Schools of Study

Finding the Right School of Study

Choose Between Seven Educational Programs

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Seven popular, in-depth Schools of Study and areas of concentration give you the chance to personalize your experience at The Payments Institute. Our Schools are tailored to your needs as a payments professional, offering a variety of courses in your preferred industry area. At the same time, because The Payments Institute attracts industry workers in a wide range of positions, we’ve arranged the Schools to cover areas that are useful to you whether you’re a service provider or a programmer, an ACH Operator, a bank examiner, or an account manager.

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AAP Prep School of Study

One of the biggest benefits of The Payments Institute is its ability to prepare future Accredited ACH Professionals (AAPs). This School of Study is designed specifically to complement your existing AAP preparatory education. Coursework focuses on topics that parallel the AAP exam, including the NACHA Operating Rules, the ACH Network and other payments systems, technical and operational ACH requirements, risk management and government regulations. TPI Faculty will share study tips, exam preparation suggestions and resources for further study, including Regional Payments Association training opportunities.

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General Payments Systems School of Study

In this School of Study, you will carefully examine the core payments systems such as the ACH Network, checks and image-based checks, debit and credit cards and wires. You’ll receive a thorough knowledge of the characteristics and uses of each payments system, participant roles and responsibilities, operational aspects of payment-related products and a keen understanding of the relationships between those mechanisms.

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Payments Risk & Compliance School of Study

If you deal with risk and compliance, you’ll benefit from this School of Study. In it, you’ll examine the risks associated with the core payments systems as well as the rules and laws governing compliance. Courses focus on emerging trends in fraud, fraud prevention and data security and privacy. You’ll also complete a comprehensive study of the associated rules and regulations, coming away with a deep understanding of the evolving risk and regulatory environment as well as the tools to mitigate threats.

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NEW! APRP Prep Specialization

The APRP Prep Specialization is designed specifically to complement your existing APRP preparatory education. Coursework focuses on topics that parallel the APRP exam topic areas, including payments risk management fundamentals, payment systems, payments risk policy and governance, payments risk management systems and controls, physical and information security and regulatory environment. TPI Faculty will share study tips, exam preparation suggestions and resources for further study, including Regional Payments Association training opportunities.
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Payment Innovations & Technologies Specialization

In the Payment Innovations & Technologies Specialization you'll focus on emerging industry developments and disruptors such as cryptocurrency and blockchain, mobile and digital banking, tokenization and more.

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Lecture Halls

In addition to attending courses through your chosen School of Study, The Payments Institute gives you the opportunity to learn from our daily Lecture Halls. Lecture Halls encompass a myriad of evolving topics, which enhance the focused education offered at TPI.

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Master's Program*

If you’re a seasoned payments professional wanting to explore the business strategies shaping payments today, you should consider The Payments Institute’s Master’s Program. In it, you’ll contribute to sessions and discussions to define the impact of new and emerging payments, and participate in practical, hands-on scenario planning to mitigate risk in a changing environment. The Master’s Program provides you with a sharper skill set to better equip you to contribute to your organization and succeed in your career.

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*Limited seats available. The Master's Program is open to AAPs and Alumni who have attended in TPI in the last two years. Advanced enrollment in TPI 2018 and the Master's Program is required. Contact Stephanie Prebish at NACHA for more information.