National Association of Parliamentarians

The National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) is, despite its name, an organization with international membership that is the largest non-profit association of parliamentarians in the world.[3] NAP is dedicated to the study, promotion, and use of parliamentary procedure as the basis of democratic process during meetings worldwide.[4] Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR) is the parliamentary authority that is used by the NAP.[5]

National Association of Parliamentarians
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Type501(c)(3) non-profit corporation
Purpose"educating leaders throughout the world in effective meeting management through the use of parliamentary procedure"
Headquarters213 South Main Street, Independence, Missouri, United States
Official language
Darlene T. Allen, PRP[1]
Executive Director
Cyndy Launchbaugh
Timothy R. Wynn, PRP[2]
NAP headquarters in Independence, Missouri

NAP was organized in 1930 and has approximately 3,400 members from the U.S., Canada, China, and Japan actively studying and using parliamentary procedure in civic, charitable, community, faith-based organizations, business and professional associations, and government entities.[6] NAP also offers a certification program for those who are actively providing professional parliamentary consulting services to others.[7]

NAP holds a biennial convention (odd numbered years), a national training conference (even numbered years) and offers web-based courses, webinars, and printed educational and reference material through the national office.[8] NAP also partners with the University of Wisconsin with an online introductory course on parliamentary procedure that gives students the opportunity to become regular members.[9]

NAP members can be involved with local units (chapters), their state association, and their districts.[10]


NAP has several levels of membership:[11]

Regular member
An individual has passed the membership exam covering basic information on parliamentary procedure.
Registered Parliamentarian (RP)
An individual has passed an extensive written test on parliamentary procedure.
Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP)
An individual has completed a "Professional Qualifying Course". In this course, the member demonstrates a thorough knowledge and proficiency in applying parliamentary procedure to the conduct of meetings of all sizes, in writing and interpreting bylaws, in providing parliamentary opinions, in teaching parliamentary procedure, and in serving organizations in other areas of parliamentary procedure and practice.

To maintain RP and PRP status, members must participate in continuing education.

NAP also offers student and retired membership. Those individuals who wish to begin studying parliamentary procedure can join a local study unit as a provisional unit member.[12]


  • National Parliamentarian – a quarterly publication of NAP which includes articles on parliamentary procedure, and NAP news and current events.[13]
  • NAP Update – a monthly member newsletter with schedules of upcoming webinars, nationally and regionally sponsored events, and other association information.[14]

NAP has also published a wide variety of educational material, reference materials and meeting aids related to Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised.[15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Board of Directors and Headquarters Staff".
  3. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » FAQ". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  4. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » About". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  5. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Parliamentary Basics". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  6. ^ Slaughter, Jim; Ragsdale, Gaut; Ericson, Jon L. (2012). Notes and Comments on Robert's Rules (Fourth ed.). Carbondale and Edwardsville: Southern Illinois University Press. p. 154. ISBN 978-0-8093-3215-1.
  7. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Accreditation". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  8. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Services". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  9. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » How to Apply". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  10. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Organizational Structure". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  11. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Types of NAP Membership". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  12. ^ Ricketts, Cliff; Ricketts, John C. (2011). Leadership: Personal Development and Career Success (3rd ed.). Clifton Park, NY: Delmar, Cengage Learning. p. 302. ISBN 978-1-4354-9288-2.
  13. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » Magazine". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  14. ^ "National Association of Parliamentarians » NAP Update". Retrieved 2016-02-17.
  15. ^ "Online Store". Retrieved 2016-02-17.

Further readingEdit

  • National Association of Parliamentarians (1998). History of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Turner. ISBN 978-1563113116.

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