Lars Suneborn has joined the Smart Card Alliance as the director of training programs. In this role Suneborn will lead and expand education, training and certification initiatives on smart card technology for the alliance.
Suneborn brings more than 30 years of smart card industry experience to the role. In his new position, he will manage, plan, promote and deliver the Smart Card Alliance training and certification programs – the Certified Smart Card Industry Professional and the newly announced Certified System Engineer ICAM PACS Training and Certification Program. These programs fall under the Alliance’s education and training organization that develops the skills of smart card-related industry professionals who are interested in continuously improving their knowledge and professional proficiency in the industry.
CSCIP is the smart card industry’s standardized certification program that recognizes professionals who possess advanced levels of smart card industry knowledge and experience. The program started in 2008 and has experienced great success here in the U.S. and internationally, certifying 175 professionals. The Smart Card Alliance recently expanded its training and certification programs by adding CSEIP, which was created for integration engineers implementing ICAM standards-based E-PACS1. The CSEIP program provides advanced training on how to set up and test E-PACS to align with federal government-wide physical access control system specifications.
Prior to this role, Suneborn spent 28 years with HIRSCH-Identiv, holding leadership roles including national training manager and director, where he gained experience in developing and constructing customized, agency-specific training courses as well as “train-the-trainer” activities. Suneborn is actively involved in industry groups developing open standards for smart card and related system components.
“We are excited to welcome Lars Suneborn to the Smart Card Alliance in this official capacity. For many years, he has been committed to the work of the Smart Card Alliance, volunteering his time to lead our Access Control Council and its many valuable projects. This dedication to the smart card industry and his extensive industry experience make Lars the ideal person to take charge of and expand our smart card technology training programs and make training and certification available to a wider range of industry professionals,” said Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance.