The Smart Card Alliance announced the creation of its Leadership, Education and Advancement Program (LEAP) for individuals interested in continuously improving their knowledge and professional proficiency in the industry.
LEAP membership is open to all professionals working in the smart card industry in the U.S. and worldwide, regardless of whether their organization is a current member of the Smart Card Alliance.
Starting in 2009, LEAP members also have the option to earn a Certified Smart Card Industry Professional designation. CSCIP is a standardized certification program available to all LEAP participants that recognizes industry professionals that have advanced levels of knowledge and experience, and have passed a multi-part exam developed by leading smart card industry experts.
LEAP members have access to the following members-only benefits: the LEAP Web site containing a library of educational materials such as Smart Card Alliance reports, white papers, research, past Webinars 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.
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.