The Academy

CPA launches its new Parliamentary Academy

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has launched a portfolio of parliamentary professional development courses as part of the new CPA Parliamentary Academy: A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliamentarians. The Academy has been developed for the benefit of the CPA’s membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures.

The new CPA Parliamentary Academy brings together:

  • a new online learning portal for Members of Parliament, Clerks and parliamentary staff to access online training and professional development via the CPA’s new modern and accessible website. This includes video and online resources.
  • two residency-based workshops on advanced parliamentary development for Commonwealth Parliamentarians that complement the online courses.
  • access to externally delivered courses with the CPA’s partners in leading international universities and professional development training institutions.

The CPA Headquarters has developed the new, adaptive and flexible Parliamentary Academy online courses with contributions from over 50 experienced Parliamentarians, Clerks and external experts from across the Commonwealth to offer their insight and advice on a wide range of subjects, from gender-sensitive budgeting to codes of conduct.

The Acting Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Ian Liddell-Grainger, MP (United Kingdom) said:

“One of the key aims of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is to support and equip Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff in their mission to adhere to the highest standards of democracy. The launch of the new CPA Parliamentary Academy will further these aims and provide the CPA’s membership with the skills and knowledge to deepen their commitment to good governance.”

To find out more about what the Academy offers you, CPA Secretary-General Stephen Twigg introduces the CPA Parliamentary Academy.

The CPA Secretary-General, Stephen Twigg reflected that:

“The aim of the CPA Parliamentary Academy and its suite of online and in-person courses is to strengthen the capacity of Commonwealth Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to fulfil their constitutional and statutory obligations as well as to enhance knowledge and understanding of the role of Parliament. The CPA has reached across its network to bring together the wide expertise of Speakers and Presiding Officers, Ministers, Members of Parliament and Clerks and senior parliamentary staff in the development of the new CPA Parliamentary Academy demonstrating the breadth of the Association’s membership.”

Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff across the CPA’s membership of 180 Parliaments and Legislatures are invited to register their interest in the CPA Parliamentary Academy with online courses due to start soon.

Click here to find out more about the CPA Parliamentary Academy or follow the instructions below to register.



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.

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Register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy

To register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy, please email or fill out a Contact Us form

You can use the template message below to provide us with your details:

I am writing to register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy
CPA Branch:
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Once the relevant information has been verified, an online account will be set up. Registrants will then be able to access the course(s) via the website portal. Once on the portal, registrants should go to the All Courses panel and register for the course(s). 

Please Note: It can take between 24-36 hours to set-up the registration account.

It is strongly encouraged that applicants notify their CPA Branch Secretary when applying for the course.

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