If a merchant is a Member of SIGIS in good standing (Membership is current and fees are paid) and is a Merchant with a point-of-sale system that utilizes software from a SIGIS Certified Third-Party Servicer (TPS), the merchant can obtain IIAS Certification without technical testing, if your TPS has been certified by SIGIS with the processor / acquirer you use. To initiate IIAS Certification, the Member must complete an online TPS Client Merchant Form.
Three prerequisites are required for a merchant to certify utilizing the TPS Client Merchant Form.
- The Member must be using a POS software solution that has been provided by a certified TPS.
- The Member's version of software provided by the TPS must be certified with the processor / acquirer used by the merchant.
- A Member should contact their POS provider to determine if the TPS software has been certified with the Member’s processor / acquirer.
If one or more of the prerequisites are not in place, the Member must complete IIAS Certification using the Merchant Certification Self-Assessment Form.
To access the online TPS Client Merchant Form, the Member must have a SIGIS Members Area login. If a merchant is a paid Member, but has not yet obtained a login, please follow these steps:
- Go to the SIGIS website.
- Click CONTACT US.
- Click Password Request.
- Enter your email address and your Members Area username and password will be emailed.
Once you have a SIGIS Members Area login, follow these steps to access the TPS Client Merchant Form:
- Click on the Member Login link on the SIGIS website.
- Enter your login information, which will enable you to access the "Certification & 90% Registration Forms" box on the right hand side of the page.
- Click the link, select the TPS Certification Tab to open the online form, and complete the form. A merchant may need assistance from its POS service provider in answering some of the questions.
- Once the TPS Client Merchant Form is completed, click Submit.
The Form will be submitted for review and approval by a merchant’s TPS and Acquirer/processor. The merchant will receive an email confirmation of the submission. If in reviewing the form, the merchant’s TPS finds any errors or omissions, an email will be sent to the Member requesting that the Member correct the TPS Client Merchant Form online, and resubmit the form for review/approval.
If the TPS Client Merchant from is declined for any reason by the TPS or acquirer / processor, an email will be sent to the Member to correct the errors and omissions. The Member will need to make corrections and resubmit the TPS Client Merchant Form. Please allow up to two business days for review by each of these parties.
Once the TPS Client Merchant form is approved by the TPS and acquirer/processor, the Member will receive an email IIAS Certification notification, and on the next business day, the Member's DBAs will be posted on the IIAS Merchant List as Certified.