Navigating Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing

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Big things are happening with the Registered Parliamentarian (RP) credential. In January, NAP will begin accepting applications for the newly revised RP Credentialing Exam (RPCE). The RPCE will be offered quarterly for week-long intervals. (See schedule below). Candidates will select a date within the designated week in which they will take the credentialing exam. The exam must be completed within a seven-hour window – two three-hour sessions with up to a one-hour break between sessions.

Members currently finishing the Legacy RP Exam or the New RP Credentialing Process in Schoology will be subject to the rules and deadlines previously established for each exam type. Scroll down for detailed information.

Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing Exam 

The Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing Exam (RPCE) requires candidates to objectively demonstrate core competencies needed to obtain the RP credential as well as to demonstrate the application of the core knowledge and basic business skills needed by every parliamentarian.

The RPCE consists of two sections, a 100-question multiple-choice exam and a performance exam that will require written answers to different scenarios, both of which must be completed within a seven-hour window. Both sections are based on the RP Performance Expectations developed by the NAP Commission on Credentialing. Registration Fee: $400.

How to Prepare

NAP offers various educational materials that will help members prepare to become a RP. The following are most relevant to the RPCE.

  • RP Training Sessions: Developed by the RP education Special Committee and the Professional Development Committee, these training sessions are available to all NAP members. Recordings of each session are available free to members through the NAP Bookstore. Access them through your Digital Library. Click here for step-by-step access instructions.
  • Be familiar with the RP Performance Expectations. The performance expectations will show candidates what they will need to know to successfully complete the RPCE.
  • Practice questions: The practice questions from the New RP Credentialing Process in Schoology are a great resource for helping you prepare for the RPCE. Practice questions are accessible online at
How to Take the RPCE

The RPCE will be offered quarterly for week-long intervals. Candidates may take the exam any time during the 7-day testing window, however, it must be completed within seven hours. Candidates will be required to download ExamSoft, a virtual monitoring system that will lock down their computer system to preserve the integrity of the exam. The RPCE schedule is below. Exam results will be available within 60 days after the exam window closes.

Exam Registration Deadline Exam Window
January 10, 2023 January 31, 2023 – February 6, 2023
April 4, 2023 April 25, 2023 – May 1, 2023
July 4, 2023 July 25, 2023 – July 31, 2023
October 10, 2023 October 31, 2023 – November 6, 2023

Previous Versions of the RP Exam

A few members are in the process of attaining the RP credential using one of the previous versions of the exam process. Regardless of the exam format, these candidates will be subject to the rules and deadlines previously established for each type of exam. There will be no deadline extensions and no new applicants accepted for either process.

The New RP Credentialing Process (Schoology)

Members enrolled in the RP credentialing process conducted through Schoology must successfully complete Step One, Parts 1-7, and attempt Part 8 before their 270-day time limit expires or before March 1, 2023, (whichever comes first).

The Legacy RP Exam

Members finishing the Legacy RP exam must successfully complete all five parts of the exam by December 31, 2022.


2022 NAP Training Conference Recordings

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Watch and Review the Workshops from the 2022 NTC

Recordings from the 2022 NAP Training Conference are available through NAP University. Workshop recordings will be available through December 31, 2022.

Access the recordings in four easy steps.

  1. Click the button below to go to NAP University. You will be asked to login when you click on the item you wish to view.
  2. The presentation recordings are grouped by air date. Click on Day One Presentations to view workshops that aired on September 9, 2022, or click Day Two Presentations to view workshops that aired on September 10, 2022.
  3. Login using your NAP username and password. The same username and password you use to sign on to the NAP Portal.
    Click the workshop you’d like to view and enjoy!

NOTE: You may see a box that says “No longer available for purchase.” Please disregard this message. These recordings are only available to those who registered for the virtual or in-person NAP Training Conference.

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Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing Exam

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At their meeting on November 28, 2022, the NAP Board of Directors approved a recommendation by the Membership and Registration Examiners Committee (MREC) that the Legacy RP Exam be replaced by the Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing Exam (RPCE). The RPCE will be offered quarterly and will consist of two sections. Section I will be one-hundred multiple-choice questions derived from the Registered Parliamentarian Performance Expectations. Section II will be a performance evaluation with scenarios that each candidate must complete in writing. For candidates to be successful, they must objectively demonstrate core competencies needed to obtain the RP credential and must demonstrate the application of the core knowledge and basic business skills needed by every parliamentarian. Both sections will need to be completed in one sitting and will be evaluated by trained examiners. Join the MREC and the Commission at the Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, December 1, 2022, to learn more.


2023 Membership Dues Renewal

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Membership renewal invoices for 2023 are now available online. Follow these easy steps to renew.
  • Sign on to your NAP account. If you have trouble please watch this video tutorial.
  • Click the bell icon in the top right of your screen. It will have a red notification on it.
  • Click “Outstanding Balances.”
  • Click the check box next to your open dues invoice. You can also view and print the invoice by clicking “view.”
  • Click Pay.
  • If you would like to support the NAP Educational Foundation, enter the amount you wish to donate. This is an optional donation.
  • Click Pay Now and follow the prompts to complete your payment.
  • A receipt will be emailed to the account that NAP has on file for you.

Call 816.833.3892 or email headquarters with any questions or to renew over the phone.


Registered Parliamentarian Credentialing Change Announcement

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The NAP Commission on Credentialing has decided that the Step Three assignment of the 3-step process for obtaining the Registered Parliamentarian (RP®) credential will be a teaching assignment, which includes a demonstration of a segment of providing an educational workshop, and that the meeting simulation previously set as RP Step Three will instead be part of the new PRP credentialing process currently under development by the Commission.  (The teaching assignment was previously considered the last part of RP Step Two.) Thus, the RP® credential will be awarded to candidates upon their successful completion of RP Step One (8-part set of multiple-choice quizzes), RP Step Two (3-part set of written assignments) and RP Step Three (teaching assignment requiring written materials and a teaching demonstration).

Appropriate revisions of the section of the RP credentialing webpages of the NAP website to reflect this change will be made, although they are not yet updated.