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The primary benefits are industry education, networking and industry access. ICMA achieves this through a wide range of member services and benefits; including publications, exhibit and attendee discounts to the annual EXPO, CardTREX Regional Events, Industry/Member News emails, standards representation, training and education, public relations exposure, an online member directory, free copies of the Global Market and Personalization Statistics Reports and many more. Click here for a complete menu of services.
ICMA's membership is for companies, and therefore the benefits can be used by all employees of your company.
However, your membership will only apply to your particular office location, and any other branch location must join separately. There is a Branch Membership available for a reduced fee as long as one location of your company maintains a full membership.
ICMA members come from more than 40 countries worldwide, representing every continent and market region in the world.
ICMA does not manufacture cards. ICMA does provide access to its membership of card manufacturers, personalizers and industry suppliers throughout the world. See our Member List.
Education on the manufacturing of cards can be obtained via the CardTREX Regional Events and our EXPO, as well as the articles in ICMA's magazine, Card Manufacturing. Additionally, a comprehensive Study Guide is available for those taking the ACE exams, however you must sign up to take the exam to get the study guide.
ICMA has added training webinars for members wanting to learn more about the different aspects of card manufacturing. ICMA's Card Industry Training & Education (CITE) Program gives individuals — whether new to the industry, or who have limited exposure to the full breadth of the industry — a basic understanding of the history, scope and technologies involved in the global plastic card industry, including sections on general card manufacturing, personalization and applications technology. An issuer training webinar is also available. Card Basics for Card Issuers is a training video for card issuers — a tutorial on the manufacturing and personalization of cards to support an issuer’s knowledge base for card procurement.
I am a supplier, and I would like to know what ICMA offers me via showcasing my products to manufacturers and personalizers.
ICMA offers many access routes to industry suppliers. The ICMA official magazine, Card Manufacturing, accepts articles, product releases and advertising. Published six times a year, this magazine is an excellent venue to reach manufacturers and personalizers. Furthermore, the annual ICMA Card Manufacturing & Personalization EXPO offers attractive exhibit rates (and discounted rates for members) at the industry's only card manufacturing-exclusive show. In 2016 and 2017, ICMA co-located the EXPO with the Smart Card Alliance (SCA) Payments Summit. The 2018 EXPO will again be co-located with Secure Technology Alliance (formerly SCA) Payments Summit and for the first time the U.S. Payments Forum All Members Meeting on March 26-29, 2018 at the Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate in Florida.
ICMA offers its member companies a Job Board page on its website and also posts resumés for those seeking industry employment. You can look for these listings and contact the company or resumé-holder directly.
ICMA does not accept any advertisements for used equipment and does not offer classified advertising in its publications.
ICMA publishes important card manufacturing unit and market information as well as personalization and fulfillment information in its annual Card Manufacturing Global Market and Personalization Statistics Reports, and maintains a statistics section on the member's only website. There is also a glossary of industry terms on the ICMA web site. ICMA continually researches the industry and provides frequent updates in its magazine as well.
I need to find out how ISO standards will impact my production methods. Who can I contact at ICMA for information?
ICMA maintains standards representation on ISO and ANSI committees and working groups via an official representative, who frequently reports on breaking news via the ICMA e-newsletter Inside ICMA and Card Manufacturing magazine. Click here for more information on this benefit.