An education and training publication from the Smart Card Alliance.

Welcome to the Smart Card Alliance Education and Training newsletter, a quarterly update distributed to members of the Smart Card Alliance Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP), CSEIP and CSCIP recipients. Please visit the LEAP, CSCIPCSEIP portions of our website for news and updates. Thank you for your membership and interest, and please email us with any suggestions for future content.
Welcome New Certification Recipients
Congratulations to the following individuals who recently received their certification credentials.

  • Steven Mehler, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)
  • Dennis Nguyen, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)


  • Nic Pavel, Interac
  • Lawrence Sutton, CH2M


  • Brent Arnold, XTec
  • Wendy Brown, Protiviti
  • James Burke, SynchroCyber Corporation
  • Richard Childree, Department of Homeland Security/FEMA
  • Ryan Clapman, Protiviti
  • Deon Ford, Prism International
  • Brian Frieze, FDA
  • Troy Hall, Johnson Controls
  • Michael Hamilton, KBRwyle
  • David Harjo, Bureau of ATF
  • Philip Hosack, LVW Electronics
  • Norman Kadnar, NIH
  • Nnamdi Martyn, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Michael McKinnon, The Coleman Group
  • Stephen Mergens, XTec
  • James Morton, NARA
  • Kenneth Myers, Protiviti
  • Jaime Santiago, Bureau of ATF
  • Jason Sargent, Protiviti
  • David Smith, Signet Technologies
  • Chad Stadig, Siemens Industry
  • Paul Wojdynski, Controlled Key Systems
  • Brian Young, Integrated Security Solutions


Training Center Update

2016 was a trendsetting year for the National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security. Last winter, with little by way of office furniture, an open house was held, featuring thought leaders from Federal organizations such as NIST, GSA, GSA Evaluation Laboratory and ISEG. Their presentations, delivered to an at-capacity crowd, capped off a successful first event. Today, the Center houses fully compliant EPACS equipment from four manufacturers that is included on the GSA approved product list; two more have approached the Smart Card Alliance to be included in this exclusive group of manufacturers who have their equipment ready for demonstrating, showcasing and training in the Center.

Hub of Activity
Through consistent outreach, the Center now has partnerships with other industry groups, manufacturers and system service providers. Member manufacturers are using the Center to conduct their own internal training programs and national sales events; system integrators are increasingly using the Center to brief their federal customers on their capabilities (and boast of their CSEIP certified staff) as well as demonstrate their equipment displayed in the Center. The American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS) now credits the recertification of their Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and the Physical Security Professional (PSP) with 17 certification units when the recertification applicant shows a valid CSEIP certification.

Buyers Guide Assists with Requests
The Center worked with GSA’s staff in Fort Worth to create a “Buyers Guide for GSA APL EPACS Systems,” for federal contracting/procurement officers when writing Requests for Information (RFI), Requests for Quote (RFQ) and Requests for Purchase (RFP). The PACS Buyers Guide is written in a generic brand agnostic template format and is also used by industry service providers when writing proposals responding to the RFIs, RFQs and RFPs. The Buyers Guide ensures that only compliant equipment is proposed and engineered by staff with proven relevant competencies. The Buyers Guide is posted on both a federal-only website (Acquisition Gateway) and the public website; if interested, download a free PDF of the guide.

Certification Success
The CSEIP program was very successful this year, with 60 individuals receiving their certification. The CSCIP programs saw professionals from companies such as Capital One, Discover, HP Enterprise, UL and XTec became certified in one of the three CSCIP designations (CSCIP, CSCIP/G and CSCIP/P). In further expansion, individuals from England, India, Malaysia and Sri Lanka have received training and/or requested certification exams. The recent CSEIP update, "Logical Access Systems (LACS) Meet Physical Access Systems (PACS)," has been well received among those who completed this additional CSEIP training module. The recent update of OMB Circular A-130 further emphasizes the point that PACS are indeed part of the federal IT infrastructure. The implications in this are wide-ranging, and will have impact across all federal agencies.

