Accreditations and Certifications

Gain a competitive advantage and impress your examiners by having accredited payment professionals on staff. Macha/PAR's in-depth preparation programs are recognized among the best in the country! 

Here is a list of your colleagues who are certified AAPs and NCPs. Accreditations set Payments Professionals apart for their expertise. Read more on how you can become an AAP, NCP or APRP below.



Accredited ACH Professional (AAP)

AAPs are an elite group of highly-skilled professionals who are recognized for their electronic payments expertise and who have a strong competitive edge in functioning as effective partners in the business and financial arenas. The AAP accreditation is recognized as the gold standard in ACH excellence.

AAPs bring a wide range of experience and a critical knowledge base that is a valuable asset to any organization and Regulators seek out AAP’s during exams.

The AAP exam opens every October. To optimize your study plan, you can sign up for the PacPay AAP Test Prep Package, which includes classes, the Nacha Rules, and many study materials!

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National Check Professional (NCP)

This designation recognizes professionals who have successfully proven a certain level of understanding of the current check payments landscape.

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Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP)

The APRP certification shows a high level of commitment to risk management and regulatory compliance. Macha/PAR has created a comprehensive APRP Prep Series to prepare you for everything you need to know about risk. Exams open in July for this certification.

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Faster Payments Professional FPP  

Faster Payments Professional (FPP) Certificate

Faster payments are here to stay, and with Same Day ACH, RTP®—plus whatever comes next—it’s more important than ever to be prepared.

The Faster Payments Professional (FPP) certificate is a first-of-its-kind program providing professionals with holistic views of faster payments and getting them acquainted with current offerings. Earning this certificate demonstrates your proficiency in the faster payments field. The certificate program will be offered in three (3) separate modules.  Each module will include a series of pre-recorded webinars that allows for self-paced study.  Once each module is complete, there is a short quiz. Once all modules and quizzes are complete, one final certification exam will be offered.  Each module will be sold separately.

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ACH Certificate

Expand your knowledge of electronic payments, demonstrate your commitment to professionalism and maintain a competitive edge in the industry with this new certificate. This is a great way to take steps toward your AAP accreditation!

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