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Affiliated Courses

In 2017, the CPA established its CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure. Following the decision of the Executive Committee to transfer the former Fundamentals courses into the new CPA Parliamentary Academy, the Secretariat has sought to work with new and existing partners and associated organisations to offer a portfolio of academically rigorous accredited programmes independently.

For general information about our affiliated courses, click the + buttons next to each course below.

To apply for a place on one of these courses in 2021, scroll down to find out which courses are currently open for registration.

Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance (for MPs)

 

Also known as the CPA Fundamentals Programme on Parliamentary Practice and Procedure, the McGill Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance continues to be delivered by the  McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies through its partnership with the CPA. 

This award-winning professional development certificate programme is designed for newly-elected Members of Parliament and seeks to provide participating parliamentarians with greater depth of knowledge of parliamentary practice and procedure and practical knowledge of international good practice.

The programme is delivered through online learning and a one week residency programme at McGill in Montreal, Canada. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course was delivered entirely online. 

The next programme will commence in Autumn/Fall 2021 with applications beginning in May 2021.

Find out more about the course, download the course brochure. Or for more information on admission requirements, fees and how to apply, follow the link here.

Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management (for parliamentary staff)

This second programme is also delivered by the McGill School of Continuing Studies in partnership with the CPA. The Professional Development Programme in Parliamentary Management is a fully online non-credited programme for clerks and parliamentary staff. In 2020, the programme was completed online and the curriculum utilised the latest e-learning technologies, including interactive video conferencing, pre-recorded lectures and discussion forums. The programme consists of six moderated online courses of 6-weeks.

 

The Course seeks to aid parliamentary staff and officials to: support the work of parliamentarians, contribute to strengthening parliamentary governance in your country, apply successful research and policy analysis methods while contributing to the legislative process and exchange best practices with parliamentarians from around the world.

The next programme will commence in Autumn/Fall 2021 with applications beginning in May 2021. 

Find out more about the course, download the course brochure. Or for more information on admission requirements, fees and how to apply, follow the link here.

Backbencher to an Effective Minister: From Campaigning to Governing

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In October 2020, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat signed an agreement with the Civil Service College to expand our portfolio of support to Members through a new residency-based course aimed at newly appointed Ministers. The course is intended to help parliamentarians transition into their ministerial portfolio whilst respecting and engaging with parliament as an important governance institution.

"This new programme, that the CPA is supporting in partnership with the Civil Service College, will provide a unique opportunity for professional development for Government Ministers and bring new skills and tools to the role. As a former UK Government Minister myself, I know the effectiveness of individual Ministers can depend on their skills and so this programme is likely to have a significant impact on their effectiveness."

Stephen Twigg, CPA Secretary-General

 

 

The course is delivered once a year in London, UK. The first course is due in 2022.

To find out more about the course and how to register, please follow this link

Advanced Parliamentary Theory and Practice Programme for Parliamentary Staff

The Advanced Parliamentary Theory and Practice course by the International School for Government, King’s College, London is a fully online, credited course for clerks and parliamentary staff. This shorter 50-hour course is aimed to introduce participants to the functions that parliamentary officials are required to perform and utilises a range of interactive online activities to support learning. The course was launched for the first time on the margins of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Kampala, Uganda.

The next programme will run from the 5 July 2021 until the 30 July 2021. Deadline for applications is the 13 June 2021

Find out more about the course, admission requirements, fees and how to apply, follow the link here.

Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Delivered by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) the Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny explores in-depth the theory and practice of post-legislative scrutiny as an oversight tool. The course adopts a holistic outlook that places post-legislative scrutiny in the legislative cycle. 

The course covers:

  • Scrutiny across the legislative cycle
  • Triggers of scrutiny: monitoring, review and sunset clauses
  • Gender-sensitive post-legislative scrutiny
  • Post-legislative scrutiny of environment and climate change legislation
  • Post-legislative scrutiny of corruption legislation
  • Post-legislative scrutiny of emergency legislation
  • From ex-post scrutiny to new legislation

The course is delivered online and is aimed at parliamentarians, senior clerks and officials as well as parliamentary development practitioners and academics. 

Timing of the Course:
The Advanced Course takes place during the month of July 2021 in online format. It will be delivered every Monday and Friday of the month July, on the following dates: July 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 and 30. Each session will be half-day (9.00 – 11.30 AM – UK times).

Fees
Standard Fees:

  • Full Fee: £650.00
  • Reduced fee: £450.00*

*Reduced fee for participants from Official Development Assistance (ODA)-recipients and staff of WFD, DFID, FCDO, Westminster Parliament and the devolved assemblies in the UK 

To find out more about the course, view the leaflet here or download the course outline

To register for a place on the course, head to the Institute's site here

Agora Portal Online Courses

The AGORA eLearning Portal for Parliamentary Development was established initially as part of a partnership led by UNDP and supported by the CPA. Originally created to act as an international repository of learning materials, the Agora Portal has expanded into eLearning. In partnership with the Inter Pares Project: Parliaments in Partnership is the EU’s Global Programme to Strengthen the Capacity of Parliaments the courses include:

  • Parliamentary Oversight
  • Climate Change and Environmental Protection
  • Legislative Drafting
  • Comparative Law-making

Access to these free to use courses can be found here and are available to Inter Pares stakeholder legislatures.

2021 Applications Now Open

Professional Development Courses

Advanced Parliamentary Theory & Practice Course, King’s College, London (for parliamentary officials)

4 Weeks | Online | Start: July 2021 | Apply by 13 June 2021

This short course for mid-career clerks and staff introduces the different functions of parliamentary officials, theoretical issues encountered and their application in practice to improve their effectiveness within parliament.

For more information and to apply click HERE


Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Governance, McGill University, Canada (for parliamentarians)

12-24 Months | Online/Hybrid | Start: Fall 2021 | Applications Open: May-August 2021

This 4-course programme for newly elected or appointed parliamentarians from small branches uses blended learning methodology and enables students to personalise learning based on their specific responsibilities.

For more information and to apply click HERE


Professional Development Certificate in Parliamentary Management, McGill University Canada (for parliamentary officials)

12-24 Months | Online/Hybrid | Start: Fall 2021 | Applications Open: May-August 2021

This 5-course programme for parliamentary clerks and staff combines theory and practice and blended learning methodology to provide a tailored syllabus for officials based on their role in parliament.

For more information and to apply click HERE


Advanced Certified Course on Post-Legislative Scrutiny

Delivered by: The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies of the University of London (IALS-UoL) and the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD)

1 Month | Online | Start: July 2021 | Applications Open: Now-July

This programme, aimed at Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff and parliamentary development practitioners, explores in-depth the theory and practice of post-legislative scrutiny as an oversight tool. The course adopts a holistic outlook that places post-legislative scrutiny in the legislative cycle. 

For more information and to apply click HERE