You have been introduced to the levels that can be achieved within the PartnerWorld program. Skills attainment is one of the areas through which you earn points toward the Advanced and Premier levels.
The following table identifies all of the key skills, both Sales and Technical, across all key product and solution areas, for which a partner firm receives weighted skill points toward the Advanced or Premier level attainment. The minimum skills requirement must be achieved using only IBM sales and technical skills. Beyond the minimum requirement, any listed non-IBM skills in the table will also count as one additional skill point for the Advanced/Premier level calculation.
The IBM Software section expands to display the Software Value Plus Product Groups with their respective certification requirements.
The following text describes the meaning of the data in the columns of the table.
The "Status" column indicates three levels of status of the skill:
New/Active (or Active) skills
Shown with the "Eligible Skills Name" hyperlinked (to information about the skill on the IBM Certification Program site), this indicates that these are the newest skills, and are available to be taken at Pearson VUE test centers.
Shown with no hyperlink on the name, these skills will qualify for PW skill points (and may qualify for BP programs and brand authorization), but are no longer available to be taken at a test center.
Shown with a date in the "Expiration Date" column, these skills are not available to take, and will no longer count for PW skill points effective on the date listed.
- New/Active (or Active) skills
Multiple versions of a skill are marked in numeric and alphabetic sequence under the "Seq #" column. You will note that the eight digit number in the "PW Skill Code" column have the same first six digits in common, but the last two digits differ. This indicates that these are consecutively newer versions of that skill.
Eligible Skills Name
The name of the skill in this table entry. If it is hyperlinked, then the skill is described on the IBM Certification Program site, and it is currently available to be taken at a Pearson VUE test center. If it is not hyperlinked, then it is no longer available to be taken at a Pearson VUE center.
The "S/T" column shows whether a named skill is a sales ("S") or technical ("T") skill.
This column is for weighted skill points (WSP). This value is the number of skill points earned by holders of this particular skill — either 1, 2 or 3. The number of points earned by a certification/mastery skill for PartnerWorld Program level credit is now weighted based on the level of difficulty to attain the skill: IBM mastery, sales certifications or entry level technical certifications earn 1 point; IBM technical certifications (except entry or advanced/expert) earn 2 points ; IBM expert or advanced technical certification earn 3 points; Selected non-IBM certifications earn 1 point.
If the Status column indicates Expiring, then this is the date on which the skill will no longer count for PartnerWorld skill points. A bolded date signifies that the skills will expire within the next 90 days. Expired skills remain in the table for 60 days after their expiration date, with their date bolded.
PW Skill Code
The "PW Skill Code" consists of two parts, the Skill's root number ("cert #") and the skill's version counter ("Ver"). When you see multiple versions of a skill listed, you will note that their eight digit number in the "PW Skill Code" column have the same first six digits in common, but the last two digits differ — indicating that these are consecutively newer versions of that skill. It is good to remember this numbering convention as the PW Code is used to identify skills in PPS, and in other BP programs, to refer to the skills without using their names.
Understanding Versions of a Skill:
Multiple versions of a skill within the same brand category (e.g., Power Systems) are indicated by two or more skills having the same numeric "Seq #" and first six digits of the "PW Skill Code".
- Seq #: Multiple versions of a skill are marked in numeric and alphabetic sequence under the "Seq #" column. You will note that the eight digit number in the "PW Skill Code" column have the same first six digits in common, but the last two digits differ. This indicates that these are consecutively newer versions of that skill.
- Newest version: The highest letter in the Seq # column, and the highest number in the version counter column ("Ver"), indicates the newest version. You should always take the newest version of a skill as it will continue to count the longest for PartnerWorld skill points (and other BP programs that use this table).
- Exception for Mastery exam skills: The software brands have assigned different versions of their brand sales and technical sales mastery exam skills to different Reseller Authorization groups (usually within that brand). Consequently, the normal Seq # numbering method mentioned above will not work. We have therefore listed all Mastery skills with the Seq # of Ms (sales) or Mt (technical sales). This will be the designator for multiple versions of the same skill (sales Mastery exam skills or technical Mastery exam skills) within that brand.
Counting for PartnerWorld skill points: Even if an individual person holds more than one version of a multi-version skill, only one of the skills will be awarded points in the calculation for the firm's Advanced or Premier level.
Periodically, new skills will be added to this table e.g., certifications for a newly announced product. Once added, they will immediately be used in calculating your firm's points toward a new level. Occasionally, when a new certification is added it may cause an older version of that skill to be removed from the list. If a skill is to be removed at any point, it will be kept in the table with an "expiration date" next to it indicating that it will no longer count toward the firm's Premier/Advanced level after that (expiration) date. This will give you a window (normally of at least 90 days) to recognize the fact and replace that skill with its newer version or with another eligible skill.
In the case of eligible non-IBM certifications, the test vendor does not automatically forward test results to IBM. The Business Partner is therefore required to declare the certification to IBM in the Partner Profiling System (PPS), and then forward to IBM a copy of the Certification Skill Certificate to receive credit in the certification database. For information on how to report these, go to the Certification pages of the PartnerWorld site, and click on the Requirements tab.
Updated on July 16, 2015
New feature to search the Eligible skills table
PW skill code search
Search for ParterWorld skill codes directly by using:
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- Root number. Search for all skill versions of a certification.
|Status||Seq #||Eligible skills name||S/T||WSP||Expiration date||PW skill code|
Updated on July 16, 2015