International Professional Development Programme for Parliamentary Staff  

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in partnership with the World Bank Group and McGill University are collaborating on a university based Executive Development Programme for parliamentary staff, with a one-week residential seminar at McGill University in Canada, followed by expert-moderated e-learning courses. This year’s programme build on the successful collaborations from 2013 onwards. 

The one-week intensive residency training will take place in Montreal, Canada from 16 to 20 May 2016 and will be followed by five web-based courses from September 2016 to June 2017.

Designed in close collaboration with senior parliamentary staff from across the Commonwealth, the programme is aimed at giving mid-level parliamentary staff a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of parliaments worldwide and greater insights into the workings of their own parliaments. It is uniquely designed to meet the professional development needs of parliamentary staff in the 21st Century.

Topics for the online courses will include:
- Public Financial Management
- Corporate Management of Parliament - Part 1 and Part 2
- Parliamentary Research and IT
- Parliamentary Committees

For further information and to book your place on this programme please contact the CPA Secretariat via or email

You can also download a leaflet about the course at the link below.