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Learning and striving for excellence should be a lifelong objective. With this in mind, the CPA has designed the Parliamentary Academy, a curriculum of online and physical courses specifically for Parliamentarians and parliamentary officials. The online courses, hosted on the new CPA website and available for free to CPA Members, will be launched on 18 May 2021.

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.

Register Your Interest 

To register your interest in the CPA Parliamentary Academy in advance of the launch on 18th May, please email hq.sec@cpahq.org or fill out a Contact Us form

You can copy + paste then complete this template message to provide us with your details:

I am writing to register my interest in the CPA Parliamentary Academy.

CPA Branch:

Position held in Parliament:

Year elected/appointed:

Parliamentary Email Address:

Once the Academy has launched, we will contact you with further details on how to apply for a course. 

You can also come back to our website from the 18th May to find full details on the courses and how to apply.