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January 23, 2012 • Issue 12:01:02

Trade Association News

ETA CPP test results revealed

#dcf_Test results from the Electronic Transactions Association's first Certified Payments Professional (CPP) examination are in, and they are posted at www.electran.org/cpp. Thomas Goldsmith, ETA Director of Communications and Public Relations, confirmed 221 applicants took the exam and approximately 81 percent passed - about what was expected by the testing professionals hired by the ETA.

The ETA is reviewing the testing and preparing to administer its second CPP exam in May 2012. The application deadline for the May testing is April 1, 2012. The tests are given at testing centers around the country.

Goldsmith said the CPP credential certifies that an individual has the knowledge and skills needed in today's complex electronic payments industry. Test applicants are asked to demonstrate their knowledge of sales, pricing and interchange; business processes, operations and work flow; products and solutions; and risk, regulatory compliance and security.

Next, the ETA will launch its first ever CPP promotion to retailers. "We have hired a public relations firm to reach out to merchants with the intention of keeping certified payment professionals at the forefront of the retailers' attention," Goldman said. "Retailers will be able to verify the salesperson they are talking with is a CPP, or they will be able to find one in their area who is."

ETA board updates

#dcf_ETA members elected three new board members and reelected two current members, according to the organization's interim Chief Executive Officer, Pamela Furneaux. Chuck Harris, President of NetSpend Corp., Mike Passilla, President and CEO of Elavon Inc., and Chris Hylen, General Manager and Vice President for Intuit Inc., were elected to their first two-year term on the ETA's board. Gregory Cohen, President of Moneris Solutions, and Jeff Rosenblatt, President of EVO Merchant Services, were each reelected to an additional two-year term.

Eddie Myers, President and Chief Operating Officer of Payment Processing Inc., ascended from the role of President-elect to ETA President as of Jan. 1, 2012. And the ETA board elected the following officers: Roy Banks, CEO, Accelerated Payment Technologies, as President-elect for 2012; Kim Fitzsimmons, Senior Vice President, First Data Services, Treasurer; and Debra Rossi, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank, Secretary. Rick Pylant, Chairman and CEO, Strategic Payment Systems Inc., remains on the board as immediate past President.

EastPay conference speakers

#dcf_EastPay, which represents 800 financial institutions and businesses in the southeastern United States, selected the keynote speakers for its Information Interchange 2012 conference to be held Feb. 26 to 28, 2012, at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, Fla.

This year's conference will focus on the latest developments in electronic payments. Keynote speakers are Jan Estep, President and CEO of NACHA - The Electronic Payments Association; Cheryl Venable, Senior Vice President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; and Rich Oliver, former Executive Vice President and Director of the Retail Payments Risk Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. For registration or more information, please go to www.informationinterchange.org. end of article

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