Online smart card training course now available

Mar 6, 2007 2:41 PM

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Smart cards are becoming commonplace around the world, used in financial, healthcare, identity, security, transportation and telecommunications applications. It is important for individuals who provide products and services or who may become users of smart cards in these industries to be grounded in the basic fundamentals of this emerging and evolving technology.

To provide this foundation, the Smart Card Alliance has introduced a new online course, Fundamentals of Smart Card Technology, available at The course has evolved from years of classroom instruction developed by leading industry experts for the Educational Institute operated by the Alliance. It provides a thorough overview of the basic components of smart card technology and the many security and payments applications for which smart cards are used throughout the global marketplace.

"We brought this course online based on the success we've had with our Educational Institute classes held at Alliance or other industry events," says Randy Vanderhoof, executive director of the Smart Card Alliance. "Now, smart card training is accessible from home or office to anyone with a need for knowledge about a broad array of technology and application-oriented topics. And they can gain this knowledge at their own pace in their own time."

The course consists of nine modules and takes approximately six hours to complete. The designers incorporated up-to-date online learning techniques such as scenario-based animations, media-rich diagrams and exercises, simulated practical examples and Knowledge Checkpoints to maximize the learning experience. Users can enter and exit the course at will and always return to the last viewed page. The modules are:

* Module One: Introduction to Smart Card Technology
* Module Two: Smart Card Security
* Module Three: Contactless Smart Card Technology
* Module Four: Access Control Applications
* Module Five: Biometrics
* Module Six: Public Key Infrastructure
* Module Seven: Smart Card Financial Applications
* Module Eight: Card Issuance and Personalization
* Module Nine: Smart Card Implementation
An automated proficiency test is administered at the conclusion of the course and a certificate of completion is generated for everyone achieving a passing grade on the exam. The cost for the online training course is $99 per user. Also, the next in-person smart card training Educational Institute course will be held on April 10, prior to the Smart Cards in Government Conference in Washington, DC. For more information, visit

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