AIP is unique in its use of many parliamentary authorities in its education programs. This diversity allows members and students to be aware of what the common parliamentary procedures are, but also understand the history and theory of why certain procedures exist, and optional procedures that are available to organizations. AIP was involved in the revision of The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure and Modern Parliamentary Procedure following the deaths of their authors.
Some say that AIP was formed by members of the National Association of Parliamentarians (NAP) unhappy with how that organization was run. Today, many members of AIP are also members of NAP, and the two organization do work together. There are joint NAP/AIP Chapters, they collaborated on a Code of Ethics for Parliamentarians, and have joint conferences. One of the main differences between the two organizations is that NAP focuses virtually exclusively on Robert's Rules of Order, while AIP stresses proficiency and familiarity with a variety on parliamentary authorities.
The objectives of AIP are:
The written examination contains multiple choice, short answer and essay questions on parliamentary procedures covered in Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, and Cannon's Concise Guide to Rules of Order.
The oral examination covers the current editions of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, Cannon's Concise Guide to Rules of Order, and Parliamentary Opinions II. Additional suggested reading is as follows: Parliamentary Law, Parliamentary Opinions I, Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, and Riddick's Rules of Procedure. In addition to demonstrating a thorough knowledge of these manuals, the examinee must also demonstrate expertise in presiding.
In order to retain CP or CPP status, the member must participate in a continuing education activity at least once every seven years.
AIP publishes a variety of other works on parliamentary procedure. These include Fundamentals of Parliamentary Law and Procedure, Complete Minutes Manual, How to be a Parliamentarian, and more.