Smart card training made easier with an online course

Smart cards are becoming commonplace around the world, used in financial, healthcare, identity, security, transportation and telecommunications applications. As such, it’s 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. 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.

The course consists of nine modules and takes approximately six hours to complete. The designers incorporated industry-leading online learning techniques such as scenario-based animations, media-rich diagrams and exercises, simulated practical examples and Knowledge Checkpoints to maximize the learning experience and make it fun. 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 US$99 per user. Also, the next in-person smart card training Educational Institute course will be held on April 10, 2007 prior to the Smart Cards in Government Conference in Washington, DC.

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