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Membership levels

Member level

Member level requires minimal commitment - simply complete the online registration form and accept the PartnerWorld agreement. There is no charge to join. In return, IBM provides support covering a broad portfolio of IBM products and technologies.

Member-level Business Partners are recognized and rewarded with access to a comprehensive set of benefits and resources including:

  • Marketing and campaign support
  • Technical support and porting assistance
  • Training discounts and reimbursements
  • IBM Global Financing for your deals and your business

Detailed qualification criteria

Qualification for membership levels is based on your company's attainment according to the points table. Points are earned by demonstrating skills through certifications and verified solutions, driving IBM revenue, submitting client references and achieving customer satisfaction.


  • PartnerWorld membership level across a Worldwide enterprise

    Although PartnerWorld membership leveling is achieved at the country enterprise level, Business Partners with subsidiaries* in multiple countries can carry a higher membership level than attained in any one country based on a higher membership level attained by another country enterprise. To take advantage of this functionality, your company's country enterprise records must be grouped under a common Worldwide enterprise record. Contact PartnerWorld if you need assistance with your Worldwide enterprise. The rules for sharing membership levels across a Worldwide enterprise are slightly different for Advanced and Premier level.

    For Advanced level, if at least one country enterprise has achieved Advanced level, all country enterprises associated with the Worldwide enterprise will receive Advanced level status. The Advanced level will be retained across the Worldwide enterprise until one of the country enterprises makes Premier, at which time the Premier rules would apply, or until the achieved level of all country enterprises drops to Member level.

    For Premier level, if at least one country enterprise has achieved Premier level, all country enterprises associated with the Worldwide enterprise will receive Advanced level status, at a minimum. Any country enterprise associated with this Worldwide enterprise who meets the minimum skills required for Premier level, even though they haven't met the other requirements, will receive Premier level. The Premier levels will be retained until:

    1. the country enterprise that met the Premier criteria drops, at which time all the country enterprises will drop to Advanced or Member depending on the drop for the country enterprise which carried the Premier level, or
    2. the country enterprise(s) with minimum Premier skills no longer meets the minimum skill requirement.

    *To qualify as a subsidiary in this context, the Business Partner parent/ headquarters must have greater than 50% ownership in each of the subsidiaries.

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