PARLIAMENTARY SOCIETY OF TORONTO
To become a member of the Parliamentary Society of Toronto you must first be a member of the American Institute of Parliamentarians (AIP). The current membership dues, which are paid in US dollars, are approximately $70 ($45 US) per year for regular members under 30 years of age, $86 ($55 US) for those 30 and older. Full-time students can join for $31 ($20 US) per year. Dues can be paid by check or credit card, or pay online at the AIP's secure Internet site.
To join the Parliamentary Society of Toronto is then just a further $12 CDN per year. Dues can be paid by cheque or cash to the Treasurer of the Society.
Being a member of AIP gives you access to many valuable resources.
∑ Practicums - These 3-4 day intensive workshops are helld twice each year, Virginia in June and California in January.
∑ Annual Session - A different AIP Region hosts the Annual Session each year. Along with the business meetings, each session also offers interactive training in parliamentary procedure.
∑ Bookstore - AIPís bookstore offers valuable books, charts, pamphlets, and other helpful materials.
∑ The Parliamentary Journal - Members of AIP receive a subscription to the Parliamentary Journal, a quarterly journal offering scholarly and educational articles about parliamentary procedure.
∑ The Communicator - AIP members also receive the Communicator, a quarterly newsletter which keeps members up to date about upcoming events and also offers helpful parliamentary procedure information and resources.
∑ Membership Directory - Along with names and addresses of all AIP members, the directory includes AIPís action plan, bylaws, code of ethics and other important organizational documents.
The American Institute of Parliamentarians has several extensive certification programs, ensuring that members so designated have met the highest possible standards of parliamentary knowledge.
Certified Parliamentarian (CP)
An applicant for Certified Parliamentarian must have been a member of AIP for at least one year, must obtain a grade of 80 or above on a written examination, and must earn 20 service points in areas such as Parliamentary Education, Service to AIP, and Professional Services.
The written examination contains multiple choice, short answer and essay questions on parliamentary procedures covered in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Procedure, Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, and Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure.
Written examinations are offered in June. The examination is closed book and must be proctored, but can be taken at the applicant's chosen location. Proctored exams are also offered at the Practicums.
Certified Professional Parliamentarian (CPP)
An applicant for Certified Professional Parliamentarian must be a Certified Parliamentarian in good standing, must obtain a grade of 90 or above on an oral examination, and accumulate an additional 30 service points.
The oral examination covers the current editions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, along with Riddick's Rules of Procedure, and Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure. In addition to demonstrating a thorough knowledge of these manuals, the examinee must also demonstrate expertise in presiding.
Oral examinations are offered three times each year: at the Annual Session (August) , the Richard M. Lucas Memorial Practicum (January), and the Floyd M. Riddick Williamsburg Practicum (June).
Designated Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure (CP-T or CPP-T)
CPs and CPPs are eligible to apply for the teacher designation.
Applicants must complete a teacher education course offered by Education Department of the American Institute of Parliamentarians and must show evidence of at least 15 hours of successful teaching experience.