Parliamentary Procedure Training for Elected Officials

Statement of Need

Parliamentary procedure is essential for the smooth functioning of legislative bodies. The course aims to enhance elected officials’ understanding of parliamentary rules and procedures, such as Robert’s Rules of Order or other relevant frameworks. By familiarizing participants with these procedures, they can effectively participate in legislative sessions, debates, and decision-making processes, thereby contributing to an efficient and productive legislative process. Parliamentary procedure provides a structured framework for deliberation and decision making. The course equips elected officials with the knowledge of how to navigate the legislative process, including introducing motions, making amendments, conducting votes, and resolving conflicts or procedural issues. By adhering to established parliamentary rules, elected officials can ensure order, fairness, and transparency in decision-making processes. Meetings of legislative bodies can often be complex and involve multiple participants. The course focuses on teaching elected officials techniques to manage meetings effectively, such as setting agendas, facilitating discussions, managing time, and making informed decisions. By optimizing meeting efficiency, elected officials can make the most of their limited time and ensure that discussions and decisions are productive.

Parliamentary procedure emphasizes respectful and civil debate among elected officials. The course highlights the importance of fostering an environment where diverse viewpoints can be expressed and debated constructively. By promoting respectful debate, elected officials can engage in meaningful discussions, exchange ideas, challenge assumptions, and ultimately make informed decisions that represent the interests of their constituents. Parliamentary procedure safeguards the rights of minority voices within legislative bodies. The course educates elected officials on the importance of protecting minority rights and ensuring fair representation and participation. By understanding and respecting parliamentary rules, elected officials can contribute to an inclusive and democratic decision-making process that respects diverse perspectives and promotes equity. Transparency is essential for fostering public trust in the legislative process. The course highlights the significance of transparency in parliamentary procedure, such as recording and publishing minutes, maintaining public accessibility to legislative documents and proceedings, and conducting open votes. By following transparent practices, elected officials can build public trust and confidence in the legislative decision-making process.


The course supports the professional development of elected officials by enhancing their knowledge and skills in parliamentary procedure. By investing in their professional growth, elected officials can better serve their constituents, effectively contribute to legislative debates, and make informed decisions that align with the needs and aspirations of their communities.

How participants will benefit
  • Familiarize elected officials with the basic principles, rules, and procedures that govern parliamentary bodies.
  • Provide an overview of the legislative process, including the stages of bill introduction, debate, amendment, and voting.
  • Develop skills in effectively managing and conducting parliamentary meetings, including setting the agenda, maintaining order, and ensuring fairness in debate.
  • Equip elected officials with the skills to constructively participate in parliamentary debates and discussions.
  • Provide elected officials with a comprehensive understanding of voting procedures and the different types of voting methods used in parliamentary settings.
  • Provide elected officials with the knowledge to uphold ethical standards, avoid conflicts of interest, and responsibly handle confidential information.
  • Promote the use of parliamentary inquiries, motions, and mechanisms for oversight to hold government officials accountable.