The AAP exam consists of 120 multiple-choice questions, which you’re allowed three hours to complete. Twenty of those questions are pilot questions, meaning they won’t be scored. The topics included on the exam are:
• General payments overview, including the ACH Network and comparative payment systems
• Risk management
• Rules and regulations, including the NACHA Operating Rules, government payments and federal and state regulations
• Operational process and flow, including origination and receipt, settlement and exception processing
• Technical standards and formats
In addition to studying The Accredited ACH Professional Handbook, which you’ll receive after registering, you have several options to help you prepare to test. The 2017 AAP Handbook is only available to those who have registered to take the AAP exam. This Handbook alone does not provide sufficient background to sit for the exam.
Candidates should expect to receive the 2017 AAP Handbook mid-March via email with a password to access it.