Ways to Participate​

Participation in the PCI Security Standards Council is open globally to those affiliated with the payment card industry, including merchants, banks, processors, hardware and software developers, and point-of-sale vendors.

Collaboration is at the heart of the Council’s mission to help secure payment data globally. Beginning in January 2023, there will be even more opportunity for participation and collaboration. Under this new participation model there are three involvement levels: Principal Participating Organizations (POs), Associate Participating Organizations (POs), and Individual Participants.

Now Available

For organizations that want a seat at the table, a deeper level of collaboration with the Council on key initiatives as well as access to exclusive, Principal Member-only events.

For organizations that want to have regular dialogue with key stakeholders and have the opportunity to provide guidance and expertise on Council initiatives.

For individuals who may not be able to join at the organizational level but would like access to selected Council publications, resources, and other benefits.

Join our growing community and play an active part in helping secure the future of payments.

Participating Organizations Benefits by Level

Application Process

It’s easy to join the PCI Security Standards Council.

STEP 1

Fill out and submit the online application.

STEP 2

Your application will be reviewed once it is received.

STEP 3

Upon your acceptance, you will receive an invoice for the annual membership fee within 2–3 business days. Once is your payment is received; all member benefits will be activated.

Want to learn more about participation opportunities?

Contact us: participation@pcisecuritystandards.org or 781-876-8855, Option 2.

Principal Participating Organization

By joining as a Principal Participating Organization, you will be providing your organization with access to exclusive strategy sessions with the Executive Committee, Council staff, and stakeholders to discuss Standards direction, drive technical discussions, and have direct input into Council initiatives. 

When it comes to the future of securing payment card data globally, you and your organization have an opportunity to be in the driver’s seat.

Associate Participating Organization

By joining as an Associate Participation Organization your organization will have the opportunity to have their voices heard. Associate POs can attend community meetings, receive exclusive Council communications, and have regular dialogue with key stakeholders.

Note: Existing POs who are happy with their current level of participation will automatically transfer to the Associate PO level on 2 January 2023.

Participating Organization Benefits by Level

Membership Benefits Level

Principal

Associate

Influence and Collaborate

Priority access to a seat on the BoA (24 seats exclusively for Principal POs)

Yes

No

Opportunity to stand for election on the Board of Advisors

Yes

Yes

Exclusive, invitations to strategy sessions with the Executive Committee, Council staff, and stakeholders to discuss PCI SSC standards, drive technical discussions, and have direct input into Council initiatives

Yes

No

Ability to participate in Roadmap Roundtable Group

Yes

No

Ability to participate in Technology Guidance Group

Yes

No

Complimentary passes for each global Community Meeting

Five

Two

Opportunity to join Task Forces

Yes

Yes

Opportunity to nominate, elect and participate in SIGs

Yes

Yes

Opportunity to participate in PCI SSC RFC process

Yes

Yes

Expand Knowledge

Complimentary access to PCI SSC events and webinars

Yes

Yes

Access to a wide range of exclusive online resources, including newsletters and portal

Yes

Yes

Complimentary access passes to the Global Content Library

Five

Two

Training

Complimentary PCIP training seat

One

-

Complimentary ISA training seats

Two

-

Complimentary PCI Awareness training seats

Three

Two

Discounts on select trainings

Yes

Yes

Promote

Complimentary monthly Payment Industry Job Board postings

Ten

-

Priority consideration on Call for Speakers at PCI SSC events

Yes

No

Consideration on Call for Speakers at PCI SSC events

No

Yes

Discount on sponsorship and vendor showcase fees

Yes

Yes

Your company logo on the PCI SSC website

Yes

Yes

Company profile on Principal PO website page

Yes

No

Use of "PCI SSC Principal PO" logo for your company website and promotional materials

Yes

No

Use of "PCI SSC Associate PO" logo for your company website and promotional materials

No

Yes

Press release template with quote from Council executive

Yes

Yes

Spotlight blog post featured on PCI Perspectives blog

Yes

No

Company name featured in round-up post featured on PCI Perspectives Blog

No

Yes

Social media promotion

Yes

Yes

*Benefits and discounts subject to change

Principal Participating Organization

By joining as a Principal PO, you will be providing your organization with access to exclusive strategy sessions with the Executive Committee, Council staff, and stakeholders to discuss Standards direction, drive technical discussions, and have direct input into Council initiatives.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Ability to participate in Roadmap Roundtable Group (RRG)
  • Ability to participate in Technology Guidance Group (TGG)
  • Exclusive, Principal Member-only events
  • Priority access to a seat on the Board of Advisors (24 reserved exclusively for Principal POs), providing your company the ability to vote on the approval of new standards and major standard revisions.
  • Five complimentary passes for each global Community Meeting
  • Opportunity to join Task Forces
  • Opportunity to nominate, elect and participate in Special Interest Groups
  • Opportunity to participate in PCI SSC RFC process

