Smart Card Alliance Adds New Smart Card Certification for Government Identity and Security Professionals

Smart Card Alliance Adds New Smart Card Certification for Government Identity and Security Professionals

Princeton Junction, N.J., May 5, 2010–The Smart Card Alliance today announced an additional smart card certification program for government identity and security professionals, the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional/Government (CSCIP/G) designation. The Alliance also announced its first two CSCIP/G exams, which will be held on June 29th and November 19th, 2010 in Washington, DC.

“The use of smart card technology has become a mainstay in the U.S. federal government, securing identities in programs like the FIPS 201 PIV card for all government employees, the DoD’s Common Access Card, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential and the First Responder Authentication Credential,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. “We recognized that there is a pressing need for more detailed training about the government smart card market than the present CSCIP program provided. In response, we developed this intensive curriculum to train government professionals, contractors and security industry experts on the role of smart cards in future rollouts of the government standards for identity management and security technology.”

Part of the Alliance’s Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP), CSCIP/G is an extension of the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) designation. The body of industry knowledge covered by the CSCIP/G certification includes the same fundamentals as the CSCIP certification, and adds in-depth content about U.S. government identity credentialing programs and technologies.

Leading smart card industry professionals have developed the series of educational modules forming the CSCIP/G certification body of knowledge. These educational modules prepare applicants for the CSCIP/G exam administered by the Smart Card Alliance. The CSCIP/G certification exam will cover:

  • Smart card fundamentals
  • Smart card security features
  • Smart card application and data management
  • Smart card usage models
  • FIPS 201 and common identity, security and privacy requirements
  • PIV card, physical attributes, data elements, logical credentials and cryptographic specifications
  • PIV card issuance and lifecycle
  • FIPS 201 and biometrics
  • Assurance levels
  • Use cases for physical and logical access
  • Federal PKI infrastructure

Information about the CSCIP/G training materials is now available on the Smart Card Alliance Web site. Instructor-led training courses will be held in Washington, DC on June 28th and November 16th prior to the CSCIP/G exams on June 29th and November 19th. For more information, visit the Smart Card Alliance LEAP Web site at /activities-leap.

Also coming up for the Alliance: The Smart Card Alliance 2010 Annual Conference will address “Smart Cards in Action,” focusing on the issuers and users of smart card technology in payments, security and mobile markets. The conference will be held May 17th through the 20th at the Camelback Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona.

About LEAP

LEAP is an individual membership option offered by the Smart Card Alliance open to all individual professionals working in the smart card industry in the United States and worldwide, regardless of whether their organization is a current member of the Smart Card Alliance. LEAP members have access to the following members-only benefits: the LEAP Web site containing a comprehensive library of educational materials such as Smart Card Alliance reports, white papers, videotaped workshops, past webinars recordings and conference presentations; a social networking site to meet and share information with other LEAP members; private webinars and briefings on relevant industry topics; special networking receptions; and discounts to events and services.


LEAP members can apply to be accepted into the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional (CSCIP) certification program. The program provides experienced smart card industry professionals a path to be accredited as a Certified Smart Card Industry Professional. The Smart Card Alliance has developed a comprehensive body of knowledge on smart card technology and applications that will prepare accepted candidates for the CSCIP Exam. The program is administered and reviewed annually for relevance and updates by the Smart Card Alliance Professional Development Committee, comprised of Leadership Council-level members and board members of the Smart Card Alliance Board of Directors.

Membership information and fees for LEAP and CSCIP are found at /activities-leap. For more information, contact the Smart Card Alliance at 1-800-556-6828 or email the LEAP administrator at

About the Smart Card Alliance

The Smart Card Alliance is a not-for-profit, multi-industry association working to stimulate the understanding, adoption, use and widespread application of smart card technology.

Through specific projects such as education programs, market research, advocacy, industry relations and open forums, the Alliance keeps its members connected to industry leaders and innovative thought. The Alliance is the single industry voice for smart cards, leading industry discussion on the impact and value of smart cards in the U.S. and Latin America. For more information please visit