ACH Seminars Offered Free by ACH Direct and UMACHA

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ACH Direct will host a series of webinars on automated clearing house (ACH) topics, produced and presented by the Upper Midwest ACH Association (UMACHA), beginning March 11, 2008.

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We're happy to be able to partner with UMACHA to offer this comprehensive series free to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the ACH Network.

    The webinar series is designed to provide a basic to intermediate education on ACH to merchant participants with a concentration on specific aspects of ACH targeting merchant's needs.

"It's very important for merchants to have a better understanding of all of the payment acceptance options that are available to their business and the associated rules and regulations that govern each payment methodology," said Jeff Thorness, President and CEO of ACH Direct. "We're happy to be able to partner with UMACHA to offer this comprehensive series free to anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the ACH Network."

Participants must register in advance at All seminars will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Central Time and include time for questions and answers. Registered participants will dial into a conference line for audio and log into an online session to view these presentations:

March 11, 2008 - Introduction to ACH - Discover the basic principles, history and legal framework of the ACH Network. The course will discuss participants the flow of ACH transactions, where the originator fits into the "flow" of an ACH transaction and the route taken before posting to the receiver's account.

April 8, 2008 - Authorization Requirements - This session will provide details on ACH authorizations including the various types of authorizations (verbal, written or similarly authenticated, or by notice) and who is responsible for the authorization.

May 13, 2008 - Exception Processing (Returns & NOCs) - This session discusses the reasons ACH returns can happen, Notifications of Change, a merchant's responsibilities and timeframes.

June 10, 2008 - Unauthorized Entries and Stop Payments - This session details why and when an entry is returned as unauthorized (consumer and corporate entries) and what the merchant's role is as an originator. It also includes information on handling stop payments.

July 8, 2008 - e-Check Conversion Products - This session shows participants how a paper check is converted to an ACH transaction, specifically ARC, POP and BOC; authorization requirements, source documents and retention; and Represented Check (RCK) entry requirements.

August 12, 2008 - WEB and TEL Entries - This session discusses requirements for originators and companies for WEB (Internet Initiated Entries) and TEL (Telephone Initiated Entries) as well as authorization and authentication details for each application.

September 9, 2008 - ACH File Formats- Record Information - In this session, participants learn what happens to the originator's input and what it means to the receiving financial institution or receiver (consumer/corporate customer). Details include: 1) What entered information looks like; 2) Why the information is necessary; and 3) What the data look like on the receiving side.

About ACH Direct, Inc.

ACH Direct is one of the largest and most innovative payment processors in the United States, offering a comprehensive suite of payment processing and risk management solutions for credit card, debit card and Echeck (ACH) acceptance. ACH Direct's customers benefit from a complete solution for payment acceptance via the Internet, over the phone, by mail or in person. Dedicated to providing superior customer service and industry-leading technology, ACH Direct provides tools to help organizations of all types and sizes reduce costs, mitigate risk and increase efficiencies. Additional information about ACH Direct can be found at


Financial institutions and corporate members across the Midwest choose UMACHA as a key resource to enhance their understanding of electronic payments. Its mission is to support its members and other stakeholders in payment system participation through education and training, marketing and operational support, information dissemination and consulting, with a particular emphasis on the ACH network.

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