The Parliamentary Service Commission Regulations, 2011, which were gazetted in Legal Notice No. 95 of July 22, 2011, vest the management of the Centre in a Board which is responsible for the policy direction of the Centre.
The Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (CPST) was established by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) in December 2008 and legalized by the publication of the Parliamentary Service Regulations, 2011 in the Kenya Gazette, Subsidiary Legislation, and Legal Notice No. 95 of July 22, 2011. In addition to serving the members and staff of Kenya Parliament, Commission Paper No. 286 of September 26, 2009, expands its objectives and mandate, to serve other stakeholders, who may be interested in gaining an appreciable understanding of Parliament, to also serve the Parliaments of the East African Community, the Great Lakes Region and the Continent of Africa at large but not limiting ourselves from engagement with other global Parliamentary institutions.
The purpose and objective of establishing CPST, was to have a one-stop specialized Resource Centre for the training and capacity development of both the members and staff of Parliament of Kenya, County Assemblies and other Legislatures. The CPST is currently enhancing the capacities of the Members and Staff in the County Assemblies through training. Since year 2013, we successfully trained all our clients in all the six thematic areas with the CPST curriculum.
This curriculum was revised in year 2014 to take care of the interest of minority interest groups including women. Among our premier courses as reflected in our annual training calendar include Public Finance Management; Hansard; Litigation and Procedure; the Role and Responsibilities of County Assembly Service Board, Role and Mandate of Committees, Public participation, Scrutiny and Oversight and Parliamentary Leadership.