NACHA to Recognize More Than 330 New Recipients of the Accredited ACH Professional Credential During National AAP Recognition Day on Feb. 14

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NACHA will recognize the 332 newly credentialed Accredited ACH Professionals who passed the 2016 AAP exam, as well as the nearly 4,500 professionals who currently hold the credential.

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AAPs are an elite group of highly skilled and educated payments professionals who are recognized and relied on for their payments expertise and abilities to help financial institutions and businesses of all sizes remain in compliance with industry rules.

In honor of National AAP Recognition Day, NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association® will recognize the 332 newly credentialed Accredited ACH Professionals who passed the 2016 AAP exam, as well as the nearly 4,500 professionals who currently hold the credential.

NACHA, the Regional Payments Associations, and more than 1,700 organizations will celebrate National AAP Recognition Day in unique ways across the country.

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 payments systems, technical and operational ACH requirements, risk management, and payments-related regulations.

“AAPs are an elite group of highly skilled and educated payments professionals who are recognized and relied on for their payments expertise and abilities to help financial institutions and businesses of all sizes remain in compliance with industry rules and regulations,” said Scott M. Lang, AAP, senior vice president, Association Services at NACHA.

“Knowledge gained from preparing for and maintaining the AAP certification is an invaluable asset for professionals to have as it allows them to play a key role at their workplace in improving operational processes, mitigating risk, staying abreast of payments industry developments, and improving customer satisfaction,” Lang said.

To honor the recently credentialed and current AAPs during National AAP Recognition Day, which is celebrated annually on the second Tuesday of February, NACHA and the RPAs will fly a U.S. flag over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The flag then will be awarded to an AAP at the annual AAP Reception, sponsored by the RPAs, at PAYMENTS 2017, which will be held April 23-26 in Austin, Texas.

AAPs receive exclusive registration rates for PAYMENTS 2017 ($1,425 through Feb. 24) and The Payments Institute ($2,195), two of NACHA’s premier educational events. Registration is now open for both programs, which offer continuing education credits.

For more information about the AAP Program, please visit nacha.org/events/training/ach-professional.

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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.

PAYMENTS 2017
PAYMENTS 2017, the definitive destination for faster payments, is taking place April 23-26 at the Austin Convention Center in Texas. The conference is a proven, well-respected, and powerful event that provides attendees with the latest research, insights, trends and forecasts to support and drive payments innovation. This year, NACHA introduces the Faster Payments Experience, a consummate educational opportunity encompassing sessions and solutions that focus on real-time, same-day and other faster payments initiatives. Additional content is organized along five tracks — ACH; Risk & Compliance; Trending Now; Corporate & End-User Perspectives; and Payments Evolution — to address the topics of today that are impacting the payments space. The conference also offers a dynamic Exhibit Hall featuring top products and services shaping the future of payments. Registration is now open. To learn more about PAYMENTS 2017, visit payments.nacha.org.

NACHA—The Electronic Payments Association
Since 1974, NACHA–The Electronic Payments Association has served as trustee of the ACH Network, managing the development, administration and rules for the payment network that universally connects all 12,000 financial institutions in the U.S by moving money and information directly from one bank account to another. Financial institutions exchange 24 billion ACH payments valued at $41 trillion annually. Through its collaborative, self-governing model, education, and inclusive engagement of ACH Network participants, NACHA facilitates the expansion and diversification of electronic payments, supporting Direct Deposit and Direct Payment via ACH transactions, including ACH credit and debit payments, recurring and one-time payments; government, consumer and business transactions; international payments, and payments plus payment-related information. Through NACHA’s expertise and leadership, the ACH Network is now one of the largest, safest, and most reliable systems in the world, creating value and enabling innovation for all participants. Visit nacha.org for more information.

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