Transactions Association (ETA) today announced that six leading
payments companies have agreed to take part in and support the Certified
Payments Professional program launched by ETA in February.
Representatives of MasterCard Worldwide, Visa Inc., First Data
Corporation, National Processing Company/Fifth-Third Processing, COCARD
Marketing Group and Merchant Warehouse appeared on stage with ETA CEO
Carla Balakgie during ETA’s Annual Meeting & Expo to announce their
commitment to the certification program.
“It’s gratifying to know that these organizations – all of them leaders
in our industry – have looked at the CPP program and have decided to
support it publicly,” Balakgie said. “They recognize that a successful
certification program will benefit their companies, the industry, and
certainly those who earn the CPP credential.”
Taking part in the announcement were Steve Carnevale, Sr. Vice
President/Group Head Market Development, MasterCard Worldwide, Sameer
Govil, Head of Acceptance Solutions, Visa, Inc., Kim Fitzsimmons, Sr.
Vice President-First Data Services, First Data Corp., Henry Helgeson,
CEO, Merchant Warehouse, Rick Pylant, Chairman and President, COCARD
Marketing Group, and Stephanie Lusher, Sr. Vice President of Sales,
NPC/Fifth Third Processing.
The Certified Payments Professional Program is the payments industry’s
first professional certification program. It is focused on the knowledge
and skills required for those involved in the sales and distribution of
electronic payments-related products and services to merchants and
For more about the program, visit www.electran.org/CPP.
The Electronic Transactions Association is an international trade
association representing more than 500 companies who offer electronic
transaction processing products and services.