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Workshops on Demand

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES BY NAP
COURSE DURATION 6 MONTHS
(Note:  These courses will be hosted by NAP Trainers for the University of Wisconsin)

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: Dynamics of Leadership

Course Description

An introductory course based on Roberts’ Rules of Order, the most widely used and authoritative reference in the field of meeting procedure and management. If you are involved in an organization and want to have quality meetings that result in decisions rather than more meetings, this course is for you. Students who finish this course and pass the examination with a grade of C or higher are eligible for membership in the National Association of Parliamentarians without further testing.

Course Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of meeting leadership
  • To understand basic strategies of using parliamentary procedure to aid the process for an effective meeting
  • To acquire fundamental skills for a facilitative environment

Anticipated Audience
Learners seeking to increase meeting effectiveness within their organizations by managing meetings effectively.

Intermediate Parliamentary Procedure: Bylaws and Other Governing Documents

Course Description

A study of the hierarchy of rules based on Roberts’s Rules of order. A typical deliberative assembly has rules that guide the work of the organization. This course will guide the participants through understanding the form and function of bylaws and other governing documents. Students who finish this course with a grade of C or higher will have completed one test of the five tests for progression to Registered Parliamentarian.

Course Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the rules governing deliberative assemblies
  • To understand the form and purpose of each set of rules
  • To understand the process for changing the rules

Anticipated Audience
Learners seeking to increase meeting effectiveness within their organizations by understanding the application and utilization of various rules.

Improving Decision-making through Effective Conflict Management

Course Description

Skills developed in conflict management training can be used in almost every aspect of life where there is interaction between two or more people. This course provides essential knowledge and skills for those interested in this field. This training will prepare you to use basic mediation skills to manage conflict in both formal and informal settings. Building upon this foundation learners will be able to leverage multiple skills in mastering conflict.

Course Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of mediation and conflict management
  • To understand basic strategies of conflict management in a meeting setting
  • To acquire fundamental skills for a facilitative environment

Anticipated Audience
Learners seeking to increase meeting effectiveness within their organizations by managing conflict and utilizing processes to bolster their ability to make good group decisions.

Practical Leadership Communication Skills

Course Description

As a leader’s responsibilities grow, basic communication skills can be the difference between success and failure. In any leadership role, it is necessary to be able to convey ideas in ways that lead to effective decision-making, teamwork, and action.

This course delves into communication tools and techniques useful for successful managers inside and outside a meeting setting. Exploring various communication types, this program aims to increase the learner’s persuasiveness in written and oral communications within a wide range of settings.

Course Objectives

  • Learn nonverbal communication techniques involving presence, body language, and delivery.
  • Structure communications to adapt to different business situations and audiences.
  • Generate ideas for organizing, preparing, and delivering effective presentations.
  • Understand the role of communications skills in presiding over or facilitating effective meetings.

Anticipated Audience
Aspiring business professionals at all levels of experience who would like to be more effective in written and oral communications.

Effective Board of Director Best Practices

Course Description

Volunteers join nonprofit boards because they are passionate about the mission. But, are they adequately prepared to make meaningful contributions to the organization they care so deeply about?

This course will help learners become effective, purposeful nonprofit board members. They will learn processes and best practices for serving and leading successful organizations.

Course Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of the role of the not for profit board member.
  • Obtain skills and leverage tools to effectively participate in board meetings.
  • Acquire basic strategic planning and decision-making skills.

Anticipated Audience
Learners and aspiring community leaders seeking to serve on not for profit boards and individuals seeking board membership who want to be more fully prepared to understand and handle the responsibilities of effective board membership, from meeting productivity to strategic planning.

The STAR Program

Course Description

Are you a STAR?  Are you serving as a presiding officer, secretary, treasurer, appointed parliamentarian, committee member?  If you have served, are serving, or will serve let us recognize your work and accomplishments in your service.

Then “The Rising STAR (Skills, Talents, Awards and Recognition) program is designed exactly for you.  The program will recognize and reward your proficiency in presiding, competency as an appointed parliamentarian for an organization, affirmation as an elected officer in an organization (secretary or treasurer), or significant participation in committee work (e.g. bylaws or nominating).

