School of General Payments

Designed for individuals new to the payments sphere or those seeking a comprehensive refresher, NEACH U’s School of General Payments introduces terminologies and fundamental concepts spanning ACH, Wires, Checks, Cards, and Instant Payments. For those looking to augment their role and career trajectory, this program serves as an ideal entry point. It empowers students to bolster their knowledge, development, and progression within the payments ecosystem, setting a robust foundation for future growth and expertise. This school is an exclusive benefit for NEACH members, granting access to comprehensive content and materials as part of their membership.

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Program Audience

The School of General Payments is an exclusive program for NEACH members, offering comprehensive content to build foundational knowledge in the payments realm. It serves as an ideal starting point within NEACH U, equipping students with essential skills to navigate payment intricacies and advance their careers.

The representative roles for this program may include: professionals newly entering the payments industry seeking a solid understanding of payment fundamentals. Individuals in roles intersecting with payments who require foundational knowledge to enhance their understanding of payment processes. NEACH members looking to build a strong knowledge base in payments to support their roles and career progression within the payments sector.


Program Benefits

Following successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

► Explain the essential characteristics of each main payment channel.
► Compare the similarities and differences between the various payment channels.
► Identify the primary sources of governance related to each covered payment channel.



Program Certificate

Upon successful completion of the School of General Payments, students will be awarded a verified digital certificate by NEACH U and its parent organization NEACH. Students will also receive a digital LinkedIn badge to enhance their online presence, validate their skills, and demonstrate their commitment to professional growth.

To earn a NEACH U Certificate, you must complete all coursework within the calendar year, regardless of enrollment date. Coursework completion may include: completing all designated courses, meeting deadlines, finishing assignments, offering feedback, and contributing to conversations on the community platform. 



Program Details

Dates & Eligibility: All participants must be at least 18 years of age, proficient in English, and committed to learning and engaging with fellow participants throughout the course. This curriculum is made up of 17 courses (approximately 10 hours of coursework). Term dates are January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024 with rolling admission. No application is required.  

Program Fee

NEACH Member: Free
Non NEACH Member: Not eligible for enrollment

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What Sets NEACH U Apart?

Our flexible, online programs are designed to bring the NEACH U classroom to you, and are built around three key characteristics:

Real-World Application

The NEACH U curriculum centers its approach on real-world application, ensuring students gain practical skills and knowledge directly relevant to their future/current careers. By focusing on industry-specific scenarios, NEACH U fosters career readiness. This emphasis on real-world applicability equips learners with the tools, insights, and expertise needed to be competent and well-prepared professionals in their respective careers.


NEACH U's curriculum, developed by leading payments experts, follows the latest online adult education standards. With input from practitioners in the field, it offers a dynamic, practical, and up-to-date learning experience, ensuring students gain relevant skills for success in the evolving payments industry.


NEACH U offers more than education; it connects you to a nationwide community of payments professionals. Through networking and peer-driven learning, students collaborate, learn from experts, and build lasting connections. This dynamic community enriches education, provides mentorship opportunities, and keeps you updated on industry trends, fostering a robust network for your career growth.

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Deepen your expertise through professional development from any of NEACH U's eleven schools: Accreditation, Business Education, Compliance, Daily Operations (Beginner and Advanced); General Payments, Payments Management, Payments Modernization, Payments Strategy, Retail Banking, Risk Management, and Treasury Management. 

Engage with NEACH U faculty in online courses. Grow as a leader and gain critical insights into various areas of payments—or access resources to earn professional certifications. Download a course catalog to learn more about each School of Study. 

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