Next year, the Center will continue the effort of expanding market presence and building awareness of the certification programs. Working closely with the Smart Card Alliance Industry Councils to maintain a leading edge role in the education programs for new market opportunities will ensure a busy year ahead. Thank you to all who are part of our training initiatives.

2017 Upcoming Training and Exam Dates

If you are planning on taking the any of our training sessions, make sure to save the date and set up a reminder in your calendar to register. If your company is interested in hosting a corporate exam, let us know. The next training class for CSCIP will be on the road in Texas, and not at the National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security.

  • CSCIP Training and Exam, March 6, 2017 (training) and March 7 (exam), Corporate Identification Systems Group, San Antonio, TX

These training sessions will be held at the National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security located in Crystal City, just outside of Washington, D.C. at 2900 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

  • CSCIP/G Training and Exam, February 14, 2017 (training), February 15 (exam)
  • CSCIP/G Training and Exam, October 17, 2017 (training) and October 18 (exam), National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security
  • CSCIP/P Training and Exam March 27, 2017 (training) and March 28 (exam), Renaissance Orlando at Sea World, Orlando, FL (during SCA Payments Summit Conference)
  • CSCIP/P Training and Exam, Sept. 5, 2017 (training) and Sept. 6 (exam), National Center for Advanced Payments and Identity Security
More resources:
Visit the CSCIP portion of the website for more information.

The full list of 2017 CSEIP dates is up on our website; click here to see the schedule from January through December. Make note of these upcoming courses, which will be held at the National Center for Advanced Payments and Security:
  • CSEIP Training and Exam, Jan. 31–Feb. 2, 2017
  • CSEIP Training and Exam, March 14-16, 2017
  • CSEIP Training and Exam, April 11-13, 2017
CSEIP Recertification Notice
Recertification notices to individuals who passed their CSEIP certifications in 2014 will be sent in January, 2017. CSEIP training recertification requirements will be announced and posted on the CSEIP web site shortly.

More resources:
Visit the CSEIP portion of the website for more information.
New Resources Available
We encourage you to take a look at the many Smart Card Alliance and U.S. Payments Forum educational resources available to you, including resources exclusively available for LEAP members, CSCIP recipients and CSEIP recipients.
  • The Smart Card Alliance Payments Council hosted two webinars on contactless EMV payments benefits, one focused on merchants and one focused on issuers
  • The Smart Card Alliance Payments Council held a well-attended webinar on EMV tokenization. The webinar described EMV tokenization, its use in mobile payments, implementation of a tokenization system, and security considerations
  • The U.S. Payments Forum hosted a successful webinar on EMV Chargeback Best Practices. The webinar discussed the appropriate treatment and mitigation of both counterfeit and lost/stolen chip liability shift chargebacks occurring after the liability shift dates for contact chip cards used in attended transactions. The webinar recording is available on the EMV Connection web site
  • The Forum published a new white paper, Optimizing Transaction Time at the Point of Sale, to describe three categories of approaches to help speed transactions and discuss their potential impacts for each stakeholder group in the U.S. payments ecosystem: “Faster EMV” solutions (i.e., Quick Chip and M/Chip Fast), contactless/Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions, and other EMV checkout optimization practices
  • The Forum updated its white paper, EMV Implementation Guidance: Fallback Transactions, to provide more information on critical values in the fallback compliance process
About This Newsletter
"Education and Training News" is a quarterly publication for members of the Smart Card Alliance Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) and CSCIP and CSEIP recipients. LEAP is an online, members-only organization for smart card professionals that advances education and professional development. The CSCIP and CSEIP programs are Smart Card Alliance training and certification programs for industry professionals. We encourage you to visit the dedicated LEAP, CSCIP and CSEIP sections of our website for news and updates. Thank you for your membership and interest, and please email us with any suggestions for future content.


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