  • Complimentary access to stand-alone PCI SSC events and webinars
  • Access to a wide range of exclusive online resources, including newsletters, and portal
  • Five complimentary access passes to the Global Content Library, hundreds of hours of video content from our Global Community Events
  • One complimentary ISA training seat
  • Two complimentary PCIP training seats
  • Five complimentary PCI Awareness training seats
  • 10% discount on additional training

  • Discount to post on PCI SSC job board
  • Priority consideration on Call for Speakers at PCI SSC events
  • 10% discount on sponsorship and vendor showcase fees
  • Company profile on Principal PO website page
  • Your company logo on the PCI SSC website
  • Use of “PCI SSC Principal PO” logo for your company website and promotional materials
  • Press release template with quote from Council executive
  • Spotlight blog post featured on PCI Perspectives blog
  • Social media promotion

Associate Participating Organization

Associate Participating Organizations have the opportunity to have their voices heard about our standards via the Request for Comment (RFC) process. Additionally, Associate Participating Organizations can attend community meetings, receive exclusive Council communications, such as advance review of drafts of standards and supporting materials, and regular dialogue with key stakeholders.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Opportunity to stand for election on the Board of Advisors, a seat on the BoA provides your company the ability to vote on the approval of new standards and major standard revisions
  • Two complimentary passes for each global Community Meeting
  • Opportunity to join Task Forces
  • Opportunity to nominate, elect and participate in Special Interest Groups
  • Opportunity to participate in PCI SSC RFC process

  • Complimentary access to stand-alone PCI SSC events and webinars
  • Access to a wide range of exclusive online resources, including newsletters, and portal
  • Two complimentary access passes to the Global Content Library, hundreds of hours of video content from our Global Community Events
  • Two complimentary PCI Awareness training seats
  • Discounts on additional training

  • Consideration on Call for Speakers at PCI SSC Events
  • Discount on sponsorship and vendor showcase fees
  • Your company logo on the PCI SSC website
  • Use of “PCI SSC Associate PO” logo for your company website and promotional materials
  • Company name featured in round-up post on PCI Perspectives Blog
  • Social media promotion

Existing POs who are happy with their current level of participation will automatically transfer to the Associate PO level on 2 January 2023.

Individual Participant

Individual Participant participation provides individuals who may not be able to join at the organizational level with access to selected Council publications, resources, and other benefits*. This is a great way for individuals who have a strong interest in payment security to gain access to and involvement with the PCI SSC. It also enables the Council to identify key technical experts and invite them to be more actively involved in standards development.

Benefits and Opportunities

  • Potential for invitation of industry expert to participate in Board of Advisors and Technical Advisory Board
  • Potential for invitation of industry expert to participate in a Task Force or Special Interest Groups
  • Discounted ticket for PCI SSC Community Meetings

  • Access to a wide range of exclusive online resources, including newsletters, portals, and online content library
  • 10% training discount on new PCI Professional Training
  • Paid access to other PCI SSC events/webinars/symposiums etc.

*Benefits of being an Individual Participant are for the Individual Participant only—they may not be shared with others, including the Individual Participant’s employer, company, or other organization.

Individual Participant Fees

Fee
New Member Fee $495 USD
Annual Renewal Fee $495 USD

What Participating Organizations are Saying

When developing SmartCheckout, PCI DSS certification was a mandatory requirement. But it ended up being more important than just the product. The maturity level we reached in the process of becoming compliant helped in defining us as a company. Today as a global digital commerce solution, joining PCI Security Standards Council as a Participant Organization presents us with a great opportunity to contribute to the improvement of the standards in parallel with the many great companies who are also part of the program.

Being part of PCI Council facilitates regular exchange of information, greater insights into the upcoming standards and a platform to discuss and deliberate effective controls for card data protection. We look forward to deriving benefits from industry collaboration and actively contributing towards improving data security.

A Participating Organization gains information, access, and feedback that creates knowledge necessary to protect our business.