ACCREDITATION PROGRAMS

We can help you attain or renew your Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) or National Check Professionals (NCP) designations. We provide a variety of preparation based training sessions including webinars, teleseminars, and classroom sessions. We provide series education for each accreditation that include webinars, workshops and more, or you can get refreshers and attend the events ala carte. Need to earn continuing education credits? We offer multiple opportunities throughout the year, check out the education schedule to see what works for you.

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Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) designation is obtained by passing a nationally administered exam given annually in October. The AAP exam covers a wide range of ACH information including; knowledge of the ACH Network and comparative payment systems; knowledge of ACH rules and regulations; technical ACH skills, including operational requirements; understanding of ACH products and applications; risk management and other policy issues; marketing ACH services; management of electronic payment services; Regulation E and other federal requirements.

AAP accreditation is valid for five years and you may maintain your AAP status by earning and reporting continuing education credits or passing another AAP exam. Participation in UMACHA's ACH training sessions and annual conference all qualify as continuing education credits.

 

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Questions about getting your AAP certification?

Check out our Video "Becoming an AAP" and what is required to obtain this certificate: Becoming an AAP Video 2019

Why should I become certified?

  • An Accredited ACH Professional (AAP®) designation recognizes professionals who have successfully proven a certain level of understanding of the current ACH payments landscape. This sets you apart by:
  • Recognizing your knowledge and comprehension of ACH payments
  • Recognizing you as a leader in your field
  • Strengthening your professional credibility
  • Demonstrating your commitment to customer service
  • Demonstrating your commitment to stay on the leading edge of industry trends and topics of interest
  • Positioning you for professional advancement

Why should I have my employees certified?

The Accredited ACH Professional certification program enhances the credibility of your team and gives you a competitive advantage in a constantly changing and challenging environment with:

  • Improved customer service
  • Improved audit performance
  • Enhanced understanding of industry products, trends, and practices
  • Increased understanding of how and why ACH payments continue to provide value for your customers
  • Increased industry leaders
  • An industry-recognized opportunity for employee professional development and advancement

UMACHA Can Help!

UMACHA will help you attain the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) designation. Many financial institutions and companies want staff to become AAPs to show their commitment to having expert ACH knowledge so that they may ensure safe and efficient processing of customer's electronic payments. AAPs demonstrate experience and expertise in ACH operations, product management and marketing strategies.

UMACHA provides a variety of preparation training sessions for AAP candidates including webinars, teleseminars, and classroom sessions. 

The 2019 AAP Exam Preparation Series

The AAP Exam Preparation Series is ideal for UMACHA members who are considering, or are planning on sitting for, the AAP exam in the fall. Attendees will receive guidance on how to plan and execute a customized training blueprint to ensure their success. 

AAP Exam Prep Series Registration Form

Seize the opportunity to enhance your career and promote your credibility as an Accredited ACH Professional now.

Still need to convince management of the value you will add if you became an AAP? 
Download the  AAP Justification Letter

CLICK HERE to contact UMACHA or NACHA for more AAP registration information and helpful 

2019 AAP Exam Prep Materials


Renewing the AAP® Certification

AAP® accreditation is valid for five years. You may maintain your status as an AAP by earning and reporting 60 continuing education credits during the five year period or by passing another exam. Participation in AAP® training sessions, Payments University, and select annual conference sessions all qualify as continuing education credits.


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APRP New LogoThe APRP credential demonstrates that you have mastered the complexities of risk management for ACH, check, wire, debit, credit and prepaid cards, and emerging and alternative payments. Participation in UMACHA's risk based training sessions and our annual conference, Navigating Payments, all qualify for Continuing Education Credits.
Effectively managing payments risk is crucial for organizations that provide payment services, such as financial institutions, solution providers and processors, businesses and other end-user entities that use these services, and examiners who oversee this activity.

Still Have Questions? Listen to the So You Think You Want to be an APRP Webinar Free of charge

So You Think You Want to be an APRP Presentation


APRP 2019 Brochure

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Why Become an Accredited Payments Risk Professional?

