The first round of testing ended Nov. 30 for the acquiring industry’s new Certified Payments Professional credential, and at least one candidate found the exam “appropriately difficult.”

An experienced sales agent who cares about the industry and does his homework should be able to pass it, says Michael Gavin, vice president of third party sales for Merchant Warehouse Inc., a Boston-based ISO. “But it’s not something where you pay your money, show up and you pass it,” he says.

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