Update on the NAP Credentialing process:

The NAP Commission on Credentialing has six commissioners, serving staggered three-year terms, with authority to “determine the professional credentials to be offered by NAP (RP, PRP, and others as determined by the commission)…establish the criteria for obtaining the credentials consistent with the Body of Knowledge, …[and] establish renewal requirements and procedures…” The credentialing process would temporarily remain under the authority of, and be administered by, the professional development committee as it has in the past, pending the commission’s deliberations on and establishment of a revised credentialing process (2-3).

The commission has made considerable progress in formulating the Performance Assessment Tasks to be used in assessing candidates’ mastery of the Performance Standards for Registered Parliamentarians. Tasks remaining for the commission before the new credentialing process can be put into effect include completing these, preparing actual tests and assignments to implement those assessment tasks and recruiting and training parliamentarians who will administer and evaluate those tests and assignments. The commission will be working assiduously on these tasks between the 2016 NAP Training Conference and the 2017 NAP Convention. Its intent is to implement the new credentialing process for candidates for registered parliamentarian, and then turn its attention to formulating the performance assessment tasks for professional registered parliamentarian, followed by preparing actual tests and assignments to implement the PRP assessment tasks (4).

The registration exam has tested “book” knowledge, while the PRP certification process has emphasized the role of actually serving as parliamentarian. The new process creates a fundamentally different division between the roles of registered and professional registered parliamentarians. Under the new credentials:

  1. an RP will be expected to be qualified to serve as a parliamentarian for most ordinary meetings under usual circumstances and to provide commonly needed parliamentary advice to ordinary associations, while
  2. a PRP will be expected to be qualified to serve as a parliamentarian for meetings dealing with less common or more complex parliamentary issues, and to provide expert parliamentary advice to organizations dealing with unusual or complex issues (7).

Grandfathering new RPs and PRPs: Anyone who, at the time of the new credentialing process takes effect, has successfully completed at least two parts of the current registration exam other than the research (open book) part will be permitted to attain the status of Registered Parliamentarian by successfully completing the remaining parts of the examination within the time limitation then in effect (12).

No one who holds RP or PRP credentials at the time the new process for attaining RP and PRP status goes into effect will be required to go through that process to retain those credentials. The current process for retaining either status for the present remains the same (12).

What if such a registered parliamentarian wishes to advance to professional registered status? Those RPs will have a period of approximately two years from the date the new credentials process takes effect to employ the then-current process to attain PRP status. The exact grace period will be given in the announcement that establishes the date on which the new credentialing process will take effect (12).

A grandfathered RP who wishes to advance to PRP after the grace period expires will be require first to attain RP under the new credentialing process (12).

The credentialing process is still being amended. As previously mentioned, the commission will be recruiting PRPs qualified to administer the tests and assignments. More information is available in the 73-page Criteria for Credentialing. I encourage everyone who is interested in pursuing RP or PRP status to consider the timeframe for implementation for the new credentialing process. You may want to expedite your credentialing process!

Valoree Althoff, PRP

District 6 Director

This information is taken directly from the NAP Criteria for Credentialing Preliminary Edition published August 2016 and presented at the 2016 NTC. For any questions, contact hq@nap2.org and be sure to copy NAP District 6 Director, Valoree Althoff, PRP at valoreealthoffprp@outlook.com.