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New CPA Parliamentary Academy Online Courses

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About the CPA Parliamentary Academy

A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliaments

Learn Online with the CPA 

Our existing online courses

Ten online courses, designed specifically for busy Parliamentarians and clerks with the support of more than 50 experienced Parliamentarians, clerks and external experts from across the Commonwealth, are currently available through the CPA's online learning portal.

All courses are FREE for CPA Members. Once our exclusive member access period concludes, paid options will be available for non-CPA Members. 

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
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Upcoming Courses

Launching Summer/Autumn 2022
To register your interest in upcoming courses, please complete the form at the bottom of the page and you will be notified when they are launched.


Effective Women's Parliamentary Caucuses (WPCs) – Key Characteristics

This course will introduce the main methods used to establish women parliamentary caucuses, based on experiences from Parliaments across the Commonwealth and beyond. It will explore how institutions have garnered support, challenged resistance and taken advantage of a window of opportunity to successfully establish their women parliamentary caucus.

Modules will cover issues including:

  • bipartisanship
  • the organisation of a caucus
  • internal communication
  • focus and objectives
  • soft power and outreach
  • funding and durability
  • male allies
Speakers and Presiding Officers Course

This course will provide a unique opportunity to provide Speakers and Presiding Officers of Parliaments with the knowledge and skills on how to perform their functions as the leaders within their parliamentary institutions. The course is equally valuable for those interested in taking up that role in the short and long-term or those that work closely with such role-holders. 

Modules will cover issues including:

  • History and evolution of the speakership
  • Constitutional role of the speaker
  • Powers and procedural role
  • Administration and management of parliaments
  • Speaker as Committee Chair
  • Speaker's Team and working with stakeholders
  • Life after the speakership

Future Courses

Launching Autumn/Winter 2022

A further 2 online CPA Parliamentary Academy online courses will be launched later in 2022. These courses will complement the existing curriculum. All courses will remain FREE for CPA Members.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals: Parliaments’ role in their implementation
  • Chairing a Parliamentary Committee

Register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy

Sign up to get started with our online courses

To sign up for existing coursesRegister for the CPA Parliamentary Academy. Once your information has been verified, you will be provided with an online account log-in. It can take between 24-36 hours to set-up the account. Incomplete forms may take longer to process so please ensure you verify that you are a Member or employee of a CPA Branch.

To express your interest in upcoming courses: Complete the form at the bottom of the page and you will be notified when they are launched.

Interested in upcoming courses but want to get started now? Sign up and complete our existing courses ahead of the launch!

Expression of Interest: Upcoming CPA Parliamentary Academy Courses

Let us know which online courses you are interested in and you will be notified when they are added to the CPA Parliamentary Academy. If you are a non-CPA Member, we'll let you know when paid options are available.

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