Quick Quiz by David Mezzera, PRP

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How many times have you reminded an organization that it should provide new members with a copy of the group’s bylaws? NAP provides its bylaws (as well as other governing documents) for us to read and understand, but how often do we do that? Here are five QUICK QUIZ questions based on NAP’s bylaws. Can you answer all five off the top of your head? Give it a try!

1. Which of the following is not a recognized membership category in NAP?

    1. regular
    2. honorary
    3. credentialed
    4. retired
    5. student
    6. affiliate
    7. primary
    8. at large
    9. provisional
    10. life
    11. charter


2. Application for a charter to authorize a group to become a study unit requires which of the following?

    1. At least 5 NAP members to become members of the unit.
    2. If an electronic unit, at least 10 NAP members to become members of the unit.
    3. Evidence of a corporate charter registered with the state in which forming.
    4. The group must agree to have no provisional members until a charter is granted.


3. NAP dues may be adjusted by:

    1. A 2/3rds vote of the Board of Directors if the dues increase is not greater than the CPI rate of inflation.
    2. A 2/3rds vote of convention delegates if the dues increase is greater than the CPI rate of inflation.
    3. A majority of convention delegates if the notice for the dues increase is provided in the call to convention.
    4. Since the rate of dues in listed in the standing rules – not in the bylaws – any dues increase may be made at any time by a majority of the delegates.


4. Credentialed members retain their status by renewing their level of credential every _______ years.

    1. four
    2. five
    3. six
    4. eight


5. May voting at the upcoming biennial NAP business session be done by absentee ballot or by proxy?

    1. Absentee ballot only
    2. Proxy only
    3. Either absentee ballot or proxy
    4. Neither absentee ballot nor proxy



1. All of the listed categories are recognized by the NAP bylaws as legitimate membership categories except (k) “charter.” Although the bylaws discuss charters and chartering units, no mention is made specifically of “charter members.” For the others, check out Art. III, Sec. 1 and Art. IV, Sec 5D.

2. Only (a) is valid among the four choices: 5 NAP members are necessary to charter a unit. Check out Art. IV, Sec. 5.

3. Both (a) and (b) could be invoked to approve a dues increase depending on the amount of increase being sought. Check out Art. III, Sec. 3. By the way, the amount of dues is listed in the standing rules, but the rules for their increase are found in the bylaws.

4. Recertifying credentials (whether RP or PRP) must be accomplished every (c) six years. Check out Art.III, Sec. 1B.

5. Check out Art. VI, Sec. 6 to find out the correct answer as (d).


NAP 43rd Biennial Convention

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The 2021 NAP Convention unofficially starts on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, with the First Timer and New Member Orientation. If you’re new to the organization or if you’ve never attended Convention before, this is a session that you must attend! The orientation will be followed by the NAP Board of Directors Meeting at 7:00 p.m. CDT. Convention officially kicks off with the Opening Ceremonies at 1:00 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. Visit napconvention.com for more information!


Legacy Registration Exam Retirement Date

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The NAP Commission on Credentialing has determined that as of December 31, 2021, the legacy Registered Parliamentarian® (RP®) examination will be retired, and beginning on January 1, 2022, the new RP credentialing system will be used by all new RP candidates.

The new RP credentialing system has been available to RP candidates since August 2019 while the legacy registration examination has remained available as an alternative during further testing and development of the new system. The new RP credentialing system, which is now based on the 12th edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, has reached a stage at which the commission considers that the legacy RP exam, which continues to be based on the 11th edition, should be retired.

The transition to the new system does include a limited exemption for those RP candidates who are in the process of earning their RP under the legacy system. This means that any candidate who has applied for and successfully completed at least two of the five parts in the legacy RP examination (other than the “research” part) by December 31, 2021, will be permitted to continue using the legacy exam under the supervision of the Membership and Registration Examiners Committee.
Because at this time the commission is not changing the process of retaining the RP, this process will continue to be administered by the Professional Development Committee.

As the commission begins to prepare the new Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®) credentialing system, it is now recruiting PRPs and any Professional Registered Parliamentarian-Retired (PRP-R) to consider serving as alpha testers, initially for the PRP Step One 40-question multiple-choice quizzes. Any PRP or PRP-R who would like further information about this opportunity is asked to email c.

The Commission on Credentialing was created, as authorized in the NAP Bylaws, for the purpose of establishing and administering a new system of assessment that would award the credentials of RP and PRP using modern psychometric techniques.


New RP Training Series

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This series is perfect for anyone interested in becoming an RP using the new credentialing process. All members are welcome. It is an excellent refresher for credentialed members interested in mentoring, teaching, or who just want to review their skills. Make sure to have your copies of the 12th edition of RONR and the 3rd edition of RONR In Brief handy!
Registration is required for each session — there is no charge. These sessions are available only to members, so you will need to log in to register. If you haven’t logged into the new NAP Portal yet, please watch this video.


Recordings and Lesson Materials

NAP members can purchase the recordings and lesson materials from past RP Training webinars for free through the NAP Bookstore. You will first need to sign on to your account in the NAP Portal, then type “New RP Training-Supplemental Information” into the search bar of the bookstore. Once purchased, follow the steps below to access the material.
  • Click on the profile image in the top right corner and then on “My Digital Library.”
  • Click on the “New RP Training Series” folder.
  • Click on the recordings PDF for the links to the individual lesson recordings.
  • Click on “Lesson Presentations” for the PDFs of the PowerPoint slides.

Professional Standards Committee Workshop

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Share your Tips and “War Stories”

The Professional Standards Committee workshop at this year’s NAP Convention will be “Avoiding Professional Responsibility Pitfall—Best Practices.” The four members of the committee certainly have their own tips and techniques to share with the attendees. But we know that many of the attendees also will have valuable tips and techniques to share as well.

To make the workshop more interactive, the Professional Standards Committee is requesting that members who plan to attend bring and be prepared to share their own tips and techniques for avoiding professional responsibility pitfalls.

Another possible source of tips might be “war stories” from anyone who has been the subject of a professional responsibility complaint and is willing to share the story. This could include such matters as things you did before or during a meeting that helped with your defense against the charges, things that in hindsight you wish you had done differently, or anything else that you think would be helpful to your fellow parliamentarians. Please be assured that if you choose to share any such information with the committee, we will make sure to keep your identity confidential unless you, on your own initiative, reveal it during the workshop.

If you have examples of contracts, letters of engagement, or other written items that you have developed, or if you are willing to share your “war stories,” you may send then (suitably redacted) to before the convention. Even if you do not plan to attend, the committee welcomes you to send anything that you think may be useful to your fellow parliamentarians.

Weldon L. Merritt, PRP, Chairman
Professional Standards Committee