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Posted February 13, 2012

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Recognize Your Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) on Valentine’s Day

NACHA and Regional Payments Associations to Celebrate Fourth Annual National AAP Recognition Day on February 14

HERNDON, Va., February 13, 2012 – On February14, 2012, NACHA — The Electronic Payments Association will partner with the Regional Payments Associations to honor the nearly 4,000 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. 

“National AAP Recognition Day is an opportunity for us to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of all AAPs,” said Janet O. Estep, president and CEO of NACHA.  “The AAP credential is the standard of excellence in ACH payments competency, and is viewed by regulators and examiners as indicative of an organization’s commitment to compliance with the NACHA Operating Rules and sound risk management practices to support the safe, secure, and reliable ACH Network.”

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.  NACHA will also launch enhancements to the AAP area of www.nacha.org to help aspiring AAP candidates and their employers more fully understand the value that the AAP credential conveys, how to register for the exam, and what resources are available from NACHA and the Regional Payments Associations to help them prepare. The website also provides those who hold the accreditation guidance for maintaining it.

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. 

AAP accreditation is awarded to those who pass a rigorous and comprehensive exam that tests the individual’s knowledge of the payments industry and the ACH Network. To maintain AAP accreditation, an AAP must earn 60 continuing education credits within the five-year accreditation period, with no more than 20 credits applied per calendar year.   

This year, AAPs can earn up to 17.4 continuing education credits by attending the PAYMENTS 2012 conference, which will be held April 29 - May 2 at the Baltimore Convention Center.  AAPs who attend workshops offered at PAYMENTS 2012 can earn an additional 2.4 credits for each workshop attended.  Those AAPs in attendance can also participate in the annual AAP Reception sponsored by the Regional Payments Associations.  This year, the flag flown over the Capitol on AAP Recognition Day will be awarded to an AAP during this event. 

PAYMENTS is the largest and most comprehensive educational event for payments professionals.  It draws more than 2,500 decision makers and innovators from organizations that utilize and provide electronic payment solutions and services.  The content-rich conference offers more than 150 educational sessions on critical topics addressing all aspects of payments transaction services. 

To learn more about AAP accreditation, please visit www.nacha.org.  For more information about PAYMENTS 2012 and how to register, please visit payments.nacha.org.   

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