To be awarded the AAP credential, individuals must pass a comprehensive exam that is administered by Nacha each fall. The exam tests an individual’s knowledge of subjects including the Nacha Operating Rules, the ACH Network and other payment systems, technical and operational ACH requirements, risk management, and payments-related regulations.
“AAPs have the electronic payments expertise that is needed throughout the workforce – at financial institutions, solution providers, processors and businesses,” said Scott M. Lang, AAP, senior vice president, Association Services at Nacha.
“These highly skilled payments professionals are part of an elite group that has a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of ACH, as well as an understanding of concepts that relate to the payments system as a whole,” Lang said. “AAPs help their employers remain in compliance with industry rules and regulations, and play a key role in maintaining a high-quality ACH Network for all users.”
Nacha, its 11 Regional Payments Associations members, and more than 2,000 organizations with AAPs on staff will celebrate National AAP Recognition Day, which is commemorated annually on the second Tuesday of February, to honor recently credentialed and current AAPs.
In Washington, D.C., Nacha and the RPAs will fly an American flag over the U.S. Capitol. The flag then will be awarded to an AAP at the annual AAP Reception, sponsored by the RPAs, at PAYMENTS 2018, which will be held April 29-May 2 in San Diego, California.
AAPs receive exclusive registration rates for PAYMENTS 2018 ($1,475 through March 2) and The Payments Institute ($2,195), two of Nacha’s premier educational events. Registration is now open for both programs, which also offer continuing education credits.
For more information about the AAP Program, please visit www.nacha.org/events/training/ach-professional on the Nacha website.
To learn about Nacha’s new Accredited Payments Risk Professional program, which tests payments professionals for their comprehensive risk management expertise across payment types, visit nacha.org/aprp. Registration for the 2019 APRP exam will open later this year.
About Regional Payments Associations
Located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Guam, the Regional Payments Associations are specially recognized and licensed providers of ACH education, publications and support. While each RPA is a separate organization, their shared mission is to educate ACH Network users and provide information and resources to their members. For more information about Regional Payments Associations, visit nacha.org/members/regional-payments-associations.
Nacha—The Electronic Payments Association
Nacha—The Electronic Payments Association is the steward of the ACH Network – one of the largest, safest and most reliable payment systems in the world. The ACH Network creates value and enables innovation by universally connecting all U.S. financial institutions, and moving money and information directly from one bank account to another. In 2016, there were 25 billion ACH payments made that moved $43 trillion. Nacha also brings together diverse organizations to develop rules and standards to benefit payments ecosystem participants, including Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) and healthcare Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). By collaborating with other standards organizations and geographies, Nacha facilitates compatibility and integration with U.S. payments. Visit nacha.org for more information.