CardTREX North America

November 15-17

Renaissance Schaumburg, Schaumburg (Chicago), IL

Mark Your Calendar for CardTREX North America

As the card manufacturing industry landscape continues to evolve, organizations need to know how to adapt and grow in a competitive marketplace. Card manufacturers have an ongoing commitment to improve their productivity, performance, delivery, quality, compliance, environmental footprint and customer satisfaction. Understanding the unique solutions other manufacturers develop to universal challenges has never been more important. CardTREX North America brings together the “who’s who” of card manufacturing executives, cutting-edge technology providers and supplier partners for the International Card Manufacturers Association’s premier North American event. The one-and-a-half-day conference, which offers networking opportunities and educational presentations on trends specific to the North American region, is open to ICMA members and non-members. However, ICMA members receive significant discounts.

CardTREX North America will take place from November 15-17 at the Renaissance Schaumburg in Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois. Reserve your place today! Book now!

Schedule at a Glance 

  • Tuesday, November 15 – Arrivals
  • Wednesday, November 16 – Full day of meetings and evening networking dinner
  • Thursday, November 17 – Half day of meetings, conclude at 11:30am

See ACE section below for trainings and exam schedule.

CardTREX events are open to ICMA members and non members, however ICMA members receive significant discounts. Non members are encouraged to attend to see what ICMA events have to offer. See the Registration area to see related fees.

Yes! We are offering ACE-M (Manufacturing), ACE-P (Personalization) and ACE-A (Advanced Technologies) training and exams at CardTREX North America only. See the ACE section for more information.

Cardtrex North America 2022 schedule

Day 2
Day 3
08:00 - 09:00
Breakfast/ Networking Zone Opens
08:00 - 09:00
Breakfast/ Networking Zone Opens
Breakfast/ Networking Zone Opens
09:00 - 09:15
Opening Remarks
09:15 - 10:00
09:15 - 10:00
10:00 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:45
Speed Share

Table top exhibitors briefly present, then groups rotate from exhibitor to exhibitor

11:45 - 12:00
Break/Networking Zone Open
12:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 13:45

ICMA’s Transact session is an open roundtable discussion with all of the meetings attendees. Join us for an engaging, interactive session.

13:45 - 14:30
14:30 - 15:00
Break/ Networking Zone Open
15:00 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:30
16:30 - 17:00
Networking Reception
17:00 - 18:00
Break/ Check Email
Networking Dinner
08:00 - 08:30
Breakfast/ Networking Zone Opens
08:30 - 09:15
10:00 - 10:30
Break/Networking Zone Open
10:30 - 11:15
Final Session
Select date to see events.

Become an Exhibitor

Again this year, we will be doing a Speed Share Session where you’ll be showcasing your best product to all attendees in a quick presentation about your product at your exhibit, to be voted on by all attendees! Once you are signed up as an Exhibitor, we will fill you in on all of the details.

2022 Exhibitors Include:


Join us at the Renaissance Schaumburg in Schaumburg (Chicago), IL

  • Rate: $189
  • Reserve by October 24

*CardTREX Attendees and Exhibitors:

ICMA Attendees and Exhibitors: Beware of solicitation from unauthorized hotels and housing agencies. Attendees and exhibitors may be subjected to inappropriate solicitation identifying themselves from hotels or third-party housing agencies not affiliated with ICMA. Specifically, they will offer to make hotel reservations within the Association’s room block on your behalf, and some will also mis-represent that they are calling from the host hotel. ICMA is not utilizing the services of any housing service for CardTREX events. Reservations for ICMA should be made directly with the hotel through the web link or phone number listed on this website.


Advance Your Career and Your Company’s Reputation with an ACE Designation

(ACE training and exams are available to ICMA members only.)

There’s a lot of competition in the card manufacturing and personalization/fulfillment industry, but the ACE-M (Manufacturing), ACE-P (Personalization), and ACE-A (Advanced Technologies) designations will set you apart. It’s awarded to people with a broad and detailed knowledge of the industry who successfully complete a rigorous exam. As the demand for experts grows, continual training and expertise are crucial for individuals – and companies – to stay ahead of the pack.

ICMA Standards Representative, David Tushie, guides you through your questions about the ACE exams and the manuals they are based upon. Through this intensive card training, ACE enrollees have the opportunity to participate in an interactive session to learn the best way to prepare and feel ready for the exam. David will go into details of the manual to ensure you are familiar with the wide variety of subject matters covered.

To sign up, the cost is $75 for the application, $275 for the exam and $295 for the training, please click this link and apply for the ACE program as a first step. Once your ACE application is approved, you can register for an exam, then the training seminar through the exam registration process.

  • ICMA CardTREX North America Trainings:
    • Monday 2:00-5:00pm, Part 1 of ICMA ACE-A: Advanced Technologies Training Session
    • Tuesday, 8:00-11:00am, Part 2 of ICMA ACE-A: Advanced Technologies Training Session
    • Tuesday 1:00-6:00pm, ICMA ACE-M: Manufacturing Training Session
    • Thursday, 8:00am-12:00pm, ICMA ACE-P: Personalization Training Session
  • ICMA CardTREX North America Exams:
    • Thursday, 12:00-3:00pm Exam for all three

Countdown to CardTREX North America NOVEMBER 15-17 / Schaumburg (Chicago), IL

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Register for this event


  • Member Early Rate (by 26, October): $575 USD
  • Non-member Early Rate (by 26, October): $695 USD
  • Member Regular Rate (after 26, October): $595 USD
  • Non-member Regular Rate (after 26, October): $725 USD
  • Member Onsite Rate: $645 USD
  • Non-member Onsite Rate: $750 USD

Stay connected with CardTrex & ICMA

Experience. Learn. Connect.

ICMA is the leading provider of education and networking in the card manufacturing industry. CardTREX North America continued with the tradition of providing leading card industry education and networking in Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois. ICMA’s CardTREX event is designed for technical and card production staff who are looking to elevate and empower themselves and their company through a unique learning experience.

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