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Nacha Awards Nearly 400 Individuals the Accredited ACH Professional Credential
New and Current AAPs to Be Recognized During National AAP Recognition Day - February 11, 2014
HERNDON, Va., January 17, 2014 – Nacha – The Electronic Payments Association recently awarded 377 individuals the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) credential. The AAP credential establishes one’s credibility, professional competency, and expertise within the payments industry. The addition of these newly credentialed AAPs brings the total number of ACH professionals awarded the credential since the Program began in 1993 to more than 4,000.
To be awarded the AAP credential, individuals must pass a comprehensive exam, which is administered by Nacha each fall. The exam tests an individual’s knowledge of a variety of subjects including the Nacha Operating Rules; the ACH Network and other payments systems; technical and operational ACH requirements; risk management; and payments-related regulations.
“The AAP credential is the standard of excellence in ACH payments competency,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of Nacha. “AAPs are recognized payments industry experts on subjects ranging from the Nacha Operating Rules to sound risk management practices, and as such, are highly regarded by financial regulators and examiners. They play a key role in the individual organizations they serve and the greater industry as a whole, imparting knowledge and supporting practices that help ensure continued confidence in ACH payments and the safety, security, and reliability of the ACH Network.”
In recognition of their achievement, Nacha and the Regional Payments Associations will honor recently credentialed and current AAPs during National AAP Recognition Day, which will be held on February 11, 2014. Celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of February, AAP Recognition Day highlights the importance of the AAP accreditation, as well as celebrates the achievements and contributions of AAPs nationwide. This year, 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, among other activities.
For more information about Nacha’s AAP Program, please visit https://www.nacha.org/events/training/ach-professional. For more information on ways to celebrate National AAP Recognition Day, visit https://www.nacha.org/events/national-aap-recognition-day.
About Regional Payments Associations
Located throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam, Regional Payments Associations are in most cases not-for-profit trade associations whose main membership includes commercial banks, savings banks, credit unions, and savings and loans. Through their membership in Nacha, Regional Payments Associations are specially recognized and licensed providers of ACH management, education, assistance, and services to all types of financial institutions. For more information about Regional Payments Associations, visit https://www.nacha.org/members/regional-payments-associations.
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