, and Demeter’s Manual of Parliamentary Law & Procedure. Additional suggested reading are Parliamentary Law, Parliamentary Opinions I-III.
- The Teacher Certification Course is designed to improve the teaching skills of Certified Parliamentarians and Certified Professional Parliamentarians who teach workshops and classes on procedure.