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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. 

Ready for the challenge? 

PaymentsFirst offers four convenient ways to prepare you for the exam!

Take a look at the Program Options below to determine which one works best for you!

 

2020 AAP Study Program Information (begins April 2020)

AAP Study Programonly $795 for members | $1,590 for nonmember

Includes:

  • AAP Review - Note: Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are moving our in-person AAP session to virtual learning.  Specific details on dates and timeframes will be sent out the week of March 23rd
  • Study Modules PDFs (available on AAP Study Participant page - April 2020)
  • Study Syllabus - (available April 2020)
  • Online Quiz (begins June 1st)
  • Monthly Conference Calls (recordings will also be available)
    • June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, and October 2
    • 10:30am-11:00am ET / 9:30am-10:00am CT

 

AAP Webinar Series (live sessions AND recordings) – only $895 for members | $1,790 for nonmembers

  • 10 Webinar Series - 11am - 12:30pm ET / 10am - 11:30am CT
      • May 11 - Modules 8 & 1
      • May 26 (Tuesday session) - Modules 2 & 3
      • June 8 - Module 11
      • June 22 - Modules 4, 5, 6
      • July 6 - Modules 7 & 9
      • July 20 - Mini Decks: Regulation E, Remittance Transfers & UCC-4A
      • August 3 - Module 12
      • August 17 - Mini Decks: the Green Book, Government Reclamations
      • August 31 - Module 10 part 1
      • September 14 - Module 10 part 2
      • September 28 - Review & Wrap-Up
  • Study Syllabus - (available April 2020)
  • Online Quiz (begins June 1st)
  • Study Modules PDFs (available on AAP Study Participant page - April 2020)
  • Monthly Conference Calls (recordings will also be available)
    • June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, and October 2
    • 10:30am-11:00am ET / 9:30am-10:00am CT

Click here to register for AAP Webinar Series!

AAP Study Program PLUSonly $1,495 for members | $2,990 for nonmembers

The perfect combination of in-person and on-demand training
Includes:

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

 

AAP Self Study Programonly $350 for members | $700 for nonmembers

  • Study Syllabus - (available April 2020)
  • Study Modules PDFs (available on AAP Study Participant page - April 2020)
  • Online Quiz (begins June 1st)
  • Monthly Conference Calls (recordings will also be available)
    • June 12, July 10, August 7, September 11, and October 2
    • 10:30am-11:00am ET / 9:30am-10:00am CT

 

* Note: Due to the ongoing spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus), we are moving our in-person AAP session to virtual learning.  Specific details on dates and timeframes will be sent out the week of March 23rd:

AAP Review (Virtual) Sessions only - $450 for members | $900 for nonmembers

Virtual Dates and Times to be Announced

 

 

Looking for additional study materials?

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

  • 2020 NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines
  • ACH Compliance Manual
  • ACH Product and Marketing Handbook
  • Revised UCC4A and the ACH Network
  • AAP Flashcards (available late Spring 2020)
  • ACH Pro CD 2020 (available late Spring 2020)

Click here to order AAP Prep Publication Package!

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

2020 AAP Exam Information

AAP Exam Scheduling Instructions

Registration for the 2020 exam opens Monday, January 13, 2020.

2020 Test Window: Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 – Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

Registration End Date: Friday, September 11, 2020
Member: $525, Non-Member: $650

Late Registration Period *: Saturday, Sept. 12 - Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2020
Member: $575, Non-Member: $700

Deferral End Date *: Friday, September 18, 2020
Member: $125, Non-Member: $125

Late Deferral Period *: Saturday, September 19 - Thursday, October 1, 2020
Member: $150, Non-Member: $150

Substitution End Date *: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Member: $90, Non-Member: $90

Cancellation End Date *: Monday, August 31, 2020
Member: $60, Non-Member: $60

*A written request is required for deferrals and cancellations.  Absolutely no registrations, deferrals, or substitutions will be processed after the deadline.

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Recommended Publications

Click here for Suggested Supplemental Resources

2019 NACHA Operating Rules and Guidelines
ACH Pro 2019 CD (available late Spring 2019)
The ACH Compliance Manual
AAP Flashcards 
ACH Marketing Handbook
Revised Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A and the Automated Clearing

Each publication can be purchased individually or as the AAP Prep Publication package

 

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 - 6.6
Webinar * - 60 minutes - 1.2 / 90 minutes - 1.8
Solutions Conference - Up to 13.8 credits
Evolution Education Event - up to 7.2
AAP Review - 13.2 Credits
 

* Note about Webinar Recordings

AAPs may submit up to 10 credit hours for self-study. Pre-recorded webinars originally held in the same calendar year for which credits are being earned are included in this new category. Please note, AAPs are not able to re-submit credits for any webinar they listened to during the live broadcast, and management certification for time spent listening is required.

Please reference the AAP Continuing Education Guidelines for more information.