So you ask “What is in it for me to participate in the STAR program?”  First, you are assigned your own mentor – with RP or PRP credential – to help you through the process and to validate that you complete the requirements for a particular project.  This mentor becomes your champion for completing your STAR or STARs!  Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of merit, letter of commendation for completing the required tasks, and your STAR!

Course Objectives

  • The purpose of this project is to recognize and reward non-credentialed members of NAP in the field of parliamentary participation. Such recognition or reward will not apply to NAP members who have achieved RP or PRP status or are classified as a retired RP or PRP.

Anticipated Audience
What’s in it for an NAP member? The STARs themselves are intended to provide support, incentive and encouragement for non-credentialed members to: (1) remain in NAP, (2) have achievable goals to work on which bring them closer to eventual credentialing, and (3) feel personally supported, valued, involved and engaged in NAP and its educational components (i.e. bragging rights!). This has the intent of giving more purpose and meaning to being a member of NAP especially for MALs or international members who do not have nearby study units for support, learning, encouragement or feedback.

Fun with Parliamentary Procedure

Price: $59

Fun tools in this interactive online course help you learn the fundamentals of parliamentary procedure to be a more effective member and leader of your organization.

Minutes Made Easy

Price: $25

Designed for people new to taking minutes or who want to improve or correct their minute-taking skills. Preparing concise, accurate minutes is an essential skill for secretaries of any organization and for members responsible for reviewing and correcting minutes.

Construction of a Successful Organization

Price: $125
CEU: 6

Provides an in-depth look at how bylaws create a foundation on which the organization is built. All aspects of bylaws are covered, from the creation of new bylaws to interpretation of existing bylaws, and the relationship of bylaws to an organization’s other governing documents.

Registration Exam Preparation

Price: $40

Practice for the NAP Registration Exam. All the questions for Parts II, III, IV, and V are available as a separate course. Get instant feedback on your answers with references to guide you to the correct answer. When you complete a part, close it; then when you open it again, a whole new test is generated. The fee for each part is $10 and the course is available for 30 days from the day of enrollment.

Parliamentary Procedure Made Easy

Price: $125

Based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief, this course is designed for people who are new to using parliamentary procedure, or who would like a refresher on the fundamental concepts of effective meeting procedure.

Selecting Your Leaders

Price: $49

For the beginning learner interested in how to handle nominations, manage elections, and conduct ballot voting. Learn the procedures for transparent and fair elections that inspire members’ trust and confidence.

What to Say and When

Price: $20

Helps the presiding officer set the tone for the meeting. Knowing what to say and when gives a new president or chairman confidence about how to handle a motion, and manage discussion and decision making.

Facilitated Learning

Group Learning Through a Parliamentary Unit

One of the most valuable NAP membership benefits is the opportunity for members to learn in a group setting and put their knowledge to practical use.

While it can be challenging enough to learn about effective meeting procedure—creating agendas, scripting meetings, and managing discussion to make the greatest use of everyone’s time—it is quite another to run a meeting as a presiding officer. Participation in a NAP unit allows you to participate as a member, committee member, elected officer, or parliamentarian—all in a learning environment where challenging situations can be analyzed, skills practiced, and learning reinforced.

Group learning involves members with a wide range of experience. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of experienced parliamentarians, share your past challenges and successes, and help one another be effective members, facilitators, and parliamentary consultants. See which units are active in your area!

Classes

Various divisions of NAP sponsor classes and workshops in effective meeting procedure in locations around North America. Local units and state and provincial associations often sponsor public workshops. These classes are designed to help individuals and organizations gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.

NAP associations and regional divisions also typically hold workshops in conjunction with their annual or biennial meetings. These workshops focus on a variety of parliamentary topics, and are led by experienced parliamentarians. NAP’s National Training Conference and Biennial Convention include several days of workshops designed to hone members’ parliamentary skills.

Check the NAP event calendar for classes and workshops in your area.

NAP Membership and Credentialing

NAP Membership

Take the NAP Membership Exam in one of 4 ways.

