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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.


Climate Change and Parliamentary Action in Small Jurisdictions

Through their oversight, lawmaking and representative responsibilities, Parliamentarians can ensure that climate change is being prioritised by the executive, support coordination and dialogue among stakeholders and even drive change directly themselves.

The aim of this course is to help Parliamentarians in small jurisdictions understand how to use their position effectively to help advance climate action. 

It will explore topics including:

  • the basics of climate change science
  • the international climate change regime and domestication of international climate change commitments
  • the role of legislation, budgeting and government oversight in parliamentary action on climate change
  • the financial and budgetary implications of climate action and sources of climate finance
  • the different local stakeholders involved in climate action 


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


Making Parliaments Accessible to Persons with Disabilities

This course will provide Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with knowledge of how an effective Parliament can adjust facilities and processes to be as accessible as possible for persons with disabilities (PwDs).

The course will highlight the importance of considering accessibility for PwDs in the criteria by which parliamentary effectiveness and inclusivity is measured.

The course will cover the following topics:

  • the importance of accessibility for an inclusive world
  • what does it mean for a Parliament to be accessible
  • making parliamentary buildings accessible
  • accessible communication strategies
  • from a Parliament to a country: scaling-up accessibility 

Future Courses

Launching Autumn/Winter 2022

A further 3 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.

  • Speakers and Presiding Officers of Parliament
  • 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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