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Ask Mary: Can I Submit This Learning Event for Other Credits?

Shelly Sipple

By: Shelly Sipple, AAP, APRP

Dear Mary: I’ve attended numerous EPCOR learning events and wondered if any qualify for continuing education credits for certifications other than Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) or National Check Professional (NCP)? And will EPCOR learning events be eligible for Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) continuing education credits?

The simple answers to your two questions are: (1) quite possibly, and (2) yes, beginning in 2019. Let me quantify my response to question one of “quite possibly.”

Our relationships with NACHA as the certifying agent for the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) and APRP, and ECCHO for the NCP, enable us to actively promote our learning events as being eligible for continuing education (CE) credits for these three certifications. (APRPs will begin maintaining their certification in January 2019 and report earned credits in March 2020.)

In order for EPCOR to promote that a learning event is eligible for credits, some other accreditations mandate training be provided by an approved licensed provider. To be approved, a training provider must apply with the certifying agent and include a non-refundable fee. EPCOR has applied and been approved to be a licensed provider for several in-person seminars over the past few years. Approved courses will be noted in our online store and in communications you receive for qualifying learning events.

However, based on our research, we’ve found it’s not always necessary for EPCOR to be an approved licensed provider of education by a certifying agency in order for a learning event to be submitted for credits. In many cases, our training may still meet the eligibility requirements for that organization’s continuing education. For example, our courses may qualify for CE credits for Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS), Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM), Certified Treasury Professional/Certified Cash Manager (CTP/CCM) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) even though we are not a licensed provider.

Now keep in mind, I said “may.” Certifying agencies have the final authority on acceptance of individual courses for CE credits. Therefore, the best way to determine if an EPCOR learning event is eligible for CE credits is to inquire with the certifying agency. You may be asked to provide a course description, timed agenda, speaker bio and certificate of attendance; all of which can be delivered to you by our Member Support team.

Bragging Rights

There are approximately 1,200 individuals within the EPCOR membership who have taken the necessary steps to be recognized as experts in financial services, whether it be in audit, operations, compliance, risk management, fraud or security. Within our membership, over 60 different accreditations have been reported to us, with the following certifications being the most prevalent:
 

Designation Number of Members
Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) 884
National Check Professional (NCP) 113
Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM) 99
Certified Treasury Professional/Certified Cash Manager (CTP/CCM) 54
Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS) 51
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) 46
Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) 34
Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) 10
Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE) 7

Thinking of Becoming an AAP, APRP or NCP?

Learn more about the accreditation processes and EPCOR's AAP Prep Program, APRP Prep Program and NCP Prep Course by visiting our website. Also, please contact us if you have an accreditation we don’t know about yet so we can update our database and let you know if we have a learning event that is eligible for CE credits in your accreditation.

Maintain Your Certification at a Special Discount

As an AAP, APRP or NCP, your hard work merits a special discount. Our AAP/APRP/NCP Discount Program entitles you to 10% off any EPCOR in-person learning event, including Payment Systems Update, EPCOR Payments Conference – Spring or Fall, EPCOR Payments University, EPCOR Compliance Summit and EPCOR Faster Payments Symposium. Your discount will automatically be applied when registering through the EPCOR online store. If registering by phone just be sure to let us know you are an AAP, APRP or NCP and we will apply the discount.