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ECCHO, a service of the The Clearing House

ECCHO, a service of the The Clearing House

Earning the National Check Professional (NCP) credential from ECCHO signifies a level of expertise and a commitment to continuing education and professional development. The NCP credential by your name distinguishes you as a leader in your field. Check payments professionals that earn the NCP are the recognized check payments experts.

Attaining the NCP certification is the beginning of a commitment to continued education and professional growth. The NCPC program examination is a three-hour, 120-question multiple-choice exam with questions related to the four knowledge domains of check payments covered by the exam including:

  • Rules, Laws, and Regulations
  • Fraud and Risk Mitigation
  • Check Operations
  • Check Products

Examination Process

Candidates that sit for the NCPC program examination must follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Have the recommended minimum two years of experience in the financial services industry and a desire to learn more about check payments.
  • Step 2: Prepare for the Examination through study of recommended topics and review of related reference materials.
  • Step 3: Register for the Examination with ECCHO and pay the examination fees.
  • Step 4: Make an appointment at a Pearson Vue Test Center. Note: Appointments may be made up to one calendar day prior to the date a candidate wishes to test, subject to availability.

Examination Scheduling Information

Following Examination registration with ECCHO, candidates receive a confirmation email from ECCHO with a unique candidate ID (ECCHO ID) that is required to make a test center appointment with Pearson Vue. In addition to the ECCHO ID, this email communication includes detailed instructions for scheduling the examination appointment.

Arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled appointment to allow time for all Test Center sign-in procedures. Bring a copy of the email from Pearson VUE confirming the appointment location, date and time and have your ECCHO ID available. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late for the exam appointment, you may be refused admission and forfeit fees.

Be prepared to show one current government-issued identification such as a driver’s license or passport. This must be a photo identification with a signature. The name on this identification must exactly match the name used for the Pearson VUE appointment process. ECCHO must be notified immediately to correct inaccurate spelling of a candidate’s name or incorrect personal information. If a candidate’s name does not match the name on the candidate’s government-issued ID, the candidate will not be admitted to a Pearson VUE testing center.

Study Resources – Exam Registrants

Contact ECCHO

Phone: 214-273-3218

NCPC Program Administration
3710 Rawlins Street; Suite 1075
Dallas, Texas 75219

Last updated 2020-02-10