There is a basic
membership quiz you must pass to become a member of NAP & HSAP.
It is 40 questions based on the first 11 chapters of the 2nd edition of Roberts Rules of
Order Newly Revised in Brief. A minimum score of 70% is required.
The membership application will specify a paper quiz or an online quiz. You may download the appropriate form "Application Form-Paper Exam" or "Application Form-Online Exam" from the Documents section of the NAP website, or you may request it from NAP Headquarters.
A bound & printed
version is available for sale from NAP and includes the application form as well.
Their toll free number is (888) 627-2929.
Many of the HSAP members are ready to help you study for the quiz as
well as be available to serve as your proctor. Contact our President,
or any of our officers on our "About HSAP"
page and if you are interested, come to a local unit meeting and meet
our members. We enjoy seeing new faces and invite all to attend.
You've studied and
you are ready to take the quiz.... now what? You need to send in your
application with a check for your dues to NAP & HSAP. The NAP dues are prorated after January (see the chart on the application form) and the HSAP dues are an additional $10.
You can also fax it in with a credit card payment. Your proctor
receives the test and you take it on the pre-specified day that was
stated on your application.
There is no time
limit, but the average time it takes to complete this quiz is 15 minutes.
Regular Membership in NAP and HSAP is not to be represented as or confused with a credential. Nor does passing the membership quiz "certify" the member as a parliamentarian.
As described on the NAP website:
At the primary level of NAP membership, regular members receive all of the standard benefits of NAP membership after demonstrating basic knowledge of parliamentary principles by completing a diagnostic quiz related to parliamentary procedure. Regular membership demonstrates a commitment to learning and practicing fair and effective democratic processes, and allows members to participate more fully in the activities of the National Association of Parliamentarians®. Regular members help introduce provisional members to parliamentary concepts; serve their local and state/province organizations in leadership roles; and can serve as a delegate to state/province and national conventions.