  • Propel your business forward
  • Recognition throughout the payments industry
  • Show that you mastered the complexities of Risk Management for:
  • ACH

  • Check

  • Wire

  • Debit

  • Credit & prepaid cards

  • Emerging & alternative payments

  • Show you’re committed to risk management regulation compliance
  • Be the “go-to” expert in risk management across payment types
 

Who Should get Accredited?

  • Anyone involved in payments
  • Financial Institutions
  • Corporate end-users
  • Regulators
  • Service Providers
  • Processors

UMACHA Can Help!

UMACHA will help you attain the Accredited Risk Payments Professional (APRP) designation. UMACHA will provide a variety of preparation training sessions for APRP candidates.
 
Check out our Education Schedule, for these sessions. Continuing education credits are also available by attending Payments University and the Navigating Payments conference.
 
Continuing Education Guidelines 2019

The 2019 APRP Certification Training Package

The APRP Exam Preparation Series is ideal for UMACHA members who are considering, or are planning on sitting for, the APRP exam in July, 2019.

Webinars will take place from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. (CST)

March 6     
Orientation
April 17
Payment Systems (Part 1)
April 24
Payment Systems (Part 2)
May 1
Risk Fundamentals
May 15
Payments Risk Policy and Governance
May 22
Payments Risk Regulations
May 29
Payments Risk Management Systems and Controls
June 5
Physical and Information Security
June 6
1-Day, In-Person APRP Review Workshop
UMACHA Office - 7100 Northland Circle, Brooklyn Park, MN 55428
Register for the Combo Package
 
Testing Window July 1 - July 20, 2019

Registration Deadline Friday 6/21/19

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Ncp Logo With Text TransparentThrough the certification process, National Check Professionals® (NCPs) demonstrate a working knowledge of every significant aspect of the new check payment system including products and operations, relevant rules and laws that govern checks, industry standards and fraud and risk mitigation considerations.  Additionally, NCPs will explore those characteristics of check payments that make checks unique among payments and that continue to provide lasting value for tens of billions of payments each year valued at tens of trillions of dollars.

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Thinking About Taking The NCP in 2020? Check Out These Roadmap Guides to Help You Prepare:

Why should I become certified?

  • A National Check Professional (NCP®) designation recognizes professionals who have successfully proven a certain level of understanding of the current check payments landscape. This sets you apart by:
  • Recognizing your knowledge and comprehension of check payments
  • Recognizing you as a leader in your field
  • Strengthening your professional credibility
  • Demonstrating your
    commitment to customer service
  • Demonstrating your commitment to stay on the leading edge of industry trends and topics of interest
  • Positioning you for professional advancement

Why should I have my employees certified?

The National Check Professionals Certification® program enhances the credibility of your team and gives you a competitive advantage in a constantly changing and challenging environment with:

  • Improved customer service
  • Improved audit performance
  • Enhanced understanding of industry products, trends, and practices
  • Increased understanding of how and why check payments continue to provide value for your customers
  • Increased industry leaders
  • An industry-recognized opportunity for employee professional development and advancement 

UMACHA Can Help!

UMACHA will help you attain and renew the National Check Professionals Certification® designation by providing a variety of preparation and recertification training sessions for NCP® candidates including webinar and classroom sessions. Check out our Education Schedule, for these sessions. Continuing education credits are also available by attending Payments University and the Navigating Payments conference.

Training Review Courses by UMACHA

2019 NCPC Exam Prep Series

  • Webinar Series
    • A series of webinars, each one focusing on a specific topic to be covered on the exam, with two review sessions closing out the series.
  • NCP 2-Day Review Workshop
    In-Person Course: April 4-5, 2019
    • Two days of intense review in preparation for the NCP exam.

Renewing the NCP® Certification

NCP® accreditation is valid for five years. You may maintain your status as an NCP by earning and reporting 50 continuing education credits and by completing any three mandatory annual ECCHO NCP workshops during the five year period or by passing another exam. Participation in NCP® training sessions, Payments University, and select annual conference sessions all qualify as continuing education credits.


National NCP® Day

Each year NCP® Day will be celebrated on the 2nd Monday in August. Click Here for more information on how this day will be recognized and for ideas on celebrating in your office.


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