CPA FUNDAMENTALS PROGRAMME

An accredited programme for Parliamentarians on parliamentary practice and procedure and international good practices of parliamentary democracy.


The first of its kind, the main objective of the programme is to strengthen the capacity of Parliamentarians by equipping them with: 
Greater depth of knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure 
Increased in-depth and practical knowledge based on accepted theories and international good practices of parliamentary democracy
An accredited qualification from an internationally recognised university that will benefit participants for life during and after Parliament

Feedback from participants:

The CPA is indeed a wonderful organisation which continues to expose Parliamentarians to best practices across the globe. The experience was fantastic. Thanks for the exposure, the cultural exchange, the intellectual and practical solutions discussed as Parliamentarians. We will certainly be better-off having attended. A tremendous thanks once more…. LONG LIVE THE CPA…LONG LIVE!” Michael Stewart, MP, Jamaica on the CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Course on Practice and Procedure at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

          
Commonwealth Parliamentarians on the CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Course on Practice and Procedure at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa (May 2017)

Commonwealth Parliamentarians from CPA Small Branches on the CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Course on Practice and Procedure for Small Branches at McGill University, Canada (April 2017)

The CPA programme is interactive and comprehensive, comprising online modules as well as face-to-face contact sessions on-site with our selected partner universities. It develops well-informed, skilled parliamentary leaders, who will go on to contribute to creating strong democratic legislatures that adhere to principles of good governance. 

There are two separate courses run for Parliamentarians meeting the following criteria:
(1) Newly-elected Parliamentarians with up to two years’ experience of being a Parliamentarian – CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Course on Practice and Procedure at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
(2) Newly-elected Parliamentarians from Small Branches with up to two years’ experience of being a Parliamentarian – CPA Parliamentary Fundamentals Course on Practice and Procedure for Small Branches at McGill University, Canada


The courses are uniquely designed to meet the professional development needs of new Parliamentarians, and so encompass a wide variety of modules, including sessions relating to the following: Core functions of Parliament, Roles within Parliament, Accountability, and the changing nature of Parliaments. In addition, the particularities of small jurisdictions are examined in the Small Branches course.

The CPA’s flagship Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure was launched during the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference click here and began in February 2017. Further courses are planned for 2018 and 2019 so please contact us for further details.

For further information about the CPA Fundamentals Programme please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat at hq.sec@cpahq.org.

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