Commonwealth Parliamentary Academy


FREE online courses for parliamentary and MPs’ staff with CPA Parliamentary Academy

Learning and striving for excellence should be a lifelong objective. With this in mind, the CPA has designed the CPA Parliamentary Academy: A Centre of Excellence for Commonwealth Parliaments. The CPA Parliamentary Academy provides a central learning hub for Commonwealth Parliamentarians, Clerks and parliamentary officials as well as parliamentary and MPs’ staff who want to learn about Parliaments and key thematic topics.  Click on the CPA website for further information and to register:

Topics include:

CPA Parliamentary Professional Development Certificate (awarded to those that complete all the courses)

  • Induction for New Parliamentarians
  • Legislative Process
  • Scrutiny, Accountability and Oversight
  • Representation, Advocacy and Education

CPA Parliamentary Service Professional Development Certificate (awarded to those that complete all the courses)

  • Basic Principles of Parliamentary Procedure
  • Committee System
  • Administration and Management of Parliaments
  • Building Relationships
  • Strategy, Business Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation

CPA Public Financial Management Certificate (awarded to those that complete the course below)

  • Public Accounts Committee Course

CPA Small Branches: Climate Change Certificate (awarded to those that complete the course below)

  • Parliamentary Action on Climate Change in Small Jurisdictions Course

CPA CPwD Network: Making Parliaments Accessible Certificate (awarded to those that complete the course below)

  • Making Parliaments Accessible Course

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CPA Parliamentary Academy


FREE, flexible online courses for all staff at the UK Parliament

Learn whenever, wherever with the CPA Parliamentary Academy

The CPA Parliamentary Academy is a learning hub for parliamentary staff and Members of Parliament, created by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Our online learning platform, available for free to anyone working in a Commonwealth Parliament, offers a curriculum of online courses on parliamentary democracy, from how the committee system works to constituency engagement.

At the CPA, we know how busy people working in Parliament are. That’s why we’ve designed courses that can be started, worked on, and completed at any time. No essays, no long exams, no uncomfortable exercises. Just log-in on your lunch hour, or whenever fits your schedule, and progress at your own pace.

Why learn with the CPA? Our courses can widen your horizons, transporting you around the Commonwealth to get the perspectives of people who are shaping the way Parliaments act and operate. More than 60 MPs, clerks and international experts have contributed video lessons, offering their personal insights on subjects ranging from gender-sensitive budgeting to codes of conduct.

Beyond our online courses, we also offer a variety of other professional development opportunities, publications and resources, and run regular events that are open to Members and staff across the Commonwealth.

To get started, register for the CPA Parliamentary Academy with your email address.

To explore the CPA’s online library of publications, articles, podcasts and more, visit our Knowledge Centre:

To find out what events we’ve got coming up, check out our Events page: