Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians
                                                   ʻAhahui Loea Lula Hoʻomalu o Hawaiʻi

                                                    A Constituent Division of the
                                                NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARLIAMENTARIANS®


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The Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians regularly offers and sponsors educational classes, workshops and lectures on Parliamentary Procedure to interested individuals and groups.

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We have progams of general information and programs for those intesested in the membership exam to become members of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARLIAMENTARIANS® (NAP).

After becoming a member of the NAP (see "How to Join"), you may want to become a "Registered Parliamentarian" (RP).

The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PARLIAMENTARIANS® accredits members that pass a detailed five part registration exam, composed of multiple choice questions taken from Study Guide for NAP Registration Examination, as well as a timed, open-book research section. The minimum passing grade to become a Registered Parliamentarian is 85% for parts II-V and 80% for part I. Anyone who has taken this exam will share with you that it is not an easy test. It is designed to show your proficiency in parliamentary procedure, knowing the rules and where to find them in RONR (Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised).

Part 1. Research questions. 5 quotations from RONR and you have 30 minutes to find the page and line number of each quote.
Part 2.  Motions & Related Concepts
Part 3.  Meetings, Sessions & Related Procedures
Part 4. Officers and Elections, Voting, Boards and Committees
Part 5. Rules of the Assembly & 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 who has passed at least three parts 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 ParliamentarianĀ® There are tools to help you study! The test questions are randomly selected from the 1200 questions in the "Study Guide for Registration" from NAP and ParlQuest™. See also the NAP website for more information & application forms.

Now you've passed.... and it can be a great thing if you find yourself at a meeting, and you need to rely on instant recall of the rules! AND you can actually find the RONR page reference where that ruling is when asked! The goal, of course, is not just to pass an exam - it's to ensure you have the ability and preparation you need in order to funciton effectively in any meeting of any deliberative assembly.

RP's who also demonstrate added proficiency in teaching and presiding can obtain a certification from NAP as a PRP or Professional Registered Parliamentarian.

This PQC or Professional Qualifiying Course can be taken electronically through a series of required and elective online modules taken individually or in person at includes course conducted at various locations throughout the U.S. taught by two trained instructors from NAP. The required "training" modules are:

  • 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

A Professional Registered Parliamentarian (PRP) is qualified to assist individuals and organizations in parliamentary procedure that enables the timely and efficient conduct of business. Correct parliamentary procedure is based on democratic principles and respect for the dignity of the individual. They also can be:

  • A professional presider
  • Bylaws consultant
  • Seminar and workshop presenter
  • Minutes taking expert
  • Parliamentary opinion writer
  • Expert witness on parliamentary procedure
  • Convention consultant
  • Agenda planner
  • Election consultant

Hawaiʻi State Association of Parliamentarians
June Asato, President
info@hsap.org       P.O. Box 10731, Honolulu, HI 96816