The Smart Card Alliance launched a GSA-approved training and certification program for the engineers implementing ICAM standards-based physical access control systems.
The “Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS” training and certification program will be available for systems engineers to receive training on how to set-up and test E-PACS to align with government specifications. Commercial organizations looking to bid on GSA acquisitions for access control systems will be required, under new contracting terms to be announced this fiscal year, to have certified engineers.
The Alliance has established a classroom curriculum and hands-on training, to teach engineers best practices for set-up and testing E-PACS. Once launched, the program will provide:
- A three-day program including two days of instructed training and review, and one day for a written and hands-on practical exam
- Qualified instructors who have been certified by the Smart Card Alliance
- A set of course materials addressing how E-PACS work, how PKI is managed within the system and how the PIV/PIV-I credentials interface with the security system
- Hands-on training using E-PACS listed on the GSA Approved Products List to provide real-world set up, test and configuration of PIV/PIV-I access control features within the security system
- An online directory of certified E-PACS engineers that can be used by federal contracting agents to verify if commercial organizations meet the minimum requirements to be a bidder or be awarded a contract
The new training and certification center is an expansion to the Smart Card Alliance’s CSCIP/Government (CSCIP/G) training and certification programs which concentrate on smart cards for government identity and access control. Certification through these programs demonstrate that individuals have advanced knowledge of smart card technology and applications, and it sets individuals apart as industry experts able to compete on a global scale.