EMV VAR Qualification Program

Payments Industry Moves To Speed Chip Card Acceptance

ICC Solutions Ltd Contributes to Development of Educational and Pre-Qualification Process for Resellers and Software Vendors.


ICC Solutions Ltd, a leading provider of qualified EMV test tools and services, played an integral role in creating the U.S. EMV VAR Qualification Program. The program combines a chip education component and an accreditation program. This is to streamline and simplify the testing and certification process for Value Added Resellers (VARs) and also Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).

Through a coordinated industry-wide effort with the Payments Security Task Force, PCI Security Standards Council, EMV Migration Forum, VARs and ISVs will be better equipped with integrated chip cards. Since October 1st 2015, the liability shift has been scheduled to go into effect by major U.S. payment networks.

Dave Maisey, CEO at ICC Solutions Ltd, commented: “This initiative is fantastic news for the industry! It was our privilege to contribute our extensive knowledge and experience to this program, gained whilst supporting other markets successfully migrate to EMV. As part of this program, we are well positioned to offer education and pre-qualification services to VARs and ISVs facilitating more efficient formal certifications and consequently faster deployment of EMV chip terminals in the U.S. market.”


The optional U.S. EMV VAR Qualification Program consists of these key components:

An educational curriculum that provides a clear explanation of how to implement chip cards in the U.S. electronic payments marketplace.

A list of service providers independently accredited by the major payment networks to provide chip card consulting and expertise.

A pre-qualification process run by the accredited service providers to help VARs and ISVs begin the implementation and testing process before they work with acquirers to achieve final certification.


ICC Solutions participate in the development of the program and recognize the pre-qualification status, providing fast track certification for VARs and ISVs that have demonstrated in the execution of solid chip card solutions.