Credentials are those little letters after a person’s name that tell you what qualifications they have. In the Parliamentary world, there are currently five sets that are recognized by major organizations. Yes, there are other ones put out by other organizations, but they do not have the recognition.
The five are CP, CPP, -T, RP, and PRP. The first three are issued by the American Institute of Parliamentarians; and the last two are issued by the National Association of Parliamentarians.
CP means Certified Parliamentarian. To gain this accreditation, one must pass a written test and accumulate a certain number of points. The test covers Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code (4th Edition), Cannon’s Rules of Order, and Demeter’s Blue Book.
CPP means Certified Professional Parliamentarian. To gain this accreditation, you need to first have obtained your CP credentials. You have to accumulate more service points. You need to pass a two part Oral Exam — one part of which is presiding and the other part is answering questions.
The -T is a teaching credential. You need to have at least a CP to obtain it. You then need to take a training course and pass it. After the course, you need to accumulate 15 hours teaching parliamentary procedure.
Once you have obtained the above credentials, you need to renew them. This is done by attending conferences or the like; or, in the case of the teaching certification, teaching at an approved workshop or doing another approved activity.
The above three are done through the American Institute of Parliamentarians. You need to contact them via their website (www.aipparl.org) The website will provide you with all the information you need.
RP means Registered Parliamentarian and is given to those passing an exam given by the National Association of Parliamentarians. The exam is on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.
PRP means Professional Registered Parliamentarian. To get this you need to take and pass course. To keep it, you need to take and pass a requalifying course.
To get all the information you need, go to parliamentarians.org and look at the information provided.
These five are the most common. Good luck with getting them.