Huh? Ok, you probably have no idea what this means. So let me explain below.
Translation: As a Point of Sale Vendor, we completed the necessary training & qualifications set in place by the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Council to securely install payment applications in merchants environments. (your restaurant)
We want to take EVER step possible to ensure that we “dot our i’s and cross our t’s” when it comes to security & credit cards.
Data Breaches are NOT going away, wouldn’t you want to partner with a VENDOR that takes this seriously?
Organizations qualified by PCI SSC as Qualified Integrator and Reseller Companies (QIR Companies)
are authorized to implement, configure and/or support PA-DSS validated Payment Applications on behalf
of merchants or service providers for purposes of performing Qualified Installations as part of the QIR
Program. The quality, reliability and consistency of a QIR Company’s work provide confidence that the
Payment Application has been implemented in a manner that supports the Customer’s PCI DSS
All QIR Companies are identified on the QIR List in accordance with the QIR Agreement. If a company is
not on the QIR List, it is not recognized as a QIR Company by PCI SSC. All companies and individuals
seeking to qualify as QIR Companies or QIR Employees must satisfy initial qualification requirements and
requalify with PCI SSC every three years, as detailed further in this document.
QIR Program Background
PCI SSC operates the Payment Application Data Security Standards (PA-DSS) program. The
program promotes the development and implementation of secure commercial payment
applications that do not store prohibited data, and helps to ensure that payment applications
support compliance with the PCI DSS.
Organizations qualified by PCI SSC to implement, configure and/or support PA-DSS validated
Payment Applications on behalf of merchants and service providers are referred to as “Qualified
Integrator and Reseller Companies” or “QIR Companies.” The quality, reliability and consistency
of a QIR Company’s work provide confidence that the application has been implemented in a
manner that supports the customer’s PCI DSS compliance.
QIR Program Roles and Responsibilities
The QIR Program simplifies the process for identifying and engaging integrators and resellers
qualified to assist merchants and industry participants in their effort to install PA-DSS validated
payment applications in a manner that facilitates PCI DSS compliance.
A QIR Company may be any form of legal entity and must comply with all QIR Company
Only companies that are qualified by PCI SSC and are in “Good Standing” (or in Remediation) as
QIR Companies are permitted to perform Qualified Installations. All QIR Companies are listed on
the QIR List.