THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
The ideal candidate to study for, take, and pass the exam should have a minimum of two years experience in the financial services industry and a desire to learn more about check payments as a whole. Relevant experience could include check or check image operations, treasury, product, ACH, fraud and/or risk.
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2017 NCP EXAM
Friday, March 31, 2017
♦ May be accepted up to April 30th (or last business day prior) with a $50 late fee.
Please note that test center locations and time options could be limited.
Saturday, April 15th – Saturday, May 6th, 2017
$400 for ECCHO® members/ $500 for non-members.
Am I an ECCHO® Member? Click here to find out.
(Enter your bank name or routing number in the search bar on the left and click Search Members)
Duration of Exam
Not longer than three (3) hours
Computer-based test with 120 multiple choice questions with 100 of the exam questions to be scored. The NCP Editorial Board will review the results of the Exam and determine the appropriate pass/fail threshold after the Test Window closes. Individual test results will be provided by ECCHO® directly to examinees.
Examinees will receive notification either 1) that they passed the exam or 2) that they did not pass the exam. The scores are only listed as “Pass” or “No Pass. Results for specific questions will not be provided to candidates. Exam scores will include an indication of performance in each of the four exam blueprint categories.
NCP exams will be held at PSI Exams Online locations throughout the U.S. and PSI Exams Online will proctor the exams. To find a complete listing of testing centers, click here then select “Test Centers” link.
The PSI Exams Online website will not have the new NCP exam available to request appointments until just before the exam window opens.
Appointments to take the exam
Approximately 3 weeks prior to the exam testing window, paid registrants will receive from ECCHO® a confirmation ID number. This ID number is the “PSI Confirmation Code/ECCHO ID” to be used when scheduling an Exam appointment with PSI Exams Online.
Any scheduled Exam appointment dates and times will be at the discretion of the Testing Center based upon appointment availability at that testing center location. Candidates are encouraged to schedule their test appointment as soon as possible to ensure preferred date and time at the Testing Center of choice. Exam appointments may be scheduled:
– Via the Internet 24 hours a day at www.psiexams.com
– Via telephone by calling PSI at (800) 733-9267
Admittance to Testing Center
Candidates will need to bring the following to the testing center:
– Two (2) forms of identification: one of these must be a photo ID such as a driver’s license or gov’t issued ID.; AND
– Copy of the email from PSI Exams Online confirming the appointment location, date and time.
♦ Note: The name on your ID will need to match the name used to register for the Exam appointment.
It is advisable to arrive at the testing center location 30 minutes before the scheduled test appointment.
Make a plan for your personal items. Purses, cell phones, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing centers. Testing centers may/may not have lockers or other areas to secure personal items.
Retaking the Exam
Examinees that do not pass the exam may pay an additional registration fee for each attempt and retake the exam in a future annual test window without limitations.
Registering for the Exam
You can register online here or by clicking the Register Now link on any NCP webpage. You will submit the exam fee as part of the registration process and a receipt will be emailed to you once the payment has been processed.
The confirmation ID number or “PSI Confirmation ID/ECCHO ID” to be used when scheduling an appointment to take the exam with PSI Exams Online, will be emailed separately prior to the exam date.
Visa, Mastercard and Discover accepted
Payment may be made online directly or ECCHO® can send an invoice for payment by check.
Cancellations and Refunds
Refunds for payments made with a credit card will be credited back to the same card within 3-5 business days of request for cancellation. There is a $50 cancellation fee if received ONE month prior to the exam window of the exam year initially registered. If you would prefer to rollover your your exam to the next year and have not regstered with PSI, then the fee is $25.
Refunds for payments made by check will be received via check made payable to the person/ company sending the initial fee. Please allow three (3) weeks for the receipt of a refund check due to processing and mail time.
Substitutions for candidates who no longer wish to take the NCP Exam are allowable until approximately two weeks prior to the exam window. ECCHO® must be notified directly in the case of substitution requests and no fee will be assessed to support the associated administrative functions. If a substitution request is received by ECCHO® after the deadline, the registration will be transferred to the next exam test window.
NCP Exam Rollover Policy
For test candidates who have already registered with PSI for a testing period there is a $65 rollover fee to move your exam to the following year.
Test candidates that have already exercised the option to move their exam in previous year(s) may move their examination period to the next exam year by informing ECCHO® prior to the start of the exam window and paying a fee of $100. For those who have already registered with PSI LaserGrade for that testing period there is an additional $65 fee to move (totaling $165).
Exams can only be rolled over twice (for two years). After that, if not taken, the exam fee is forfeited.
Missed Exam Appointments
Candidates who arrive outside of their scheduled exam appointment time will be admitted based upon the availability and at the discretion of the PSI Exams Online testing center. If an appointment is missed in such a manner and no other available date/time is acceptable to reschedule, ECCHO® must be notified directly and the exam registration will be transferred minus a $65 administrative fee to the next exam test window.
Candidates who do not keep their scheduled exam appointment and fail to notify ECCHO will be subject to forfeiture of the exam registration fee. The candidate must re-register and pay all applicable registration fees to take any future NCP exam.
To obtain more information, contact Robin Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214.273.3218.
|Fee Description||Fee Amount||Comments/Notes||Refund Policy|
|Exam Fee (member)||$400.00|
|Exam Fee (non-member)||$500.00|
|Exam Fee (member) Retake||$200.00|| ||N/A|
|Exam Fee (non-member) Retake||$250.00|
|Late Registration Fee||$50.00||Anyone registering for the NCP exam after the cut off date. Internal cut off date is 4/30||N/A|
|Cancelation Administrative Fee||$50.00||Registrations for the exam may be canceled for a refund of the exam minus administrative fee ($50) if received ONE month prior to the exam window of the exam year initially registered||Refunds for credit cards will be credited back to the same card within 3-5 business days. Refunds for checks will be received via check made payable to the person/company sending the initial fee – please allow 3 weeks|
|Rollover Fee – early||$25.00||Registrant has not set an appointment with PSI and has notified ECCHO prior to the start of the exam (if they have never moved their test window before)||N/A|
|MIA||$65.00||Registrant departs org prior to taking test. Org paid for test. Org can replace with new registrant for current or next testing period.||Original test fee forfeited|
|Substitution Fee||$0.00||Registration is transferred||N/A|
|Rollover Fee – late||$65.00||Registrant has set an appointment with PSI||N/A|
|Rollover Fee – repeat||$100.00||Registrant has exercised the option to move their exam in previous year(s)||N/A|
|Rollover Fee – repeat PSI||$165.00||Registrant exercised the option to move their exam in previous years(s) ($100) and also registered with PSI for that testing period ($65)||Exams may be rolled over twice (for two years) – then the exam fee is forfeited|
|Missed Exam Fee||$65.00||If an appointment is missed with PSI and there is no other time available to reschedule, ECCHO must be notified and the exam registration will be transferred||N/A|