Statement revised October 24, 2020
- Conclusion of Testing Based on the 11th Edition and Introduction of Testing Based on the 12th Edition. All Quizzes in Step One and all Parts of Step Two have been updated to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised Twelfth Edition. All candidates and beta testers are expected to answer these questions based on the 12th Edition. Any quizzes taken or assignments submitted previously, based on the 11th edition, will count toward the RP credential, if successfully completed. The Commission on Credentialing considers it important for those who seek a credential that represents NAP’s certification that the parliamentarian is competent to assist clients to be able to do so based on the edition of the leading parliamentary authority then in effect.
- Posting of Information About What Will Be Tested Based on the 12th Edition. For each of the 8 Parts of Step One, a separate new document on What Will Be Tested, using 12th edition references, is posted on the NAP website, along with practice questions for that Part. Each “What Will Be Tested” document includes comments drawing specific attention to any relevant changes from the 11th to the 12th edition in the material that will be tested. A similar “What Will Be Tested” document covering Step Two is also posted.
- Deadline Extensions. Step One. Anyone who began the new RP credentialing system by August 27, 2020, but had not by then successfully completed all Parts of Step One has been given a 120-day extension of their deadline to complete Step One. For most that will mean that instead of 270 days they will have up to 390 days to successfully complete Parts 1 through 8. (Those granted personal extensions will have 120 days added on to whatever was their consequent deadline).
Step Two. 30 days have been added to the standard Step Two 180-day deadline (resulting in a new 210-day Step Two deadline). Because Step Two is “open book” – those completing assignments in Step Two can look up whatever they need in the 12th edition — no further extension of the deadline to successfully complete Step Two is considered needed on account of the switch to the new edition. However, individuals the scoring of whose assignments has encountered delays may individually apply for additional extensions.
- BE NOT AFRAID! The Commission on Credentialing realizes that many pursuing the RP Credential may be concerned about the need to learn about and be tested on changes in the 12th edition. Here is why that should not worry you:
- The great bulk of the rules tested for the RP Credential remain the same as under the 11th edition.Most of what is clarified or expanded upon in the 12th edition affects what one would need to know for the PRP level, not the RP level. Of the 40 questions in each of the quizzes for Parts 1 through 7 of Step One, only a couple of questions in the updated versions require knowledge of what is in the 12th but not in the 11th edition – often only one question, and at most two or three.
- Those 12th edition changes that do need to be learned can be studied bit-by-bit, and are clearly pointed out. A fundamental difference between the new and the legacy credentialing systems is that not only does the new system expect RP candidates to be familiar with and able to apply many fewer rules than the legacy system, but also that the rules whose application is being tested are broken up into significantly smaller chunks. There are a relatively small number of rules to master for each Part of Step One, which means that the number of 12th edition changes to learn in preparation for any one quiz are fewer still. And not only is one told specifically “What Will Be Tested” in each Part, but comments clearly identify exactly where the material to be studied includes a change in the 12th from the 11th edition.
- Remember that you get three chances to successfully complete each Part in Step One. If you miss a 12th edition change on the first try, feedback will show you what you got wrong and what you should have answered, so you will be better prepared for the next try.
Really, not daunting at all! You CAN do it!