NSI Certification Program


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Welcome to the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Standards Initiative (NSI) Certification Program

The objective of the NSI Certification Program is to encourage and facilitate the adoption and implementation of NSI Best Practices and Technical Standards in lottery industry vendors, retailers, and other lottery industry expert organizations that provide software, hardware, or services to lotteries. The NSI Certification Program provides formal recognition of an organization's conformance to an industry Best Practice or Technical Standard.

The NSI is a collaborative development effort, with participation from the lotteries, gaming vendors, and retail associations in the development of standards, best practices, and certification and verification programs for the lottery industry. The Open Group is working with NASPL to provide the collaborative development infrastructure, to help manage the development processes for the NSI, and to operate the Certification Program for lottery industry vendors and Verification Program for Lotteries.

The NSI Certification Program is a voluntary program and is open to any vendor, retailer, or other lottery industry expert organization that has consistently implemented one or more NSI Best Practices or Technical Standards and meets the documented Conformance Requirements for those Best Practices or Technical Standards. An organization may be certified in multiple areas, provided that it meets the applicable set of Conformance Requirements for each area.

The significant highlights of the certification process are outlined below

  1. The NSI Certification Program is administered on behalf of the NSI by its designated Certification Authority, The Open Group.
  2. Operation of the NSI Certification Program is governed by a documented set of policies that define what can be certified, what it means to be certified, and the process for achieving and maintaining certification.
  3. Certification is valid for a specified period of time, dependent upon the type of business practice or technology. A certified entity is subject to re-certification on a periodic basis.

For a list of organizations that have successfully completed the Certification Program see the register.


Scientific Games International is the first lottery industry vendor to achieve certification in the two areas of Quality Assurance (QA) Best Practices applicable to vendors: Requirements Definition and Development Process.

The NSI QA Best Practices are a set of three best practices addressing Quality Assurance of Product Development in the Lottery Industry. The purpose of this set of best practices is to provide a documented set of quality assurance processes and procedures that will allow lotteries and vendors to follow an approved and repeatable method when defining, developing, and accepting software products for installation at the lottery. Together they provide a set of processes and procedures that address the quality assurance requirements throughout the hardware and/or software production cycle from requirements specification through design, implementation and testing, to acceptance and deployment.

Once certified and if used consistently with all projects, the best practices will become standard methodology and will eliminate re-inventing quality and project management processes with each new product, thus reducing risk, and saving time, resources and money for both lotteries and vendors.

For additional information please contact Andy White at awhite@nasplhq.org or at (440)466-5630


About The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries

The North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) was founded in 1971. Evolving from an informal exchange of information among three pioneering lottery directors, the organization has now grown into an active association of state and provincial lotteries representing 47 lottery organizations throughout North America.

For more information on NASPL please visit the web site at: http://www.naspl.org.

About The Open Group

The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral consortium, which drives the creation of Boundaryless Information Flow ™ that will enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability. The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability, develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia; and to operate the industry’s premier certification service.

Further information on The Open Group can be found at http://www.opengroup.org.


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