Celebrate the achievements of your ACH pros
posted by Diana Kern, AAP on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 in SHAZAM Blog
On behalf of everyone at the SHAZAM ACH Payments Association, I’d like to congratulate Claire Cook of Dupaco Community Credit Union (pictured 1st below) and Amanda Dammann of Primebank (pictured 2nd below)! Claire and Amanda are members who earned the AAP designation for the first time in 2019. Way to go, ladies!
This past Tuesday, Feb. 11, was a special day for AAPs like Claire, Amanda, me and several of my SHAZAM colleagues — it was National AAP Recognition Day. Each year on the second Tuesday of February, Nacha® and the payments associations celebrate the accomplishments of AAPs across the country.
If you have AAPs on your staff, I hope you treated them to lunch, cake or something special on Tuesday. And if you didn’t, there’s still time to grab a bouquet of fresh flowers or a box of chocolates from the Valentine’s Day aisle. (Two holidays to celebrate in one week — lucky us!)
Let’s learn a little more about what it means to be an AAP.
WHAT’S AN AAP?
AAP stands for Accredited ACH Professional. AAP accreditation confirms your credibility, competency and expertise in the payments industry. There are more than 4,600 AAPs in the U.S. today.
Businesses with AAPs on staff serve as industry leaders and the go-to organizations regarding Nacha Operating Rules changes and industry regulations. They also enjoy operational efficiencies, enhanced risk management oversight, improved regulatory compliance, and increased customer service and satisfaction.
BECOMING AN AAP
Any professional in the payments industry can work toward AAP accreditation.
- If you’ve worked in ACH for years, you’ll add a highly respected qualification to your resume.
- If you’re relatively new to the field, you’ll give yourself an edge over the competition. Keep in mind, Nacha recommends spending at least two years in the payments industry before taking the AAP exam.
So, do you eat, sleep and breathe ACH? Are you ready to take the next step and pursue your AAP accreditation? Or maybe you just want to learn more?
Nacha’s website offers a wealth of information about becoming an AAP. You can read up on frequently asked questions, how to prepare for the exam, how to maintain your accreditation and more.
And, if you’re not yet a member of the SHAZAM ACH Payments Association, consider joining us. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’d be happy to fill you in on the benefits.
Again, I want to extend a big congrats to Claire, Amanda and all my fellow AAPs. I hope you enjoyed your special day!
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