LEGACY REGISTRATION EXAMINATION
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.