The National Association of Parliamentarians awards two levels of certification above its basic membership level.
The Registered Parliamentarian has passed the NAP Registration Examination, which indicates that the member has a high level of familiarity with the current edition Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (RONR*).
The exam tests the member’s knowledge in various areas of parliamentary procedure, namely: motions and related procedures; meetings; officers, boards, committees, voting, and elections; and rules of the assembly. It also tests the member’s ability to quickly locate specific quotes and topics within RONR.
This knowledge enables the RP to provide quality instruction to others learning about parliamentary procedure. It also enables the RP to respond quickly and confidently to questions, and situations, that might arise during business meetings.
Professional Registered Parliamentarian(PRP)®
Building on the expertise demonstrated at the RP level, the Professional Registered Parliamentarian has passed an additional examination on advanced knowledge of parliamentary law and procedure according to RONR, and must successfully complete a practical course demonstrating an ability to provide professional services such as presiding, performing the role of parliamentarian for a presiding officer, and issuing professional opinions.
PRP status indicates to others that this member has not only the knowledge, but also the practical skills to successfully deliver parliamentary services. As such, the PRP is qualified to assist organizations or individuals in the application of parliamentary procedure for the orderly conduct of business.
*”RONR” is the standard abbreviation parliamentarians use to cite Henry M. Robert III and others, Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11th ed. (Da Capo Press, 2011).