While not providing membership privileges at the national level, most units of the National Association of Parliamentarians® offer provisional membership to people who are interested in learning about parliamentary procedure, but who do not yet have enough knowledge to feel comfortable taking the NAP membership examination. Provisional members participate fully in the business of their units, using this opportunity to learn about parliamentary procedure through education sessions; gain practical experience by serving on a committee or as an elected officer in a supportive environment; and ask questions of more experienced parliamentarians.
At the primary level of NAP membership, regular members receive all of the standard benefits of NAP membership after demonstrating basic knowledge of parliamentary principles by completing a diagnostic quiz related to parliamentary procedure. Regular membership demonstrates a commitment to learning and practicing fair and effective democratic processes, and allows members to participate more fully in the activities of the National Association of Parliamentarians®. Regular members help introduce provisional members to parliamentary concepts; serve their local and state/province organizations in leadership roles; and can serve as a delegate to state/province and national conventions. For more information on applying for membership and preparing for the membership examination, visit the Application page.
NAP’s Registered Parliamentarian (RP) credential signifies that a member is qualified to serve as a parliamentarian for most ordinary meetings under usual circumstances and to provide commonly needed parliamentary advice to ordinary organizations. An RP should be able to understand and apply parliamentary rules that are relevant in an ordinary meeting under usual circumstances without having to refer to Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. He or she should be able to rapidly find, refer to, understand and apply any rule that would be likely to come up and need resolution in a meeting itself. The RP credential is effective for six years and can be retained through continuing education opportunities. RP renewal information can be found in the Documents section under Member Resources. You must be a member to apply for the RP Exam.
A member who reaches Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP) status has demonstrated to fellow professionals that he or she not only has the in-depth knowledge of parliamentary procedure required of a Registered Parliamentarian, but also the skills to provide effective, practical help to an individual or organization in need of parliamentary assistance. These skills include the ability to preside over a meeting; to perform the duties of a parliamentarian for another presiding officer and help him or her preside effectively; to consult organizations on the rules that govern their meetings and operations; and to share parliamentary knowledge with others. A Professional Registered Parliamentarian® must maintain this certification through practical experience and recurrent training, ensuring that each PRP maintains the same high professional standards throughout his or her career. More information about maintaining PRP status can be found in the Documents section under Member Resources.
The annual dues for NAP members depend on both membership type and NAP Association membership (state, province, etc.). The amounts are available in two charts, and must be added to get the total.
See the NAP National Dues Chart and NAP State and Provincial Dues Chart in the Documents section.
Not sure where to start? Consider visiting or joining a local unit to become a provisional member or to get help preparing for the membership exam. Or, read more about the application process and download the NAP Membership Study Guide.