CPA Masterclass Library:
Providing expert professional development online for Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Masterclasses are a new online resource to assist Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff in their professional development.

CPA Masterclasses are concise video briefings for Members of Parliament and parliamentary staff from across the Commonwealth on a particular subject or topic such as gender, trade or parliamentary procedure. The videos are aimed at building parliamentary capacity and knowledge. 

The following Masterclasses are available:

NEW - Remote Working for Parliamentarians:

Virtual Presenting
. Practical advice on how to professionally communicate, engage and impact a virtual audience using online meeting platforms in a series of bite-size videos. Presenters: Kate Faragher, CEO of BeSpoke Skills and, Claire Farren, CEO of Farrens

Time Management. Practical advice and techniques to help create time management structures that are both disciplined and suitable to an individual’s specific needs in a series of concise videos. Presenter: Claire Farren, CEO of Farrens

Questioning. Discover the best approaches to parliamentary questioning with insights into how to effectively plan, structure, deliver and respond to questions when working remotely. This series of brief videos will provide the answers. Presenter: Kate Faragher, CEO of BeSpoke Skills
  • To access these three CPA Masterclasses - please contact your CPA Branch Secretary or email for access details.

Parliamentary Ethics:

Parliamentary Ethics and codes of conduct in Parliaments and LegislaturesPresenter: Professor Charles Sampford, Griffith University, Australia.

Disaster Risk Reduction:

Disaster Risk Reduction Law. Presenter: Various.

How Malta tackled the Libya Crisis. Presenter: Mr Tonio Fenech, Former Finance Minister, Republic of Malta

 Electoral Systems:

Electoral Systems. Presenter: Mr Malcolm Baalman, Australian political/electoral science writer and public policy analyst.

Gender and Parliament:

Gender budgeting and gender analysis. Presenter: Ms Yasmin Ratansi, MP, Federal Parliament of Canada

Women's and Gender Caucusing. Presenter: Hon. Brenda Hood, former Senator, Parliament of Grenada

How to set up a mentoring programme for female ParliamentariansPresenter: Ms Poto Williams, MP, Parliament of New Zealand

The role of male MPs as Agents of Change. Presenter: The Hon. Lechesa Tsenoli, MP, Parliament of South Africa

CWP Alumni Initiative Masterclass on Mentoring: Women Supporting Women. Presenter: Dr Lesley Clark, former Queensland MP and CWP Alumni Champion


Corporate Leadership for Parliamentarians. Presenter: Mr Ian Lawson and Ms Maggie Smith, Towards Outstanding Leadership Programme (TOLP)

Parliamentarians and Local Government:

Why cooperation matters and how to achieve results. Presenter: Dr Carl Wright, Secretary-General Emeritus and Ex-officio Board Member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum 

Separation of Powers in Relation to

The Separation of Powers and the Distinction between State and Government - Why does it matter? PresenterHon. Michael Kirby, AC CMG, UN Special Envoy to North Korea, Eminent Person on the Commonwealth Reform Panel, former Justice of the High Court of Australia

Trade and the Role of Parliamentarians:

The 10th WTO Ministerial Conference: outcomes, processes, next steps. Presenter: Mr Bernard Kuiten, Head of External Relations of the World Trade Organization

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Settlement System. Presenter: Ms Ankai Xu, Information Officer of the World Trade Organization

The Participation of CARICOM Countries in the World Trade Organisation Dispute Settlement System. Presenter: Dr Chantal Ononaiwu, Office of Trade Negotiations, The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat

The CPA Masterclasses reflect the unique strength of the CPA with its access to peer-to-peer learning and networking across the Commonwealth. The CPA Masterclasses strengthen parliamentary performance by taking advantage of the distinguished experience and vast knowledge of Parliamentarians and the parliamentary strengthening community to which the CPA is connected.

If you are a Member of Parliament or Parliamentary Clerk with an area of expertise and are interested in delivering a CPA Masterclass then please contact the CPA Headquarters Secretariat via

Updated 20/05/2020/CPAHQ.

The first group of expert CPA Masterclasses to be launched include a New Zealand Member of Parliament speaking about mentoring for female Parliamentarians; the Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa speaking about the role of male MPs in strengthening female participation in politics; a former Australian High Court Judge giving a judicial perspective on the importance of the separation of powers in relation to legislation; and experts from the World Trade Organisation speaking about the role of Parliamentarians in dispute resolution in global trade negotiations.