The National Association of Parliamentarians is focused on education.
Encourage its members and the general public to learn the principles and practice of democratic decision-making
Help teachers instruct people of all ages—from public and private school students to active professionals to retirees involved in their communities—in parliamentary procedure
Promote collaboration and professional development among parliamentarians
What is parliamentary procedure?
Parliamentary procedure, or parliamentary law, refers to the rules of democracy—that is, the commonly accepted way a group of people come together, present, discuss possible courses of action, and make decisions.
Parliamentary procedure also defines what duties people typically have when they are elected the president, secretary, or treasurer of an organization.
Fundamentally, parliamentary procedure defines how groups of people, no matter how formal or informal, can most effectively meet and make decisions in a fair, consistent manner—and make good use of everyone’s time. While parliamentary procedure cannot guarantee that every member of an organization is pleased with the outcome of a decision, it aims to ensure that every member is satisfied by the manner in which the decision was made, and that the organization makes decisions efficiently but with consideration for every member’s opinion.
Many different decision-making bodies use parliamentary procedure, including government and civic organizations, homeowners’ associations, not-for-profit organizations, corporations, churches, fraternal organizations, and unions.
As stated in its Code of Professional Responsibility for Parliamentarians, NAP believes a parliamentarian should:
- Assist in upgrading and improving the profession.
- Assist in maintaining the integrity and competence of the profession.
- Maintain high professional standards and keep abreast of the latest research in the field.
- Promote a spirit of cooperation, professionally responsible practice, and fair dealing with colleagues.
- Conduct oneself so as to reflect credit on the profession and inspire the confidence, respect, and trust of clients and the public.
- Encourage non-discriminatory standards in all aspects of parliamentary practice.