On February 14, 2017, NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association will partner with the Regional Payments Associations to honor the nearly 4,500 Accredited ACH Professionals (AAP) as part of National AAP Recognition Day. Celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of February, National AAP Recognition Day highlights the importance of the AAP accreditation, as well as celebrates the achievements and contributions of AAPs nationwide. This year, NACHA, the Regional Payments Associations, and more than 1,700 organizations will be celebrating National AAP Recognition Day in unique ways across the country.
NACHA is pleased to welcome the newly-accredited AAPs. These individuals successfully passed the 2016 AAP exam and are joining the ranks of nearly 4,500 AAPs nationally.
NACHA and the Regional Payments Associations will commemorate National AAP Recognition Day by flying a U.S. flag over the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. The flag will then be awarded to one lucky AAP at the annual AAP Reception at NACHA's PAYMENTS conference. PAYMENTS 2017 will be held April 23-26, 2017, in Austin, Texas. For more information or to register for PAYMENTS, visit PAYMENTS 2017.
AAP Recognition Day began in 2006, when four Regional Payments Associations – EPCOR (formerly MPX and Payments Central), SWACHA, UMACHA, and WACHA – instituted the second Tuesday in February as a day to acknowledge AAP-credentialed individuals from member organizations. In 2009, NACHA partnered with the Regional Payments Associations and launched the initiative nationwide.
AAP accreditation establishes an individual’s credibility, professional competency, and expertise within the payments industry. Organizations with AAP-credentialed staff serve as industry leaders and the go-to organizations regarding changes to the NACHA Operating Rules and industry regulations. Organizations with AAP-credentialed staff also experience operational efficiencies, enhanced risk management oversight, improved regulatory compliance, and increased customer service and satisfaction.