The NCP Exam 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 NCP Exam will covers 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
Once the NCP designation is earned, there are Continuing Education requirements that must be obtained in order to maintain your certification. Once these requirements are met for each period, your designation will continue to be automatically renewed.
NCP Steps to Success
Register for the NCP Exam
Payment: Due upon registration or you may choose to be invoiced. Most major credit cards accepted.
[Note: Pearson VUE code will not be provided until exam registration is paid in full.]
Substitutions: May replace a test-taker with another candidate up to 2 weeks prior to opening of exam window. After that, a substitute test-taker’s registration is automatically transferred to the next exam year.
Change Fees: View the fee schedule for detailed information on change fees and timing.
2023 NCP Exam Dates: April 15th - May 6th
Study, Study, Study
Study Center A collection of resources to help with studying for the exam
NCP Roadmap Recommended path to a successful study plan
Jump Start Reading Program Get a head start on studying
Reference Materials Exam reference documents & training hotlinks (updated annually as needed)
Get a Guide Let a current NCP help you navigate your journey
Partner Resources Additional help available from NCP partners
Set Test Appointment with Pearson VUE
Pearson VUE website opens for testing seats approx. 3 weeks before testing window opens.
NCP Program Administration provides details to set an exam appointment with Pearson VUE along with the individual’s registration ID code. [Note: Pearson VUE code not provided until exam registration payment is received.]
Exam registrant completes Pearson VUE process online to select desired date/location for testing nationwide (testing centers) OR
Exam registrant can register for OnVue online proctoring https://home.pearsonvue.com/eccho/onvue
View your Results
Each examinee will receive a immediate exam result at the Pearson VUE testing center or OnVue online. In addition, HumRRO and ECCHO along with the NCP Editorial Board will then analyze the statistical question/answer data for each exam prior to releasing the final examinee detail report. Individual reports are provided to each examinee via email from the NCP Program Administration office. All exam results are based on an accumulated total of the questions and indicate only a pass or no pass status. Individual scores or results for specific questions are not provided.
Note: Individual examinee reports include helpful information including an indication of performance in each of the four exam blueprint categories relative to the number of questions in that category.
Recognize Your NCPs
We know how hard you worked to achieve your NCP. Now there is an annual day to celebrate and earn free NCP CE credits doing it! NCP must file for NCP CE credit recognition during the filing window and participation must be validated. Live or recorded sessions eligible for credits.
Next National NCP Day
Join us live on August 2, 2022
Click here for other ways to Recognize your NCPs
Click here to view the NCP Directory