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CPA Parliamentary Academy

Advanced Parliamentary Development Residency Programme - October 2023

Event Details

Dates: 15 - 21 October 2023

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Co-hosted by: CPA HQ Secretariat and the Scottish Parliament


The Advanced Parliamentary Development Residency Course is a five day programme designed to enable Members to be better performing legislators, representatives and scrutineers. Based on a mentoring and coaching approach, participants will identify practical solutions to the challenges they face and hone their skills at a higher level through simulations, role-play, one-to-one discussions, group activities and exercises.

At the conclusion of the programme, participants will gain skills and insights in the following areas:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective parliamentarism in the 21st Century
  • In-depth analysis and understanding of the legislative process
  • Strengthened communication, presentation and influencing skills
  • Improved scrutiny and oversight skills
  • Greater utilisation of engagement with external stakeholders for mutual gain;
  • Increased capacity around analysis, planning, evaluation and research.

The programme will give an invaluable opportunity for participants to focus on their own needs and wants. In particular, their medium to long-term career goals and aspirations.

In addition to the above skills, participants will also establish a network of like-minded peers from across the Commonwealth who can provide long-term support and guidance. By attending this programme participants will also get an opportunity for international inter-parliamentary engagement as well as an insight into the political landscape in Scotland, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

About the CPA Parliamentary Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy was established in 2021, and comprises online courses and externally delivered training for Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff from across the Commonwealth.

The residency courses are intended to complement the online courses, providing face-to-face interactive learning and knowledge-sharing at a more advanced level.

The first residency programme was co-hosted by CPA HQ Secretariat and New South Wales Parliament in Sydney, Australia in May 2022.

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This is a closed programme for CPA Members only. Members of Parliament from CPA Branches who wish to apply are required to do so through their designated Branch Secretary.


The CPA is committed to inclusivity and accessibility at all its events and programmes. Should you have any accessibility requirements, please contact the CPA Secretariat at hq.sec@cpahq.org.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this programme, please contact academy@cpahq.org