In a meeting, Registered Parliamentarians should be able rapidly to find, refer to, understand and apply any rule that would be likely to come up and need resolution in the meeting itself.

Instructions for Part 8

What Will Be Tested
Part Eight: Consult RONR, RONRIB or Another Source Cited

Updated to RONR (12th ed.)

Performance Expectations
In addition to the Performance Expectations below, the candidate is expected to be familiar with the rules in Chapters 1-11 of RONRIB (3rd ed.).

NOTE: This part differs from Parts 1-7 of RP Step One. In those parts, you were expected to be able to apply from memory the rules referenced in the Performance Expectations. Those parts were intended to cover rules that come up with a fair degree of frequency in ordinary meetings, which an RP should be able to remember and accurately apply without contemporaneously referring to RONR. In contrast, Part 8 is intended to cover other rules less likely to come up frequently in ordinary meetings but which an RP is expected to be able to rapidly research and accurately apply in a meeting if they do come up. As indicated in Performance Expectation 8.17 below, rules in any part of RONR may be tested, but particular areas of emphasis are those described in the other Performance Expectations below. (The “C” found at the end of a Performance Expectation means “Consult.”)

It is particularly important to be thoroughly familiar with the portions of RONRIB (3rd ed.) and RONR (12th ed.) cited in Performance Expectation 8.17 below.

Motions in General

1.7     Employ Chart I in RONR (12th ed.) t3-t5 to determine the precedence of other subsidiary and privileged motions. (C)
1.9     Employ the standard descriptive characteristics of individual motions and Tables II and IV through VII in the RONR (12th ed.) “t” pages to quickly lookup the information they provide, as explained in RONRIB (3rd ed.) Chapter 12 E & F (pp. 106-108) and in RONR (12th ed.) 7:1–4. (C)
1.10     Employ Table III in the RONR (12th ed.) “t” pages to provide advice regarding the proper form for making motions. (C)

Point of Order

4.4     Rapidly research and apply the exceptions to the timeliness requirement for a Point of Order given in RONR (12th ed.) 23:6. (C)

Suspend the Rules

4.12    Rapidly research and apply the detailed provisions applying the prohibition on suspending seven categories of rules explained in RONR (12th ed.) 25:7-13. (C)

Rescind/Amend Something Previously Adopted

5.3     Rapidly research and apply the rules in Standard Descriptive Characteristics 6 and 7 in RONR (12th ed.) 35:2(6–7). (C)


7.13     Know and employ the detailed rules governing nominations by a nominating committee and from the floor to advise the presiding officer and others by referring to RONR (12th ed.) 46:6–21 Significant 12th ed. clarifications. (C)


7.20     Know how to advise tellers on how properly to count ballots using Table VIII and RONR (12th ed.) 45:31–36, and 46:33–34 Substantial 12th ed. revisions. (C)

Serve as a Parliamentarian in a Meeting in General

8.17     Quickly find, explain (accurately, clearly and succinctly), and properly apply rules whose application may be needed in a meeting, using the RONR (12th ed.) table of contents, tables, and index as described in RONRIB (3rd ed.) pp. 107-109, and examples as explained in RONR 10:37. (C)

Practice Questions for Part 8

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