European CSCIP announced



The Smart Card Alliance is launching a European version of its Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) exam at the CARTES & Identification event in Paris in December 2010. 
The exam – part of the Alliance’s Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) – is the smart card industry’s only standardized certification programme that recognises professionals that have advanced levels of smart card industry knowledge and experience, and have passed a multi-part exam developed by leading smart card industry experts with the support of international industry associations.
According to the Smart Card Alliance, the CSCIP training documentation has been updated for CARTES to include content on international technology standards and global implementations to support the expansion of this international exam. The individuals that complete the classroom training and pass each section of the exam will receive a CSCIP designation. Currently there are more than 100 international LEAP members and 56 certified CSCIPs.
 “After two years of success offering the CSCIP exam in North America, we received significant demand for training and certifications from individuals around the world,” says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. 
 The Smart Card Alliance has developed nine training modules covering the body of knowledge for applicants to use to prepare for the CSCIP certification exam. The training modules available now for CSCIP international applicants to download from the Smart Card Alliance Web site are:
·         Smart Card Fundamentals
·         Security
·         Smart Card Application and Data Management
·         Smart Card Usage Models - Identity and Security
·         Smart Card Usage Models - Payments and Financial Transactions
·         Smart Card Usage Models - Mobile, NFC and Pay TV
·         Other Identity Topics (RF-enabled contactless smart cards vs. RFID, for example)
·         Smart Card Technology and Application Glossary
·         Bibliography of Additional Resources
For more information and to join LEAP and the CSCIP certification program and to sign up for the CSCIP training and exam at CARTES 2010, visit the Smart Card Alliance LEAP Web site at 


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