  • The 40 Question Membership Exam – Based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised In Brief (RONRIB). The membership application asks you to specify a paper exam or an online exam.  Click here to access the Membership Application.  (can you include a hotlink here to for the Membership Application? AND will this be the application a potential member can actually complete online?) 
  • The 100 Question Membership Exam – Based on Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. The membership application asks you to specify a paper exam or an online exam.  Click here to access the Membership Application.  (can you include a hotlink here to for the Membership Application? AND will this be the application a potential member can actually complete online?)  The 300 question study guide [insert link to 300 question study guide] can help you prepare for this exam. 
  • University of Wisconsin Independent Study Course – Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure – Based on Robert’s Rules of Order and the National Association of Parliamentarian’s Body of Knowledge. The University of Wisconsin, in partnership with NAP offers this independent study course for which the student earns 14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and qualifies the student for NAP membership without further testing.  (can you include a hotlink here to for the Membership Application and to the University of Wisconsin’s online offering? AND will this be the application a potential member can actually complete online?)
  • Independent Study Modules (coming soon)
Accreditation: Registered and Professional Registered Credentials

NAP awards two levels of accreditation above its basic membership level: Registered Parliamentarian® (RP®) and Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®).

REGISTERED PARLIAMENTARIAN®
Registered Parliamentarian® (RP®) status demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of parliamentary procedure and a thorough familiarity with Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised. This knowledge helps RPs provide quality instruction to others learning about parliamentary procedure; enables them to respond quickly and confidently to questions and situations that arise during the conduct of business in the organizations they serve or in which they participate; and allows them to quickly find details or supporting documentation of any parliamentary topic.

The Registration Examination
RP status is offered to NAP members who successfully complete the registration examination. The examination contains five parts:

  • Research (open book)
  • Motions and related concepts
  • Meetings, sessions and related procedures
  • Officers and elections, voting, boards and committees, and related procedures
  • Rules of the assembly and related procedures

Five research questions are presented, and the 300 questions in the remaining four sections of the exam are taken from a set of 1,200 questions published by NAP and available for order. An applicant may retake an examination on any part or parts not passed. The registration re-examination must be taken within nine months. If not successfully completed within that time, the entire examination must be retaken to attain the designation of Registered Parliamentarian®.

Taking the Registration Examination
To take the registration examination, the member should download the Registration Exam Application Form or contact NAP Headquarters to request a blank form. The examination may be taken at any time; however, the application and examination fee must be postmarked no later than 40 days prior to the date of the examination.

Examination fees are $150 for the full exam, $25 for Part I, and $50 for Parts II – V.

Maintaining RP® Status
Members who have achieved RP® status retain that status by successfully completing continuing education units over a six year period and maintaining their RP® membership with NAP. More information and reporting forms can be found on the Documents page under Member Resources.

PROFESSIONAL REGISTERED PARLIAMENTARIAN® 
Professional Registered Parliamentarian® (PRP®) status indicates that a member has the knowledge and practical skills to successfully deliver parliamentary services. Building on the expertise demonstrated at the Registered Parliamentarian® level, the PRP® designation shows that the member can provide quality parliamentary services and has agreed to adhere to the code of ethics adopted by NAP. PRPs are also eligible to participate in NAP’s professional referral service.

Obtaining PRP® Status
PRP® status is granted to a Registered Parliamentarian® who successfully completes a Professional Qualifying Course and demonstrates competency and skills in these areas:

  • serving as a professional parliamentarian and/or professional presider at conventions and meetings
    •working with an organization’s governing documents
    •engaging in parliamentary research and writing opinions
    •serving as an instructor/consultant
    •applying the ethical and business practices of a professional parliamentarian

Taking the Professional Qualifying Course
The Professional Qualifying Course (PQC) is offered in conjunction with NAP’s Biennial Convention, in conjunction with the National Training Conference, and at other times upon approval of the Professional Development Committee. Six or more participants are required. See the event calendar for courses currently scheduled, or contact NAP Headquarters to inquire about or arrange a class.

Maintaining PRP® Status
Once a member achieves the Professional Registered Parliamentarian® designation, he or she must maintain this status through a combination of practical experience and continuing education. PRPs must submit a record of their parliamentary service and continuing education achievement. In addition the member must successfully complete the Professional Renewal Course (PRC) every six years or equivalent PRC Modules. More information regarding the renewal requirements and the PRP points form/worksheet are available on the Documents page under Member Resources.

Professional Renewal Course
The Professional Renewal Course (PRC) is offered in conjunction with NAP’s biennial convention, in conjunction with the National Training Conference, and at other times upon approval of the Professional Development Committee. Six or more participants are required. See the event calendar for courses currently scheduled, or contact NAP Headquarters to inquire about or arrange a class.

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