About This Training

This introductory, one-hour training provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of serving as a parliamentarian. A parliamentarian is an expert in how to interpret and apply the rules that govern decision-making bodies, helping them to function in ways that are fair and democratic.

Participants will learn the basic parliamentarian procedures, such as guiding people on making motions, supporting fair discussion of a topic and voting. This course uses Robert’s Rules of Order as a reference for parliamentary procedure, but aspects of the course will still be relevant to groups that use other procedural guides.


This course was designed with public health nurse consultants in mind, as they may be asked to serve in a parliamentarian role for public health associations. However, the content may be applicable to anyone who serves in a parliamentarian role or anyone who would like an introduction to or a refresher on parliamentary procedures.

Decision-making bodies in public health that may use parliamentary procedure include:

  • Public health associations
  • Boards of health

Course Objectives

As a result of this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the expectations of a parliamentarian.
  • Explain the key principles of parliamentary procedure.
  • Assess which rules to implement in basic situations.

Access the Training

This digital content is available to participants at no charge. Recommended browsers for viewing include the latest versions of: Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari.

Open the online training module: Acting as a Parliamentarian for a Public Health Association.

Evaluation and Completion Certificate

You must complete and submit the post-training evaluation in order to receive a certificate of completion.

Complete the evaluation.


This course is jointly provided by:

  • The North Carolina Division of Public Health at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
  • The North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Development of this course was supported through a contract to the North Carolina Institute for Public Health from the North Carolina Division of Public Health as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Public Health Workforce Development Initiative investment in North Carolina’s public health workforce.

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