LEAP/CSCIP Quarterly Newsletter – Q1-2014

Welcome to the Bulletin

Welcome to the first issue of 2014 of the LEAP/CSCIP Members News, a quarterly publication for members of the Smart Card Alliance Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) and CSCIP recipients. LEAP is an online, members-only organization for smart card professionals that advances education and professional development, and manages the CSICP exam program. We encourage you to visit the LEAP and CSCIP 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.

CSCIP Reaches Milestone

By the end of 2013, the Smart Card Alliance had awarded certifications to more than 200 executives globally since the CSCIP program’s inception in 2009. In mid-2012, the CSCIP/Payments credential was added to the existing CSICP and CSCIP/Government designations. Regardless of the specific credential, all CSCIP certifications require proficiency in a broad range of industry knowledge. It’s widely accepted that the CSCIP certification has become the benchmark for executives in a competitive market where up-to-date knowledge and experience are crucial. We encourage you to remain engaged and utilize your industry knowledge and applications experience to further your professional development.

The Class of 2013 – CSCIP/Payments

Congratulations to the 19 individuals who received their CSCIP/P credential in 2013; by passing the exam, these individuals not only demonstrated proficiency in a broad range of industry knowledge, but also familiarity of EMV and EMV migration, mobile and NFC payments, and smart card use in card and account-based transit payment systems.

  • Tim ‘t Hart, Kyushu University
  • Christine Abruzzi, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Manual Alberts, Euro Tech Sales, LLC
  • Bisirat Amanuel, Gemalto
  • Ravi Bajal, MasterCard
  • Brett Chemaly, Discover Financial Services, LLC
  • Manish Deliwala, American Express
  • Carlos Alberto Duque Vasquez
  • Dave Kaminsky, Mercator Advisory Group
  • Emmett McDonnell, Glenshesk Solutions Inc.
  • Tony McGee, CPI Card Group
  • Venugopala Narayanappa Medahalli, Computer Science Corp (CSC)
  • Ross Murdoch, Gemalto
  • Keith Paulson, Cirque Corporation
  • George Peabody, Glenbrook Partners LLC
  • Peter (Qingwu) Song, Ingenico Canada Ltd
  • Phillip Taylor, TSYS
  • Robert Thompson, CIBC
  • Irene C. Villaverder-Aquino, Credit Union Central of Canada


Certification Trainer Spotlight: Brett Chemalay
Manager – Global Chip Products, Discover Financial Services

Brett is one of a handful of professional certification trainers for the Smart Card Alliance, where he conducts day-long training and exam preparation classes prior to the administration of the CSCIP exam. Brett recently joined Discover Financial Services where he currently focuses on Debit related matters affecting the US Payments Industry. Prior to joining Discover, he was employed within MasterCard’s Emerging Payments team based in Toronto- Canada where he was responsible for managing and consulting on MasterCard’s chip programs on both sides of the border. Prior to his tenure in Canada, Brett spent 8 years with the MasterCard Chip Centre of Excellence based in London and Belgium where he consulted extensively across Europe and the Middle East to both issuing and acquiring institutions. Brett is a native of South Africa, holding a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Rhodes University.

2014 Training and Exam Dates

The 2014 CSCIP Training and Exam Preparation Course Schedule is now online; check out the upcoming dates and locations for future prep courses and exams today and set up a reminder in your calendar to register.

Corporate Program

A reduced group rate cost for the LEAP/CSCIP professional development and smart card training program and exam is available for organizations who enroll 10 or more individuals. An organized, comprehensive training course and exam will be conducted at your corporate location. Partner with another company to reach the minimum number of participants. To arrange training dates or learn more, contact Randy Vanderhoof.

Promote Your Certification

If you have a CSCIP designation, be sure to promote your certification in your signature in all of your email and hard copy correspondence, as well as on business cards and letterhead. If you need a copy of a specific logo credential, please email Shelbey Votapek to request one.

See Who Is Certified

You can view the complete list of CSCIP, CSCIP/G and CSCIP/P members by clicking here. Sort the list by name, company name, or date of certification.

Log-In Information

Are you a LEAP member or CSCIP certified and can’t remember your password to log in to the members-only section of our website? (Hint: your user name is your email address.) If you can’t locate it, please email Nicole Lauzon for assistance.