What is a PROFESSIONAL REGISTERED PARLIAMENTARIAN®

Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®) status indicates that a member has the knowledge and practical skills to successfully deliver parliamentary services. Building on the expertise demonstrated at the Registered Parliamentarian® level, the PRP® designation shows that the member can provide quality parliamentary services and has agreed to adhere to the code of ethics adopted by NAP. PRPs are also eligible to participate in NAP’s professional referral service.

Obtaining PRP® Status
PRP® status is granted to a Registered Parliamentarian® who successfully completes a Professional Qualifying Course and demonstrates competency and skills in these areas:

•serving as a professional parliamentarian and/or professional presider at conventions and meetings
•working with an organization’s governing documents
•engaging in parliamentary research and writing opinions
•serving as an instructor/consultant
•applying the ethical and business practices of a professional parliamentarian

Taking the Professional Qualifying Course
The Professional Qualifying Course (PQC) is offered in conjunction with NAP’s Biennial Convention, in conjunction with the National Training Conference, and at other times upon approval of the Professional Development Committee. Six or more participants are required. See the event calendar for courses currently scheduled, or contact NAP Headquarters to inquire about or arrange a class.

Maintaining PRP® Status
Once a member achieves the Professional Registered Parliamentarian® designation, he or she must maintain this status through a combination of practical experience and continuing education. PRPs must submit a record of their parliamentary service and continuing education achievement. In addition the member must successfully complete the Professional Renewal Course (PRC) every six years or equivalent PRC Modules. More information regarding the renewal requirements and the PRP points form/worksheet are available on the Documents page under Member Resources.

Professional Renewal Course
The Professional Renewal Course (PRC) is offered in conjunction with NAP’s biennial convention, in conjunction with the National Training Conference, and at other times upon approval of the Professional Development Committee. Six or more participants are required. See the event calendar for courses currently scheduled, or contact NAP Headquarters to inquire about or arrange a class.