Our History

In March of 1976, the Wisconsin Automated Clearing House Association (WACHA) was created as a nonprofit 501(C)(6), membership-based organization which provides financial and business communities with electronic payments education and information. Our purpose is to assist in implementation, problem solving, and marketing of all ACH products and services to our over 300 members.  WACHA is one of 11 Regional Payment Associations located in the United States and is a Direct Member of the National ACH Association (NACHA).

In 2011, the WACHA Board of Directors established a wholly owned subsidiary Payment Advisory Resource (PAR) to be our delivery arm for services including: compliance, advisory services, and risk management. We are here to help our members navigate the ever-changing payments landscape!

What We Do

PAR/WACHA is recognized among its members as their primary resource for questions, training and expertise for all their payment needs.  PAR/WACHA assists its members not only with ACH payments, but Check, Card and Wire. Knowledge of all payment systems is critical in today’s environment as payments continue to converge and evolve. Our training is not just for financial institutions' operations and compliance staff, we offer training focused toward the financial institution’s corporate customers.  PAR/WACHA supports continuing education for our staff as well. 

PAR/WACHA currently has six Accredited ACH Professionals (AAPs) and four National Check Professionals (NCPs) on staff.   The staff is shared between the two organizations and has over 75 years of combined experience.

WACHA'S Mission 

The payment experts – providing comprehensive solutions and exceptional support to the market.

PAR'S Mission 

To provide value to the payment industry through high quality products, services, education, consulting and risk management expertise.