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Considering NCP

The National Check Payments (NCP) Certification is a premier accreditation which enables career enhancement opportunities for the payment professional who earns and maintains it through the continuing education program.

This national certification is open to all individuals across the U.S.  When considering the National Check Professional Certification (NCPC), ECCHO recommends at minimum at 2+ years’ experience in the financial services industry and a desire to gain experience in the field of check.  

Join the 1000+ payments industry professionals that have earned this elite accreditation and Be Recognized.


2023 NCP Exam Dates: April 15th - May 6th

3-hour computer based exam   |   120 multiple choice questions (100 scored)   |   Nationwide test centers and proctors  |  Online proctoring

NCP Exam Checklist

Successful candidates possess: 

  • 2+ years experience in the financial services industry
  • A desire to gain expertise in the field of check
  • Supportive experience: check or image operations, treasury, product, ACH, fraud and/or risk

Click the link below is to view a listing of in-person Pearson VUE Testing Sites. 

Testing Locations

For additional details, go to Pearson VUE at

The NCP Program is the first national accreditation of its kind to provide online proctoring. The links below provide in-depth information about OnVue Online. 

The NCP Exam will cover four main categories and associated knowledge areas related to check payments.  These also provide the guidelines for determining eligibility of program topics for the NCP Continuing Education (CE) credits. 

  • Rules, Laws & Regulations
  • Fraud and Risk Mitigation
  • Check Operations
  • Check Products

It is intended to enhance the knowledge of candidates and develop professional check experts that will improve customer service and value to an institution, improve audit performances and provide professional and dedicated industry leaders.

The Exam is a 3-hour computer based online exam with 120 multiple choice questions (only 100 are scored).  The final scoring is based on an accumulated total of all the Exam questions.

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Upcoming Exam Window: Saturday, April 16 – Saturday, May 7, 2022
Registration deadline: Thursday, March 31, 2022


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NCP Success Stories

Having the NCP certification gives me the credibility I was looking for when responding to check issues within our financial institution. The continuing education will always keep me on top of current rules and regulations.

The NCP certification process was a great experience for me. There was a real effort to help participants prepare for the exam. I am happy and proud to have the NCP certification. 

I have been in banking over 20 years and I think it shows initiative to stay abreast of new products and review rules and regulations.