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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.

Reporting and viewing IBM Certifications and Mastery Exams

The Authorized Profile Administrator (APA) at each Business Partner firm is responsible for reporting certification achievement on behalf of firm employees into the IBM PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS). The reporting process requires 2 key steps:

Please follow the 2 step process below:

  1. Reporting IBM Certifications and Mastery Exams in PPS
    • Link to the PPS system and sign on
    • Select Update your profile
    • Select Update your company profile
    • Select the location profile where the employee resides
    • Select employee information which is found on the left navigation
    • Add an employee or select the employee to update
    • Add a Candidate ID
    • Enter the Candidate ID supplied on the candidates test score report
    • Save/Exit and retain the confirmation number for reference.
  2. Assigning the employee candidate to the firm agreement
    • Sign in to PPS and select the Enterprise Profile
    • Select 'Agreements' from left side menu options
    • Select 'Manage Contract Compliance'
    • Select the ‘Company name'.
    • Select 'Certification Compliance report'.
    • Select Assign employee to contracts for the chosen contract. The employee is to be assigned to one location.
    • Select the 'employee' and then select the radio button for Sales or Technical.
    • Select the Submit button at bottom of screen.

Note: To accurately track required certifications to maintain product approval, candidates and certifications are to be reported/assigned to only one location. This is to be the physical location where the employee resides. IBM will track any announced unique certification requirements.

Please refer to the PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) Certification and/or Mastery Exam help section for this procedure and additional reporting hints and tips.

Reporting Non-IBM certifications

The APA or the employee may also report Non-IBM certifications. To do this, you will again need to update the employee profile which contains entry capability for Non-IBM certifications. Login to the PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) where you can view and update your company's information. One or more Non-IBM certifications may be entered at a time.
Each Non-IBM certification will require documentation to be mailed to IBM in order to verify achievement.

To report your Non-IBM certifications, open your employee profile and follow this procedure:

  1. From your Employee information, scroll down to Non-IBM Certifications and click the box to add or view Non-IBM certifications.
  2. In the new window that opens, select the Non-IBM Certification(s) that you want to report via the pull-down list.
  3. Save/exit and retain the confirmation number for future reference.

Please refer to the attachment below to send proof/evidence of the achieved Non-IBM certification.

Employee movement

The Authorized Profile Administrator (APA) at each Business Partner firm must report Employee Movement to IBM via the IBM PartnerWorld Profiling System (PPS) in the Employee Profile Employee End Date Field within 30 days of the employee leaving the firm. The APA can access this field through the employee's profile. The only step to complete is to enter the Employment End Date.

When a Business Partner notifies IBM via the PPS Employee Movement Reporting Function that a certified employee has left and the firm no longer meets the certification requirement, the firm qualifies for a three month grace period for both (VAE) and (Platform Certification) in order to meet the certification requirement by achieving and reporting the required certifications.

If the Business Partner fails to notify IBM within 30 days of the employees last workday that the certified employee has left their firm, leaving the firm without certification in a product area, the Business Partner forfeits the grace period. When IBM discovers that a certified employee has left the firm without prior notification from the firm, IBM will under normal circumstances notify the firm via a "Notice of Deauthorization" letter, however IBM reserves the right to terminate with notice the Business Partner's approval to sell the affected IBM products.