is a shortened name for the National FFA Organization Parliamentary Procedure
Career Development Event.
The FFA Parliamentary Procedure Contest is based on a two part demonstration of parliamentary procedure knowledge, a knowledge test, and an 8 to 10 minute, depending on the state, demonstration of parliamentary law. Six students (president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reporter, and sentinel) form a team who demonstrates a local FFA Chapter meeting. A single motion
is handled as in a real meeting. Each team member is given a specific topic or motion in which he and she is to perform (i.e. to refer a matter to a committee, postpone definitely, extend limits or debate, appeal, etc). Contestants are judged on public speaking skills, debate, proper use of parliamentary procedure, and parliamentary procedure knowledge. The president, or chairman, is judged on the ability to preside, etc.
The contest, like all other FFA CDEs, are held at the sectional, regional, state, and national levels. Several states have produced exceptional Parli Pro teams and have very competitive state level contests. Most contests are based on an elimination system, in which teams perform in rounds, where the best 4 - 6 teams are moved on to the next round. At the state and national levels, the top teams can be separated by mere points (out of 750 total contest points).
The Oregon Association utilizes a different organization of their Parli Pro CDE. It lacks a written test and... Read More