What to Expect

Step 1: Seven online untimed 40-question quizzes, each of which evaluates the ability to apply a different category of commonly used parliamentary rules, and an eighth “open book” quiz of 17 timed questions that evaluates a candidate’s ability during a meeting to quickly look up and advise how to apply less commonly used rules. Applicants have 270 days to successfully complete Step 1, with no more than two months between parts.

Step 2: Several written assignments (all “open book”) demonstrating skill in performing the things a parliamentarian should be able to do outside of meetings, like drafting bylaw amendments, answering parliamentary questions, providing workshops, and preparing scripts. Applicants have 180 days after completing Step 1 to successfully complete Step 2.

Step 3: The capstone: serving as parliamentarian during a meeting simulation. Applicants have 90 days after completing Step 2 to successfully complete Step 3.

Reasonable Accommodation (Rule 5). A) Any RP candidate, or regular member desiring to become an RP candidate, who based on disability or language barrier desires variation of the standard requirements may request reasonable accommodation. Such a candidate is asked to include in the request suggestions for how the candidate might best be reasonably accommodated. The request may be made by or on behalf of the candidate through email to or by contacting NAP headquarters. The Commission is committed to make all reasonable efforts to accomplish such accommodation.
B) Prospective RP candidates who are not fluent in English will be permitted to take the old RP exam to earn their credentials until the new system is fully translated into the language of their country.

For a complete list of rules governing requirements to qualify for registered membership please visit https://www.parliamentarians.org/rp-rules/09232019

For more information and frequently asked questions on the new process please click here www.parliamentarians.org/rp-basics/09232019.

How to Apply

You must be a member of NAP to apply for the RP Exam. Please fill out the form below. Once completed, follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to purchase the exam through the online store.

IMPORTANT: AFTER clicking on the “Submit” button,  sign on to your account in the Online Store.
Type “RP Exam-New” into the search field.
Click on the product and proceed to pay the application fee.
You will receive login credentials and instructions on how to proceed within five business days.