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How can I qualify?

The PPAI Industry Directory is reserved for qualified industry professionals and not open to end buyers or consumers of promotional products.  Congratulations on taking this important first step towards being a recognized professional in the promotional products industry. 

Prior to your official listing as a PPAI Associate in the PPAI Industry Directory, we require that certain qualification be met.  To start the process, please register here to complete and provide your qualification information to PPAI for verification of your industry credentials.    PPAI will confirm via email once your PPAI Associate account has been activated. 

Should the Membership Services Department require additional information, we will contact you within 24 business hours to resolve.  Should you have any questions about your submission or wish to inquire about full membership with PPAI, you can reach Membership Services at 888-426-7724 or at membership@ppai.org.

Qualification Requirements

PPAI has affiliations with companies in the industry who can validate your company as a qualified industry professional and expedite the validation process.  Please provide proof of the affiliation with any of the following auto qualifiers:

  • PPAI Membership 
  • SAGE 
  • Regional Affiliation 
  • AIA Franchisee 
  • Proforma 
  • Press-A-Print 
  • iPromoteU

Or you may qualify through one of the following Regional Associations: 

AZPPA, CAAMP, CASA, CPPA, GAPPP, GCPPA, HPPA, MiPPA, NEPPA, NWPMA, OPPA, PAPPA, PMANC, PPAChicago, PPAF, PPAM, PPAMS, PPAS, PPAW, RMRPPA, SAAC, SAAGNY, SPPA, TRASA, TSPPA, UMAPP, VAPPA

If you can’t meet the auto-qualifications listed above, you can provide any three of the following documents to activate your PPAI Associate account.

Distributors - meet three of the following:

  • 3 Invoices/purchase orders $100 min. w/in 12 mos., no samples
  • Sponsored by 1-3 Member Companies
  • Website – Promotional product focus
  • ASI or Dist. Central Proof
  • 3 Months in the industry
  • $15,000 Annual Sales Volume                               

Suppliers

  • Either provide 1-3 purchase orders from at least three different promotional product distributors, or, be sponsored by at least three members of PPAI. Sponsorships must be in writing on the member company letterhead.
  • Be in the promotional products industry for at least six months.
  • Have a promotional products annual sales volume of at least $50,000.

Supplier Reps/Multiline Reps

  • Must represent at least one supplier who has a UPIC.
  • Provide a letter of recommendation from the supplier on the supplier's letterhead.

Business Services

  • Three purchase orders from at least three different promotional product distributors or suppliers, or be sponsored by at least three members of PPAI. Sponsorships must be in writing on the member company letterhead.
  • Be in the promotional products industry for at least six months.

You may also email the documents to ppaiassociate@ppai.org, or FAX them to 972-258-3007.   The verification process typically takes no more than 24 hours, however, if required documents are missing the verification will take longer.

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