Professional Certificate in Parliamentary Affairs
15th - 19th February 2021, Virtual Learning

Course Overview

Parliaments are a fundamental aspect of democratic life, administrative governance and pluralistic political interaction, with the UN noting that Parliaments will play ‘a crucial role in shaping and implementing the post-2015 development agenda'.

Strengthening the capacity of Parliaments to work to optimum effect is a very important aspect of the entrenchment and flourishing of democracy and the political stability of any country. This five-day certificated programme has been designed for parliamentarians invested in the effective functioning of assemblies and parliaments in their respective countries.

The programme includes a focus on the division of powers, different types of scrutiny in parliaments, the role of budgeting and best practice in planning committee inquiries. Parliamentary business forms a strong component, ensuring delegates are fully equipped to deal with legislative matters and understand the roles of different parliamentary actors.

Topics Include:

  1. Different parliamentary models, including supra-national parliaments and inter-parliamentary assemblies
  2. The efficacy of different parliamentary models in scrutinising legislation
  3. The role of committees, including financing committees and allocating funds
  4. Organising and holding parliamentary inquiries effectively
  5. Agreeing and scheduling the legislative process

By comparing parliaments from around the world and building upon their own experience, participants will leave fully equipped to undertake and extend their roles within parliamentary processes.

This is a specialist training course leading to a Level 5 Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Certificate in Management and Leadership. Upon completion of this week-long course and subsequent successful completion of CMI written tasks, the successful candidate will be awarded a Level 5 CMI certificate in Management & Leadership showing the CMI units achieved. The CMI is the only chartered professional body in the UK dedicated to promoting the highest standards in management and leadership excellence. The professional qualifications offered by the Institute are internationally recognised and sought after.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  1. Clearly define the role of a parliamentarian and parliamentary support staff
  2. Strengthen parliamentary procedures and representation
  3. Gain in-depth knowledge of the objectives and scope of parliamentary work
  4. Improve capacity and support structures whilst reducing administrative burdens
  5. Analyse, enhance and evaluate Parliamentary performance

How You Will Benefit

  1. Improve your knowledge of how parliamentary business is planned, scheduled and organised
  2. Determine and improve best practice in planning for and holding committee inquiries
  3. Define resources necessary to carry out the full range of parliamentary functions and legislation
  4. Examine different types of parliamentary scrutiny and holding the executive to account