PCI Acquirer Training

Payment Card Industry (PCI) Acquirer Training is for acquirers and processors who wish to have a deeper understanding of the PCI DSS in order to better assist their merchant clients in their security and compliance efforts.


  • Gain confidence and understanding on completing merchant assessment reports
  • Apply PCI DSS security principles to your clients’ specific situations
  • Earn continuing education credits

Course Highlights

The eight training modules cover all of the relevant information about PCI DSS and related programs. Starting with a basic introduction to the rationale of the standards, the course then delves into key definitions and the knowledge needed to understand the PCI DSS requirements. The roles and responsibilities specific to acquirers, the acquirer checklist and acquirer feedback are outlined in detail. Brand compliance programs are reviewed, including information on merchant levels, reporting requirements, and where different questions should be directed.

This course is delivered via eLearning from your home or office. At the end of the course you’ll receive a letter of completion, acknowledging the tools you, as an acquirer, have gained to help your merchants build a more secure payments environment.

Areas covered by the course include:

  • Introduction to PCI DSS
  • Working with payment card data
  • Compliance roles and responsibilities
  • Payment brand compliance programs
  • PCI DSS requirements
  • PCI DSS assessment process (RoCs, SAQs, AoCs)
  • Business-as-Usual and Supporting Documents
  • Acquirer case studies

Upon completing PCI Acquirer Training, you’ll:

  • Be able to work confidently with merchants on their journey toward PCI DSS compliance
  • Receive a certificate of completion indicating that you have completed the course
  • Have a solid foundation to proceed to other PCI qualification courses, if you choose

This course is available in the following formats:

  • eLearning, available 24/7
  • Hosted one-day Corporate Group Training class held at your chosen location.

Right for You?

You work with merchants fielding questions about their PCI DSS program, or if you are responsible for determining whether to accept a Report on Compliance (ROC) or Self-Assessment Questionnaire (SAQ) from a merchant. PCI Acquirer Training is geared specifically to acquirers who don’t perform assessments themselves, but need to understand the compliance process for their merchant clients. Any acquirer can benefit – no previous PCI knowledge is required.


Course Price

PCI Acquirer Training (eLearning only)  Non-PO

$1,800 USD

PCI Acquirer Training (eLearning only)  PO

$1,200 USD

Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars.

Payment is required prior to beginning the course. Course conducted in English.


If you have a group to train, please consider our Corporate Group Training instructor-led option, where an expert PCI instructor comes to your facility (or any location you choose) to deliver the course. We offer volume discounts – the more you train, the more you save!

Training Information

New Training Offerings:

  • eLearning: A 6-hour self-paced computer-based training (CBT). You will have 90 days from the receipt of payment to complete all components of the training. You may go in and out of the course as much as needed during the 90 days.
  • 6 CPE hours are earned.


There are no registration prerequisite requirements. There is no exam or certification associated with this course.

To help you prepare for the course, we encourage you to review two publications from the Document Library on the PCI Council website:

  • PCI Glossary
  • PCI Data Security Standard

You’re just a few simple steps away from building your knowledge of PCI DSS to help your merchants in their PCI compliance efforts.