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Parliamentary Procedure Training for Elected Officials, Civic Leaders, Board Members and Organization Leaders


Dates: Available on Request

Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa

Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on Request

Course Introduction

Parliamentary procedures are crucial for ensuring good governance and democracy. They involve the development and implementation of laws, policies, and practices. These procedures, also known as parliamentary law, are essential for organized and fair decision-making in meetings, providing a platform for healthy discussion and ensuring each representative can voice their opinions.


The main aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive understanding of parliamentary procedures, enabling participants to implement these effectively within their organizations. By learning these processes, participants will be better equipped to ensure fair and orderly decision-making, enhance their decision-making skills, and align their organizational policies with parliamentary guidelines. This knowledge will also help in ensuring compliance with public sector standards and empower participants to influence organizational objectives positively.


This Parliamentary Procedure Training for Elected Officials, Civic Leaders, Board Members and Organization Leaders course will cover the role of Parliament, the principles and tools of parliamentary procedures, and the advantages of implementing these processes. Participants will gain the confidence and capability to drive the implementation of parliamentary procedures in their organizations, ensuring decisions are fair and beneficial to citizens.

Course Objectives

The main objective of this course is to empower public sector professionals with:

  • Complete and thorough knowledge and information about parliamentary process and all principles and concepts around effective parliamentary process.

  • Information on the various tools used in the parliamentary process so that the most appropriate tools and methods can be used in the organization.

  • Confidence and capabilities to drive the implementation of the parliamentary process in one’s organization.

  • Necessary knowledge and information about the powers of Parliament and its branches to align the administration of one’s organization accordingly.

  • Capabilities to put forward suggestions and proposals that would reach a fair conclusion through the parliamentary process.

  • In-depth understanding of motions and how to carry these or debates forward in the most effective manner.

  • Knowledge of how decisions and actions are taken forward from the Board of an organization to the legislature of a country.

  • Awareness of one of the most well-known references for the parliamentary process – Robert’s Rules of Order.

Who should attend?

  • Chairpersons, board members, and other senior members, as well as parliamentary representatives who play an important role in meetings and the decisions taken therein.

  • Shareholders and potential investors who need to ensure that all decisions taken by an organization are fair and have been taken rationally and objectively.

  • Members of the human resource department playing important roles in policy implementation and adherence throughout an organization.

  • Policymakers and compliance authorities responsible for devising policies and guidelines keeping organizational objectives and parliamentary standards and compliance in mind.

  • Any other public servant who would like to know more about the parliamentary process, meetings, decisions during meetings, and operations of their organization and who would like to be part of the process in the future.

Public Sector Courses

Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Module 1 – Overview of Parliament and Parliamentary Process

  • Structure/branches of Parliament

  • Responsibilities and Functions of Parliament

  • Definition of parliamentary process

  • Robert’s Rules of Order

Module 2 – Purpose of Parliamentary Process

  • Every member is given a chance to be heard

  • Allow participation by everyone

  • Establish and maintain order in a meeting

  • Prevent confusion during meeting agenda discussion

  • Maintain meeting flow

Module 3 – Principles of Parliamentary Process

  • One subject discussed at a time

  • Full and free discussion of each presented idea

  • All members treated with justice and courtesy

  • Rule of the majority followed, rights of the minority respected

  • The Chair is strictly neutral

Module 4 – Advantages of Parliamentary Process

  • Time-controlled meetings

  • Focused and directed meetings

  • Fair opportunities for voicing opinions

  • Fair and rational decisions

  • Logical flow of discussion

Module 5 – Tools in Parliamentary Process

  • Motions

  • Nominations

  • Chair

  • Votes

Module 6 – Types of Motions

  • Main motion

  • Subsidiary motion

  • Incidental motion

  • Privileged motion

Module 7 – Process of Handling Motions

  • Member obtains floor and makes a motion

  • Another member seconds the motion

  • The Chair states the motion

  • Members debate the motion

  • The Chair forwards the motion to a vote

  • The Chair announces the vote results and what happens next

Module 8 – Types of Main Motions

  • Resolutions

  • Original main motions

  • Incidental main motions

Module 9 – Types of Subsidiary Motions

  • Amend

  • Commit or refer

  • Limit or extend debate

  • Previous question

  • Lay on the table

  • Postpone to a certain time

  • Postpone indefinitely

Module 10 – Types of Incidental Motions

  • Appeal

  • Consideration by paragraph

  • Division of the assembly

  • Division of a question

  • Objection to the consideration of a question

  • Point of order

  • Request (Parliamentary Inquiry, point of information, etc.)

  • Suspend the rules

Module 11 – Types of Privileged Motions

  • Adjourn

  • Recess

  • Raise a question of privilege

  • Fix the time to which to adjourn

  • Call for orders of the day

Module 12 – Role of the Chair

  • Must ensure a quorum before conducting business

  • Must recognize members before speaking

  • Rules all procedural issues

  • May not make motions or question debates

  • May vote occasionally

    • In case of a tie

    • To make a vote a tie

    • When secret ballot is used

    • When part of the assembly

Module 13 – Methods of Voting

  • Voice vote

  • Show of hands

  • Rising to vote

  • Ballot vote

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