As an Accredited ACH Professional, you’re required to maintain your status by earning 60 Continuing Education credits within the five-year accreditation period, with no more than 20 credits completed per year. Fifty minutes of educational activity is equal to one renewal credit: if you participate in an hour and a half (90 minutes) teleseminar, for instance, you should divide 90 by 50, which gives you 1.8 renewal credits.
Continuing Education courses can take a variety of formats, but must fall under one of the six general ACH topic areas:
- General Payment Overview/Comparative Payment Systems
- Marketing & Products
- Risk Management
- Rules & Regulations
- Operational Process/Flow
- Technical Standards/Format
The types of educational activities that count toward accreditation renewal vary widely:
- Attend a professional seminar or training, such as those offered through The Payments Institute or Regional Payments Associations.
- Volunteer on certain NACHA or Regional Payments Association committees or Board of Directors, or enroll in the NACHA Buddy Program as a mentor.
- Publish an article, book or paper on an ACH topic.
- Teach a course or seminar on an AAP-related topic.
For more details on eligible educational activities, please refer to the AAP Continuing Education Guidelines