Why Join?

ICMA, the leading global card association, provides member benefits in the following key areas: Education, Training and Networking, including:

Annual Card Manufacturing & Personalization EXPO is the world’s only manufacturing-focused global card conference and exhibition. ICMA members receive substantial discounts to attend or exhibit. Visited by people from more than 40 countries worldwide, the EXPO is an international forum for leading card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers, issuers and other card industry representatives. Join us for our 2023 EXPO occurring May 15-18 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, USA.

CardTREX North America and CardTREX Europe each focus on regional challenges and opportunities as well as highlight the latest trends, technologies and innovations for their region. Typically the conferences include a Networking Zone for supplier members to display information, a Speed Share session for Networking Zone exhibitors, a networking dinner for all attendees and member facility tours are offered as applicable. Stay tuned for information regarding 2023 CardTREX events.

ICMA Connect was our first virtual conference. The team brought many of the benefits of our live events… virtually with a dynamic, interactive experience including educational sessions, virtual tradeshow, roundtable discussions and even the Elan Awards presentation.

Other ICMA Resources

By becoming a member, you have access to top industry facts and figures on the members-only site through our magazine, newsletters, special reports, webinars and training programs.

ICMA Standards Reports: Provided by David Tushie, ICMA Standards Representative. Free for members to download in our online store; non-members must join to access these reports.

Subscriptions to Card Manufacturing Magazine: Global publication printed six times a year with an interactive digital edition. ICMA members receive advertising discounts and the magazine is archived back to 1998. Inside ICMA: A members-only monthly e-newsletter with association and ISO/ANSI standards updates. ICMA InBrief: a weekly e-newsletter for members featuring member and card industry news, current events and information.

Extensive Web-based Resources: Article archives, webinar and presentation archives, performance metrics and more.

Technical Standards Representation and Reports: Representation by David Tushie in ISO and ANSI standards organizations with members-only reports on activities and direct access to David for questions about standards activities and technical or production issues.

Social Media: A members-only group and public informational page, both on LinkedIn. Follow ICMA on Twitter @ICMATweets and find us on Facebook  and YouTube for the latest updates and videos.

ACE Program

ICMA’s Advanced Card Education (ACE) Training & Recognition Program: Open to members only, recognizes advanced knowledge in the field of card manufacturing and personalization. In-depth training seminars for ACE exams are also available at some ICMA events. 

In 2020, ICMA launched a virtual live training program, ACE-Commercial, which provides sales, marketing, customer service and other key personnel at your company the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of card manufacturing as well as typical customer questions and challenges. Elevate your marketing team with ACE-Commercial!


Webinars/Webcasts featuring industry leaders or experts, recorded and linked on the Webinar Archive web page for ICMA members only.

Training Programs

Training portal for members to access the CITE program, webinar archives, standards reports, member tutorials, an issuer training webinar and ACE accreditation, at their convenience.

Card Industry Training & Education Program (CITE) provides a basic understanding of the history, scope and technologies involved in the international plastic card industry. Free to ICMA members, with a recognition level available for a nominal fee.

Card Basics for Card Issuers – a tutorial on the manufacturing and personalization of cards.

Member Recognition/Exposure

Lead-generation on ICMA’s website, where issuers are referred to members when they inquire about card manufacturers. 

Élan Awards for Card Manufacturing Excellence: Industry-wide publicity opportunities through the only awards in the industry to recognize card design and development, as well as supplier and personalization innovation.

Free publicity for member news briefs, with preferred placement in ICMA’s Card Manufacturing magazine and ICMA InBrief.

Online Association Directory: ICMA provides a public search feature on its website, enabling third-party users to search by card manufacturer, personalizer and major supplier product categories. The Directory has become the most visited page, after the homepage, on ICMA.com – outstanding visibility for your company!

Link to your company website from ICMA, a top website on Google searches for “card manufacturer” and “card manufacturing.”

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