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IBM requires IBM Systems and Technology Group Business Partners in North America to maintain a minimum number of sales and technical certifications on selected IBM products in support of each of the firm's IBM Business Partner relationships. Click here to review the details on the announcement letters, program guidelines and reporting process. All new Business Partners (or existing Business Partners adding new products from IBM or a distributor) are required to meet these certification requirements throughout their contract period and no later than three months from their contract and/or product start date. Note: IBM Business Partner authorization will be validated at the Business Partner firm level, not at the IBM Business Partner Agreement level.

Business Partner certifications must be earned and retained by Full Time Resource of the Business Partner

Business Partner certifications must be earned and retained by Full-time Resource of the Business Partner organization. "Full-time Resource" means a Business Partner employee, or an independent contractor, consultant or agent who has been and will continue to be working in support of the Business Partner's business activities for a minimum of 32 hours per week.

When reporting or viewing firm certification status via the link below, you will be leaving this Web page and accessing the IBM PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS). An IBM ID and password is required to report your employees candidate ID and view certifications achieved by the employees of your firm. The processes below for reporting certifications are done via the Update Profile section of PPS.

Note: Business Partners who want to understand the key skills, both sales and technical for which to achieve Premier and Advanced level attainment should refer to the PartnerWorld Skills eligibility table.

Listed below are the platform certifications which count towards NA contract compliance. It includes both withdrawn and active certifications that still count towards contract compliance. It is always advisable to take the latest and most current certifications from the list below.


IBM product certification requirements

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Business Partner product authorization category name ¹ Products within category Category certification requirements
Category P1 PowerLinux
• 7R1, 7R2, 7R4
• S812L, S822L

PureSystems
• Compute Nodes for Power Linux
• None
Category P2 Power Systems – Scale Out
• PS704, PS700
• P710, P720, P730, P740
• S814, S822, S824

PureSystems
• Compute Nodes for Power i / AIX
1 Power Sales Certification OR 1 PureFlex Sales Certification
1 Power Scale Out Technical Certification OR 1 Power Technical Certification OR 1 PureFlex Technical Certification
Category P3 Power Systems – Enterprise
• P750, P760, P770, P780, P795, ESE
1 Power Sales Certification
1 Power Technical Certification
Business Partner product authorization category name ¹ Products within category Category certification requirements
Category S1 Disk
• DCS3700, DCS3860
• EXP2500

FlashSystem

SAN

Storwize
• V3500 (Greater China only)
• V3700

Tape
• TS1050
• TS1120 - TS1130
• TS2240, TS2250, TS2260
• TS2340, TS2350, TS2360
• TS2900
• TS3100, TS3200, TS3310
• TS3500
• TS7620
• None
Category S2 Storwize
• V5000, V7000

SVC

VSC
1 Midrange Storage Technical Certification OR 1 Storwize Technical Certification OR 1 Enterprise Storage Technical Certification
Category S3 Disk
• DS8000
• EFS Advanced Function
• Storage System Information Archive Disk Controller

Tape
• TS7650
• TS7700

XIV

SONAS
2 Enterprise Storage Technical Certifications

Note 1 - All approved Business Partners will be authorised for both Power System Category 1 and Storage Category 1. Business Partners authorised for any Power or Storage category which requires certifications will automatically be authorised for all Power and Storage categories which do not require certifications.


IBM product certification details

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Certification description ¹ PartnerWorld certification code Test numbers ¹ Expiry date ³
Midrange Storage Technical Certification
IBM Certified Specialist - Midrange Storage Technical Support V3

23003203

C4090-451

Storwize Technical Certification
IBM Certified Specialist - Storwize V7000 Technical Solutions V2

23003602

C4090-452

Enterprise Storage Sales Certification
IBM Certified Specialist - Enterprise Storage Sales V3

23001112

C4090-959

Enterprise Storage Technical Certification
IBM Certified Specialist - Enterprise Storage Technical Support V3

23003303

C4090-958

Certification description ¹ PartnerWorld certification code Test numbers ¹ Expiry date ³
Power Sales Certification – select from
• IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX
– v1
• IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX
& Linux – v2
• IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i
– v1
• IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i
– v2 • IBM Certified Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8 – v1

03005907


03005908


04010111


04010112


03005909













C4040-250
31st July 2015

31st July 2015

31st July 2015

31st July 2015

PureFlex Sales Certification – select from
• IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Systems Sales V1
• IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Systems Sales V2

56000101
56000102



31st July 2015
31st July 2015
Power Scale out Technical Certification
IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8
Scale-out V1

03006701

C4040-251

Power Technical Certification – select from
• IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX - v1
• IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and AIX & Linux -v2
• IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i - v1
• IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER7 and IBM i -v2
IBM Certified Technical Sales Specialist - Power Systems with POWER8 Enterprise V1

03006104

03006105

04008402

04008403

03006801









C4040-251 + C4040-252

31st July 2015
31st July 2015
31st July 2015
31st July 2015

PureFlex Technical Certification – select from
• IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Technical Support V1
• IBM Certified Specialist - PureFlex Technical Support V2

56000201

56000202



31st July 2015
31st July 2015

Note 1 - Where a hyperlink and test numbers are not provided for a certification that certification can no longer be achieved, but if the certification was previously achieved then it still counts towards compliance until its expiry date if set.
Note 2 - A certification will no longer be accepted towards compliance after its expiry date. You will need to recertify with a newer certification before the expiry date to avoid de-authorisation.


IBM System z

The minimum requirement for System z approved firms in the US or Canada is 1 Sales and 1 Technical certification from the list provided below.

Sales

IBM Certified Specialist: System z Sales V6
This certification can be achieved by taking the following test:
IBM System z Sales V6

Technical

IBM Certified Specialist: System z Technical V5
This certification can be achieved by taking the following test:
IBM System z Technical V5



  1. Refer to the IBM Professional Certification Program Web site for current test information.
  2. Business Partners approved to market category products S2 and S3, will have three (3) months from each category approval start date to achieve and report in PPS the applicable certification requirements by category.
  3. Business Partners not meeting and reporting the certification requirements in PPS by their applicable deadline, will have their approval to market the affected products withdrawn upon written notice from IBM. The applicable and required certifications must be achieved and reported in PPS at the time of reapplication.
  4. For additional information, Business Partners should contact their IBM Channel Representative, IBM Distributor, or IBM PartnerWorld Contact Services at 1-800-426-9990, option 4.
  5. Additional details can be found in the Channel Communication Letter CC1502-040 New Business Partner Authorization Categories for IBM Power Systems and IBM Storage Systems dated February 20, 2015.
  6. One person may hold the Midrange, Storwize, and Enterprise Technical certifications.
  7. A person's certifications are to be reported only once in PPS.