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Ask Mary: Can This Learning Event be Submitted for Other Credits?

Dear Mary, Do EPCOR learning events qualify for continuing education credits for certifications other than the Accredited ACH Professional (AAP), Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP) or National Check Professional (NCP)?

The simple answer to your question is quite possibly!

Our relationships with Nacha as the certifying agent for the AAP and APRP, and ECCHO for the NCP, enable us to actively promote our learning events as eligible for continuing education (CE) credits for these three certifications.

Many accreditations mandate that training is provided by an approved licensed provider. To be approved, a training provider must submit each course with each certifying agency. EPCOR has applied and been approved to be a licensed provider for several in-person seminars over the past few years. Approved courses are 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 for a learning event to be eligible 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) accreditations even though we are not a licensed provider.

Now keep in mind, I said “may.” Certifying agencies have the final authority on the 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 biography and/or certificate of attendance; all of which can be delivered to you by our Member Support team.

Bragging Rights
There are approximately 1,300 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)

893

National Check Professional (NCP)

116

Certified Regulatory Compliance Manager (CRCM)

83

Certified Treasury Professional/Certified Cash Manager (CTP/CCM)

57

Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (CAMS)

53

Certified Public Accountant (CPA);

39

Accredited Payments Risk Professional (APRP)

75

Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) / Credit Union Compliance Expert (CUCE)

25

Thinking of Becoming an AAP, APRP or NCP?
Learn more about the accreditation processes and EPCOR's annual AAP Prep Program, APRP Prep Program and NCP Prep Program by visiting epcor.org or by watching our So You Think You Want to Be an AAP, APRP or NCP videos. Also, please contact us if you have an accreditation we may not know about yet so we can update our database!

Maintain Your Certification at a Special Discount

If you’re 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. I know what you’re thinking – but in-person events aren’t happening this year?! Well, you can still use this discount on events that are normally in-person, such as EPCOR Payments University - Virtual Edition, EPCOR Payments Conference 2020 - Virtual Edition and more. Your discount will automatically be applied when registering through the EPCOR online store. If registering by phone just be sure to let Member Support know you are an AAP, APRP or NCP and we will apply the discount.