PCI Security Standards Council®

Qualified Integrators & Resellers (QIR)® Qualification

Numerous breach investigations have shown that poor installation and maintenance of payment systems are a leading cause of payment data breaches. The Qualified Integrators & Resellers course provides guidelines, training and qualification on the most critical control areas related to the installation of payment systems into merchant environments in a manner that improves payment data security and reduces merchant risk.


  • Receive specialized training on critical security controls
  • Achieve one-year renewable industry-recognized qualification
  • Be listed in merchants’ go-to global directory of qualified providers on the PCI SSC website
  • Stand apart from other service providers (payment brands may require merchants to use a trained QIR)

Registration Process

Step 1 - Review & Register

Refer to the QIR Qualification Requirements for complete program description and requirements and to confirm that you are well suited for the program. Then complete the short registration form online.

Step 2 - Apply

Once we review your registration, we will supply you with log-in credentials to complete your online application through PCI SSC’s secure portal.

Applicants will be notified via email of their application status within 3 days of submitting their fully completed application. Following the approval of an application, a training invoice will be emailed within 2-3 business days.

Course Details

Qualified Integrators and Resellers (QIRs) serve an important role in the payments and information technology value chain. QIRs help their merchant customers improve payment data security and reduce risk by implementing the critical security controls to mitigate the most common causes of payment data breaches.

Training Overview

This self-paced eLearning course offers:

  • Flexible scheduling 24/7/365
  • Access from home or office
  • Reduced travel costs and time away from work

The course takes approximately one and a half to two (1.5-2) hours and concludes with a 30-question multiple-choice exam.

Pass/Fail results are provided immediately following the conclusion of the exam. Candidates that fail the exam will be allowed two more attempts to pass the exam without being charged an additional fee. Candidates have 60 days to complete the coursework, beginning on the date payment is received. A candidate that passes the exam will receive a QIR certificate and will be listed on the PCI SSC website as an active QIR Professional.

Requalification will be required every year to maintain listing on the website.

Note: QIR Professionals are expected to adhere to the PCI Council’s Code of Professional Responsibility.

How To Prepare

Candidates should familiarize themselves with background information regarding the PCI Standards and supporting documents. These materials are available for access and download in the PCI Document Library on the PCI SSC website. Please read and understand the following documents before taking the QIR course.

QIR Program Guide

QIR Qualification Requirements

QIR Implementation Statement

QIR Implementation Instructions

PCI Glossary

PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)

Payment Application-Data Security Standard (PA-DSS)

Prices – PCI eLearning

QIR Program
QIR eLearning Training and Exam
- Includes access to training content and up to three exam attempts. Also includes first year of qualification, account maintenance and listing.
$100 USD
QIR Requalification Fee
- Assessed annually (includes training and one exam attempt).
$100 USD
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.

Requalification Requirements

In order to maintain the high standards set for this qualification, all QIR employees must requalify every year in order to maintain their status as a QIR Professional and be listed on the PCI website. Requalification is based on payment of the QIR requalification course fee and successful and timely completion of the online requalification exam.

Requalification Process

The Council emails courtesy reminders starting 90 days in advance of a candidate’s qualification expiry date. To complete the requalification process, candidates must enroll in the QIR requalification course via the PCI Portal. Registration must be completed prior to a candidate’s qualification expiry date and a passing score on the exam must be achieved no later than 14 days after the expiry date. See our Requalification Policy for details.

  • Once a candidate has submitted their registration for requalification training, an invoice will be emailed to them within three (3) business days.
  • Once a candidate has successfully passed the exam, a new certificate will be emailed to them, and they will be listed on the PCI website as a Qualified Integrator and Reseller for another 12 months.

Right for you?

You’re an integrator or reseller that sells, installs, and/or services payment systems
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
  • Engineer

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