The Qualified Integrators & Resellers course provides an opportunity for eligible professionals of qualifying organizations to receive training and qualification on the secure installation of Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS)-validated payment applications into merchant environments in a manner that facilitates PCI Data Security Standard compliance.
Numerous breach investigations have shown that incorrect installation and/or maintenance of payment applications creates opportunities for merchant networks to be compromised. Integrators and resellers play a key role in the payments ecosystem, as merchants depend on these service providers to install, configure, and/or maintain their validated applications. This program outlines guiding principles and procedures for the secure installation and maintenance of validated payment applications in a manner that supports PCI DSS compliance.
You’re an integrator or reseller that sells, installs, and/or services PA-DSS validated payment applications on behalf of software vendors or others. The course will also benefit payment application software developers. Typical job titles include: Software Integrator, Reseller, Implementer, Installer, Technician, Developer, or Engineer.
“As a result of the knowledge gained in the QIR training course, I can better address our customers’ needs, which translates into benefits such as trusted partnerships, long-term working relationships, and increased referrals for the company.”
“The training is a great way for our payment system integration specialists to increase their understanding of both PCI DSS and PA-DSS.”
Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIR) serve an important role in the payments and information technology value chain by supporting their client’s ability to achieve and maintain PCI DSS compliance.
QIR customers are able to obtain a higher level of assurance that their payment application is installed, configured and supported by knowledgeable professionals that are well-versed in both vendor installation guidance and are PCI SSC certified.
Course elements include:
Candidates should familiarize themselves with background information regarding the PCI Standards and supporting documents by reviewing materials found in the document library on the PCI SSC website. Please read and understand the following documents before taking the QIR training and exam
This is a seven-hour online eLearning course; it offers:
Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an email with credentials to access the eLearning course, followed by a separate email containing an authorization number and instructions on how to schedule your exam at a local Pearson VUE Testing Center. You will have a total of 90 days (from the day you receive the training link) to complete the course and exam.
Taking the exam - Upon completion of the eLearning curriculum, the student will take the qualification exam at one of over 4,000 Pearson VUE Testing Centers (PVTC) worldwide. The student will receive an authorization code to be redeemed in Pearson VUE’s online registration system, allowing him/her to select the location and time where he/she will take the exam at their local PVTC. This provides individuals in any country an opportunity to train for and take the exam at their convenience and at a location close to home or work.
Once a QIR candidate has passed the exam, the company and qualified employees will be listed on the PCI website as a go-to resource for merchants.View List of Testing Centers
Refer to the QIR Qualification Requirements to determine your eligibility and confirm that both you and your organization have the necessary background, skills, and prerequisites to apply for this program.
Must be a direct provider of a PA-DSS validated application or an independent third-party licensed or authorized by the PA-DSS validated application vendor to resell or integrate the payment application.
Must maintain at least one qualified employee in the program in order to be listed as a Qualified Integrator & Reseller company on the PCI website.
Work experience in payment applications, system hardening, or network security and demonstrated work experience related to payment industry.
Candidates should have experience installing and configuring applications – preferably payment applications – equal to at least one year or three separate engagements.
*Please refer to Appendix B of the QIR Qualification Requirements for a complete list of company and individual requirements.
QIR training candidates must be sponsored by their employer.
If your company is already a QIR sponsor, please coordinate with your Primary Contact to submit a training request through the PCI portal.
If your company is not already a QIR sponsor, please refer to the QIR Qualification Requirements for a complete program description and requirements, and to confirm that both you and your organization are well suited for the program. Then follow the steps below:
The fees for the training will be based on whether or not your company is a PCI Council Participating Organization. Learn more about becoming a Participating Organization.
In order to maintain the high standards set for this qualification, all QIR employees must re-qualify every three years in order to continue to maintain their status as a Qualified Integrator or Reseller for their company and be listed on the PCI website. Please note that requalification training will be held in an eLearning format.
Requalification is based on payment of appropriate fees, successful completion of requalification training course and exam, and feedback from the QIR customers, from PCI SSC, and from payment brand participants.
To maintain active qualification status, QIRs must:
All training inquiries and requests must be submitted through the QIR sponsor company's primary contact. Primary Contacts will submit training requests via the QIR Portal. PCI SSC requires all QIR trainees to be full-time employees of the company that sponsors their QIR training. Once certified, if a QIR professional leaves their sponsoring company, they must complete new certification sponsored by their new employer.
This is an online training and qualification program. The Qualified Integrators and Resellers eLearning course is available 24/7 to accommodate your schedule.