Frequently Asked Questions

What is parliamentary procedure?

Parliamentary procedure is the set of rules and customs that governs an organization and its meetings. Parliamentary procedure makes meetings more effective and efficient, maintains order in meetings, and facilitates cooperation among members. Parliamentary procedure also covers the topics of governing documents, other organization documents, election procedures, and convention and annual meeting procedures.

What is a parliamentarian?

A parliamentarian is an advisor to the presiding officer on parliamentary procedure. The parliamentarian is knowledgeable in the adopted parliamentary authority, minutes, and governing document.

Professional parliamentarians are independent consultants, usually serving as an advisor to the president. They offer their extensive knowledge and experience, making meetings more orderly, efficient, and effective. Professional parliamentarians obtain their credentials from two organizations, the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

How can a professional parliamentarian help my organization?

A professional parliamentarian can provide a variety of benefits for your board or organization:

  • Effective and Efficient Meetings
  • Smooth and Fair Elections
  • Positive Image of Presiding Officer and Organization Based on Conduct of Meetings
  • Strong and Appropriate Foundation through Organization’s Governing Documents

These are only some of the many benefits that a professional parliamentarian can bring to your organization.

Above all, parliamentarians are teachers. They train officers and educate members on parliamentary procedure. When both the members and leaders of the organization understand how to use parliamentary procedure correctly, the meetings will be as positive and effective as possible.