Today marks a big milestone for the Xero partner program. Xero partner status level information is being updated to show the new points-based system and there’s only a few days remaining before the enhanced partner program goes live.
All partners will be transitioning to the new global system on Monday, December 5th, so now is an ideal time to get familiar with how it works. Here’s a low-down on the new thresholds, how the points are allocated, and other important factors, such as the new Xero Champion status & Partner Points Monthly Statement.
Earn points with every client
Pioneered in Australia, the points system provides new ways for partners earn points through Xero Business and Partner edition plans and subscriptions. Here is a snapshot of the number of points allocated for the Business Edition and Partner Edition plans.
For New Zealand and the UK – where Xero Payroll is a separate billing item
For Australia, United States and all other countries
Once the program improvements go live, you’ll receive points when your clients invite you into their Xero subscription as an advisor and they pay the subscription, or when you pay the subscription. We’ve also added new ways to earn points through Xero Cashbook, Xero Payroll, Xero Premium edition and Xero Ledger.
New point thresholds to achieve partner status
From today, all Xero partners will be notified of their new Xero partner status under the new points system. If you haven’t already received an email for your practice, you can expect it in your inbox soon.
For some partners, the move will mean an immediate increase in status – especially those with a number of Business Edition Xero clients. We’ll be working with partners to ensure the move is positive and create a plan for those who want to achieve greater status and growth.
New partner monthly status update
One example of the information and support available to partners is the new monthly partner points summary statement.
The monthly update shows your partner status, number of points, certifications, distinctions and partner benefits. Your main Xero contact (principal or practice administrator) will automatically receive a statement in the first week of every month which summarises the points calculated from the month prior.
Update on Xero Champion criteria
In September, we announced that Xero Champion qualification would require two Xero-certified staff members for Bronze and three for Silver, Gold and Platinum. After working with partners in every region on what qualifies partners for the level-up demonstration of Xero knowledge, we are going to adjust this criteria and include two additional certifications.
The new criteria will be as follows:
- For partners with only one team member — these partners can meet the Xero champion requirement by completing and holding two Xero certifications
- For partners with only two team members — the practice can meet the Xero champion requirement by earning three Xero certifications and with both team members Xero certified
- Partners with three or more team members — no change to what is required to qualify.
The two additional certifications will include: (1) Xero Payroll, and (2) Xero Client Setup/Implementation. Our education colleagues are building the content and certification in collaboration with partners, and will continue to refine this work.
When these certifications are released, the revised Xero Champion criteria will become effective. In the meantime, the criteria for Xero champion status will remain as two Certified staff for Bronze and three for Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Keep an eye out for more information
We will update you have an update on timings for these new certifications early next year.
In the meantime, check out the updated Xero partner status level information and keep an eye out for the email outlining your practice details.
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