Membership in NAP has given me an education, opportunities to serve, and friends.

Why Become a Member?

Meetings are a part of life, but meetings should not take over your life.  Join NAP to learn how to make your meetings more efficient and effective so you can take back your time!

Becoming a member of NAP is the first step in the journey toward promoting fair, inclusive, democratic decision-making in organizations’ business meetings. The opportunities are limitless based on your level of activity. Notable benefits of membership include:

Connections. Share ideas, challenges, and potential solutions with practicing professional parliamentarians from around the world. This is one of the greatest benefits of actively participating in NAP events and programs. You are not alone on this journey!

Continuing Education. Education is at the core of NAP. Members have access to live and virtual events, as well as expert-written parliamentary resources.  NAP’s online learning center, NAP University, and online bookstore deliver un-equaled learning and teaching resources based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, the most widely used parliamentary authority. Members receive significant discounts and, in some cases, exclusive access.

Credibility. Members of NAP garner a unique level of respect. They start out with a basic understanding of parliamentary procedure and its application in meetings of all sizes. NAP’s certifications – Registered Parliamentarian (RP) and Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) are highly regarded world-wide.

Community. Regardless of their level of experience or knowledge, NAP members are a community. As one member stated: “NAP is first and foremost an association of people, people looking for new ways to engage the world in parliamentary education.”

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How to Apply

The application process for membership is very straightforward, and we are here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Follow the steps below to begin the process:

Once your exam results have been verified, you will be notified that you have passed the exam and are officially a member of NAP. That’s when your NAP adventure begins!

If you require accommodation from the National Association of Parliamentarians® (NAP) in order to take any examination, please consult our policy on accommodations for how to proceed. 

Features include...

Membership gives you access to a vibrant network of practicing, professional parliamentarians from whom you can learn through local units, state associations, and district activities.

Members receive a complimentary subscription to National Parliamentarian, NAP’s quarterly magazine featuring articles on parliamentary topics.

Members enjoy discounts on the largest collection of parliamentary educational resources and tools, many of which are unique to NAP. 

Information regarding national, district, state, and unit seminars and workshops is available online and through local and state newsletters and flyers targeted to NAP members. Visit the NAP Event Calendar for upcoming seminars and workshops.

Members enjoy attending state and district conferences, the NAP Training Conference, and the NAP Biennial Convention. Once you attend a NAP Convention, you will never want to miss one!

Membership in NAP is only the first step. By further study and testing, a member may earn accreditation as a Registered Parliamentarian® (RP®), and then advance to the highest level of certification, Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®).

The NAP provides Registered Parliamentarians and Professional Registered Parliamentarians with access to professional liability insurance


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Dues Structure

Below are annual dues amounts for different levels of NAP membership. Members in states with chartered associations also pay those dues. See a list of state dues here. Many local units also have annual dues, payable directly to the unit.

CategoryDues Amount
Regular Members$84.00
Registered Members $113.00
Professional Registered Members $141.00
Retired Credentialed Parliamentarians $84.00
Student Members $42.00
Student Registered Members $56.00
Student Professional Registered Members $70.00
Youth Groups $30.00
Clubs affiliated before 1953 $113.00