PCI Security Standards Council®

Qualified Integrators & Resellers (QIR)™ Qualification

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.

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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.

Right for you if…

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.

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Course Details

Course Description

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:

  • Overview of PCI DSS
  • Overview of PA-DSS applications, requirements,  and the PA-DSS Implementation Guide
  • Understanding payment industry transactional processes, terminology, players and provider relationships
  • Understanding payment card brand compliance programs
  • Preparing for and performing a Qualified Installation
  • QIR quality assurance expectations

How to Prepare

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

  • PCI Glossary
  • PCI Data Security Standard
  • PA-Data Security Standard
Training and Exam

This is a seven-hour online eLearning course; it offers:

  • Flexible scheduling 24/7/365
  • Ability to study from the comfort of your home or office
  • Reduced travel costs and time away from work

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.

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Upcoming Courses

This is an online training and qualification program. The Qualified Integrators and Resellers eLearning course is available 24/7 to accommodate your schedule.

eLearning Registration Fee

Fee Category
Non PO Fee
Participating Organization Fee
Fee Category: Course & Exam
Non PO Fee: $395 per candidate
Participating Organization Fee: $250 per candidate
Fee Category: Exam Retake Fee
Non PO Fee: $150
Participating Organization Fee: $150
Fee Category: Requalification Course & Exam*
Non PO Fee: $350 per QIR
Participating Organization Fee: $175 per QIR
Please note: Unless otherwise specified, all fees are in US Dollars. All course fees are NON-TRANSFERABLE and NON-REFUNDABLE. Payment is required prior to beginning the course. Course conducted in English. Examination delivered in English.

*Required every 3 years

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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.

Requirements for companies

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.

Requirements for individuals:

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:

  1. Submit QIR registration form
  2. Complete company application (Primary Contact will gain access to the online application on the PCI SSC secure portal only after the QIR registration form has been approved).
  3. Enroll professionals in QIR training (Primary Contact will have the ability to enroll professionals in QIR training through the portal only after the QIR Company application has been approved).
  4. Submit payment (training invoice will be emailed to Primary Contact within 2-3 business days of QIR training request approval).

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.

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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:

  • Abide by the PCI Council’s Code of Professional Responsibility
  • Complete requalification training and pass the examination every three years
  • Pay the required requalification fee
  • Have a minimum of 10 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) hours per year and 30 CPE hours over a rolling three year period
  • Refer to the Maintenance Guide for further information on activities that qualify

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.

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