NAP provides many flexible avenues for those wishing to learn more about parliamentary procedure.
If you prefer to learn by reading, consider the books available through NAP. Start by purchasing a copy of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised or whichever parliamentary authority your organization uses. Then consider a book that provides an introduction to and explanation of this rather lengthy reference.
NAP members rely on the National Parliamentarian, the association’s quarterly magazine, to keep current on parliamentary knowledge and news. Non-members may also subscribe to the magazine to gain access to educational articles, challenging questions answered by top parliamentary experts, and in-depth features.
NAP also produces educational materials that provide a broad overview of parliamentary concepts, concise coverage of a specific topic, or in-depth knowledge of themes such as voting and scriptwriting.
If you prefer to learn by doing, consider group learning activities in your area. NAP units and youth groups provide many opportunities to discuss meeting challenges, share experiences with others, and practice effective meeting procedures. Various divisions of NAP frequently provide parliamentary procedure classes open to the public.
Does your busy schedule make group learning challenging? Do you prefer individual learning? Consider NAP’s distance learning options. In partnership with the University of Wisconsin, NAP conducts an independent learning course in parliamentary procedure.
Finally, consider accreditation as a Registered Parliamentarian or Professional Registered Parliamentarian. These designations demonstrate your mastery of parliamentary concepts and skills.