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Payments Accreditations

Payments Accreditations Journey: Step by Step

Are you ready to position yourself for professional advancement? Accreditation shows you have superior skills and abilities, a level of commitment to your profession, and that you have invested your valuable time and resources to prove that you are an experienced payments professional.

The Clearing House Payments Authority (TCHPA) offers exam prep education and resources to help you prepare for the National Check Professional (NCP), Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP), and the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP).

While each credential has its own specific requirements the journey is basically the same.

  1. Earn the recommended TCHPA Certificate to demonstrate your basic knowledge
  2. Prep with the TCHPA Exam Prep Webinar Series
  3. Earn your accreditation
  4. Connect in the TCHPA Alliance meetings
  5. Earn continuing education credits

Accreditations

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The NCP credential is designed to recognize and build check expertise. Having an NCP on staff promotes the credibility of your team by enhancing knowledge of check operations, regulations, products, and services. Here are the steps to take in your journey to earning your NCP.

Accreditation Owner: ECCHO

2024 NCP test window: April 20-May 11, 2024

  1. Watch I Want to Be a National Check Professional (NCP)
  2. Read "How to Successfully Become an NCP"
  3. Earn the TCHPA Check Foundations Certificate
  4. Register and attend the TCHPA 2024 NCP Exam Prep Webinar Series
    • February 20 - March 28, 2024. Registration closes at 5:00pm ET February 14th!
  5. Register with ECCHO to take the NCP Exam
  6. Earn NCP Accreditation
  7. Maintain Your NCP Accreditation
  8. Connect at the TCHPA NCP Alliance Meeting - Limited to TCHPA Members only
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Effectively managing payments risk is crucial for organizations that provide payment services. The APRP credential demonstrates that you, or your employees, have mastered the complexities of risk management for ACH, check, wire, debit, credit and prepaid cards, and emerging and alternative payments. Here are steps to take in your journey to earning your APRP.

Accreditation Owner: Nacha

2024 APRP test window: August 5 - 31, 2024

  1. Watch I Want to Be an Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) 
  2. Read "How to Successfully Become an APRP"
  3. Earn TCHPA Payments Risk Foundations Certificate
  4. Register and attend TCHPA  APRP Exam Prep Series
    • May 30 - July 18, 2024. Registration closes at 5:00pm ET May 22nd!
  5. Register with Nacha to take the APRP Exam
  6. Earn APRP Accreditation
  7. Maintain your APRP Accreditation
  8. Connect at the TCHPA APRP Alliance Meeting - Limited to TCHPA Members only. Dates listed below. Click the link to the Calendar to choose your date and register.

    • Rochester, NY - April 10, 2024
    • Chicago, IL - May 24, 2024
    • Lansing, MI - June 26, 2024
    • Virtual - September 17, 2024 (APRP Recognition Day)
    • Acme, MI - September 25, 2024
    • Princeton, NJ - October 3, 2024
    • Virtual - December 5, 2024
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The AAP credential demonstrates that you have mastered ACH payments. You have a deep understanding of the Nacha Operating Rules & Guidelines as well as other laws and regulations. Here are steps to take in your journey to earning your AAP. 

Accreditation Owner: Nacha

2024 Test Window: October 7 - November 2, 2024

  1. Watch I Want to Be an Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) - February 28, 2024
  2. Read "How to Successfully Become an AAP"
  3. Earn TCHPA ACH Certificates:
  4. Register and attend TCHPA AAP Exam Prep Series
    • August 1 - September 27, 2024. Registration closes at 5:00pm ET July 24th!
  5. Register with Nacha to take the AAP Exam
  6. Register and attend 2024 AAP In-Person Review
  7. Earn your AAP Accreditation
  8. Maintain your AAP Accreditation
  9. Connect at the TCHPA AAP Alliance Meeting - Limited to TCHPA Members only. Dates listed below. Click the link to the Calendar to choose your date and register.

    • Virtual - February 13, 2024 (AAP Recognition Day)
    • Rochester, NY - April 10, 2024
    • Chicago, IL - May 24, 2024
    • Lansing, MI - June 26, 2024
    • Acme, MI - September 25, 2024
    • Princeton, NJ - October 3, 2024
    • Virtual - December 13, 2024