Now that the Electronic Transactions Association has been administering the Certified Payments Professional credential for a full year, ISOs and agents could start facing more pressure to obtain the certification, according to an acquiring industry veteran.

"This may be the year where if you’re not a CPP, merchants are going to start questioning if you’re the real deal," Steve Eazell, director of third-party sales and marketing for San Diego-based payment processor Secure Payments Systems Inc., said in a reference to 2013.

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