All the partners at Schilansky & Binnall hold the credentials of Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) with the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) and Certified Professional Parliamentarian-Teacher (CPP-T) with the American Institute of Parliamentarians. Only thirty-two parliamentarians in the world currently hold all these credentials and designations, the highest possible level of parliamentary distinction in the field.
The Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) credential is awarded by the National Association of Parliamentarians. In order to receive the PRP credential the parliamentarian must first achieve a grade of 80 or higher on a written examination covering the material in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised and related parliamentary publications. Next the parliamentarian must demonstrate an ability to apply their knowledge. Before the PRP is awarded the individual has demonstrated proficiency in opinion writing, problem solving, teaching and presiding. Continuing education is required to maintain the credential.
The Certified Professional Parliamentarian (CPP) credential is awarded by the American Institute of Parliamentarians. In order to receive the CPP credential a parliamentarian must first achieve a grade of 80 or above on a written examination that includes multiple choice, short answer and essay questions covering material found in Robert's Rules of Order, Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure and other parliamentary works. Next, the parliamentarian must achieve a grade of 90 or above on an oral examination during which the candidate must demonstrate practical knowledge of parliamentary procedure as well as demonstrate an expertise in presiding. Before receiving his credential the parliamentarian must demonstrate significant experience in the field. Continuing education is required to maintain the certification.
The Teacher of Parliamentary Procedure (-T) credential is also awarded by the American Institute of Parliamentarians to certified parliamentarians who receive additional training and have experience teaching parliamentary procedure.