Learning and striving for excellence should be a lifelong objective. With this in mind, the CPA has designed a curriculum of online and physical courses specifically for Parliamentarians and parliamentary officials

These accessible courses offer an adaptive and flexible learning approach. The courses are intended to strengthen the capacity of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to fulfil their constitutional and statutory obligations as well as to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of Parliament in the democratic governance process. 

The CPA has brought together over 50 experienced Parliamentarians, clerks and external experts from across the Commonwealth to offer their insight and advice on subjects ranging from gender-sensitive budgeting to codes of conduct. 

The following online courses will be available in Spring 2021:

CPA Parliamentary Professional Development Certificate (awarded to those that complete all the courses)
• Induction for New Parliamentarians
• Legislative Process
• Scrutiny, Accountability and Oversight
• Representation, Advocacy and Education

CPA Parliamentary Service Professional Development Certificate (awarded to those that complete all the courses)
• Basic Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
• Committee System
• Administration and Management of Parliaments
• Building Relationships
• Strategy, Business Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation

Additional courses will also be rolled out in Autumn 2021 aimed specifically at Speakers and Members of the CPA’s various networks.

To register your interest in the new CPA Parliamentary Academy please email

Updated 15 January 2021/CPAHQ

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance and the organisation was founded in 1911.
For further information about the CPA, please contact: 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 
CPA Headquarters Secretariat  

T: +44 (0)20 7799 1460 
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