As an Accredited ACH Professional, you’re required to maintain your status by earning 60 Continuing Education credits within the five-year accreditation period, with no more than 20 credits completed per year. Fifty minutes of educational activity is equal to one renewal credit: if you participate in an hour and a half (90 minutes) teleseminar, for instance, you should divide 90 by 50, which gives you 1.8 renewal credits.
Continuing Education courses can take a variety of formats, but must fall under one of the six general ACH topic areas:
The types of educational activities that count toward accreditation renewal vary widely:
For more details on eligible educational activities, see the continuing education guidelines linked in the right-hand sidebar.
You can file your credits either online or by U.S. mail.
Please follow the steps below to file your continuing education credits online.
Credits earned during a calendar year may only be reported in the reporting period specific to the calendar year. For example: Credits earned in 2017 may only be reported beginning May 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Under no circumstances is NACHA able to accept credits outside the current reporting period. Please refer to the Continuing Education Guidelines for guidance on what educational activities are eligible for AAP continuing education credits.
NACHA conducts 50 audits per year of AAP renewal credits, so you must retain copies of your supporting documentation for at least three years. Any credits that can’t be substantiated, in the event of an audit, will be disqualified.