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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

The EXPO is the world's only manufacturing-focused global card conference and exhibition. ICMA members recieve substantial discounts to attend or exhibit. Visited by people from more than 40 countries worldwide, the EXPO is an internaltional forum for leading card manufacturers, personalizers, suppliers, issuers and other card industry representatives. Save the date for our 2024 EXPO occuring May 13 - 16 at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando, Flordia, USA.


Focuses 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.


Be Part of the Future, Not the Past

Now that your company has learned more about the world’s largest global card association, you can apply to join ICMA using the form below.

Select Your Membership

This submission form does not formally qualify you for membership. Membership is subject to approval by the ICMA. Once approved, your company will be invoiced and dues payment must be received before application processing is complete. If you have any questions please contact ICMA Headquarters at

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 the ICMA member portal; 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.

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!

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 – outstanding visibility for your company!

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