Accredited Faster Payments Professional

New collaboration effort benefiting the faster payments ecosystem

Faster Payments ProfessionalDemonstrate Your Faster Payments Proficiency

Nacha, the U.S. Faster Payments Council (FPC) and our nation’s Payments Associations formed a first-of-its-kind alliance to create the Accredited Faster Payments Professional (AFPP) program.

This partnership demonstrates a cross-industry collaboration to benefit the entire payments community. The AFPP is a rigorous and centralized accreditation program allowing payments professionals to demonstrate their expertise across all faster payment types, including Same Day ACH, RTP®, FedNow and Push-to-Card.

Who should consider becoming an AFPP

An AFPP is an individual who possesses a comprehensive knowledge of instant payment methods in the U.S., an understanding of and experience in one or more faster payments network rails and has a broad knowledge of concepts that relate to the payments system as a whole.

The program is designed for payments industry stakeholders, including individuals employed by financial institutions, financial technology companies, regulatory bodies, and service providers.

Inaugural exam

The first AFPP exam is targeted to be administered between February 17-March 8, 2025. The registration pool will be limited to 250 candidates. Exam registration will open in October 2024 and pricing information will be announced in the September 2024.

Begin preparing now

Those interested in pursuing the AFPP can enroll in the Faster Payments Professional (FPP) program, a series of training courses culminating in a professional certificate, being offered exclusively by the Payments Associations. Learn more about the FPP certificate program.

What's covered

AFPP Blueprint Areas

  • Fundamentals of Faster Payments 18%
  • Faster Payments Operations and Process Flows 28%
  • Faster Payments Risk Management 19%
  • Technology Considerations for Enabling Faster Payments 15%
  • Faster Payments Governance Framework 20%

Payment Rails Included

  • ACH Network (Same Day ACH)
  • FedNow
  • RTP®
  • Push-to-Card Debit Card Networks

Parties behind the AFPP

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