Statement adopted August 3, 2020

As you probably know, the new 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) will be issued on August 28, 2020, in conjunction with the National Association of Parliamentarians Virtual 2020 National Training Conference. To convert the new RP Credentialing System to conform to the new edition:

  1. 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 will be updated (to RONR Twelfth Edition) on October 1, 2020. After that date, all candidates will be expected to answer these questions based on the 12th Edition.Any quizzes taken or assignments submitted by that time will count toward the RP credential, if successfully completed, regardless of whether they have been graded by that date.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, and for that reason is limiting the grandfathering of testing based on the 11th edition to one month.
  2. 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, will be posted on the NAP website soon after the 2020 NAP Training Conference, along with practice questions for that Part. Each “What Will Be Tested” document will include 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 will also be posted.
  3. Availability of New Testing Based on the 12th Edition. On or about October 1, 2020, the new versions of Step One quizzes and Step Two assignments conforming to the 12th edition will be published on Schoology, available to be completed by beta testers and candidates.
  4. Deadline Extensions. Step One. Anyone who has begun the new RP credentialing system by August 27, 2020, but has not by then successfully completed all Parts of Step One will receive a 120-day extension of their current 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 already granted personal extensions will have 120 days added on to whatever is their current deadline).Step Two. 30 days will be added to the existing 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 after August 28 just as they can now look up whatever they need in the 11th 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.
  5. 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 forthcoming 12th edition. Here is why that should not worry you:
  1. 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 will require knowledge of what is in the 12th but not in the 11th edition – often only one question, and at most two or three.
  2. Those 12th edition changes that do need to be learned can be studied bit-by-bit, and will be 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 will clearly identify exactly where the material to be studied includes a change in the 12th from the 11th edition.
  3. 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!

More information on the new Registered Parliamentarian credentialing process is available at https://www.parliamentarians.org/rp-credential/