AAP Study Program - Your Path to Becoming an AAP

Your organization benefits from your knowledge!

The PaymentsFirst AAP Study Program was designed with the student in mind. This program offers comprehensive knowledge to help you prepare for the AAP exam, while providing you with an interactive experience and a valuable support system outside the classroom. Designed by trainers with an extensive background in electronic payments for aspiring AAP candidates. 

4 convenient ways for you to participate, you choose which one works best for you!

  1. AAP Study Program includes one Preparation & Review session, one Test Prep session, a Study Syllabus, Study Modules, Online Quizzes and monthly conference calls
  2. AAP Webinar Series
  3. AAP Study Program PLUS includes the AAP Study Program AND the AAP Webinar Series listed above
  4. AAP Summer (Self-Paced) Session includes a Study Syllabus, Study Modules, Online Quizzes and monthly conference calls

I want to be an AAP! - Now Available On-Demand

2018 AAP Study Program Information

AAP Study Programonly $795 for members | $1590 for nonmember
Includes:

  • AAP Preparation & Review - 2 day in-person *
    • 9am-3pm both days (Nashville, Columbia and Birmingham)
    • Atlanta session time change: 9:30am-3pm first day, 9am-3pm second day
  • AAP Test Prep - 1 day in-person *
    • 9am-3pm
  • Printed copies of Study Modules (delivered at respective AAP Preparation & Review session)
    • Online modules (available on April 16th)
  • Study Syllabus w/ Online Quiz Schedule (Syllabus available April 16th)
  • Monthly Conference Calls (recordings will also be available)
    • June 1, July 13, August 10, September 7, and October 5
    • 10:30am-11:00am ET / 9:30am-10:00am CT

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AAP Webinar Series (live session AND recording) – only $895 for members | $1790 for nonmembers

  • 8 Webinar Series covering the AAP Study Modules plus a Review / Wrap-Up session
    • 2pm - 4pm ET / 1pm - 3pm CT
    • June 4. June 18, July 2, July 16, July 30, August 13, August 27, September 10
    • September 24 - Review & Wrap-Up
  • Study Modules PDFs (available April 16th)

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AAP Study Program PLUS – only $1,495 for members | $2990 for nonmembers
The perfect combination of in-person and on-demand training
Includes:

  • AAP Study Program plus
  • AAP Webinar Series (includes live sessions AND recording)

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AAP Summer Session (Self Study) – only $300 for members | $600 for nonmembers

  • Study Syllabus w/ Online Quiz Schedule (Syllabus available April 16th)
  • Study Modules PDFs (available on April 16th)
  • Monthly Conference Calls (recordings will also be available)
    • June 1, July 13, August 10, September 7, and October 5
    • 10:30am-11:00am ET / 9:30am-10:00am CT

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* Note: In-Person sessions may also be purchase individually below:

AAP Preparation & Review only $395 for members | $790 for nonmembers

April 18 & April 19 Atlanta, GA
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April 25 & April 26 Nashville, TN
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May 23 & May 24 Columbia, SC
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June 6 & June 7 Birmingham, AL
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AAP Test Prep only $195 for members | $390 for nonmembers

September 5 Atlanta, GA
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September 5 Birmingham, AL
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September 6 Columbia, SC
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September 6 Nashville, TN
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Looking for additional study materials?

AAP Prep Publications Package – only $350 for members | $700 for nonmembers
Includes:

  • 2018 NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines
  • ACH Compliance Manual
  • ACH Product and Marketing Handbook
  • Revised UCC4A and the ACH Network
  • AAP Flashcards (available late Spring 2018)
  • ACH Pro CD 2018 (available late Spring 2018)

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Why Should I Become an AAP?

AAPs are recognized throughout the payments industry as subject matter experts. The AAP designation distinguishes you within your organization and throughout the payments industry as one who has taken the extra step to become an expert in the field.

AAPs are in-demand and are recognized throughout the payments industry as the “go-to” staff member for all things ACH.

Achieving the AAP accreditation clearly demonstrates your commitment and dedication to the payments profession and boosts your profile in any company or government agency.

As long as you remain certified through Continuing Education or retesting, the AAP designation is yours. Holding the AAP designation could open new doors to career growth or opportunities.

AAP Value Proposition for Companies

Having staff on board that have the AAP credential reinforces that your organization is continually at the forefront of the information chain regarding current changes and updates to the NACHA Operating Rules and current Federal and state payments industry regulations. Key areas that your organization will profit from by having AAP-credentialed staff include but are not limited to:

  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Risk Management
  • Cost Control
  • Operational Efficiency
  • Product Development
  • Compliance

Who Should Get Accredited?

Any professional in the payments industry can work toward accreditation. If you’ve worked in ACH for at least two years, you’ll be adding a highly respected qualification to your professional development. if you’re relatively new to the field, you’ll give yourself an edge over the competition. At a minimum, NACHA recommends spending two years working in the payments industry before taking the AAP exam.

Exam Cost and Test Dates

2018 AAP Exam Information

AAP Exam Scheduling Instructions
Registration for the 2018 exam opens Monday, January 15, 2018.

2018 Test Window: Monday, Oct. 8 – Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018

Registration End Date: Friday, Sept. 14
Member: $495
Non-Member: $625

Late Registration Period *: Saturday, Sept. 15 - Monday, Oct. 1
Member: $545
Non-Member: $675

Deferral End Date: Friday, September 21
Member: $125
Non-Member: $125

Late Deferral Period *: Saturday, September 22 - Monday, October 1
Member: $150
Non-Member: $150

Substitution End Date *: Monday, October 1
Member: $90
Non-Member: $90

Cancellation End Date: Friday, August 31, 2018

*Absolutely no registrations, deferrals, or substitutions will be processed after the deadline.

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Recommended Publications

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2018 NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines
ACH Pro 2018 CD (available late spring 2018)
The Regulation E Book Guidelines for ACH Compliance
The ACH Compliance Manual
AAP Flashcards 
ACH Marketing Handbook
Revised Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A and the Automated Clearing

*each publication is individually priced

 

AAP Continuing Education Credits (CECs)

An AAP must earn 60 hours of Continuing Education, with no more than 20 hours earned in any one year, during the five year accreditation period. AAPs also have an option to retest during the fourth or fifth year if the Continuing Education requirements are not met.

Reporting of Credits: Please keep track of continuing education credits earned throughout the year.

  • Filing Deadline Date:  March 31st (for prior year)
  • Late Filing Deadline - April 30th (late fee applies)
  • File Credits online

How do I Earn AAP Credits?

How Many Credits Have I Earned?

This information is at your finger tips.
  1. Log into www.paymentsfirst.org
  2. Go to Members Only Section 
  3. View/Pay Invoices to see a history of training you attended.
  4. Add up the credits
 
AAP Credits per training opportunity
 
One day workshop - 5.4
Webinar - 60 minutes - 1.2 / 90 minutes - 1.8
Solutions Conference - Up to 15 credits
Birmingham Education Event - up to 8.2
Payments Summit - up to 10.2