Freelancer Programs: Eligibility & Benefits

Upwork has three programs that offer qualifying freelancers special advantages. The purpose of each program is a little different:

  • Rising Talent: To help you build your reputation on Upwork more quickly
  • Top RatedTo highlight your impressive reputation on Upwork and help you continue your success
  • PremiumTo provide personalized services that connect you with rewarding projects on Upwork

The tables below show how you can become eligible for these programs and the perks you would gain.


Eligibility Criteria

For a chart of program eligibility and perks for agencies, click here.

Criteria Rising Talent Top Rated Premium
Job Success Score (JSS) No JSS 90%
or higher *
Meets Rising Talent or Top Rated eligibility criteria
Freelancer Type: Independent contractor or non-exclusive agency contractor
Freelancer Profile: 100% complete
Account Status: No Terms of Service violations in the last 3 months
Proposals: Regularly submit proposals to projects relevant to your skill set
Knowledge Check: Passed the Upwork Readiness Test (link in email invitation)
Work History: First contract on Upwork was more than 90 days ago  
Earnings: $1,000 or more in the last 12 months  
Premium Program Application: Interview to be accepted into program    

* Top Rated freelancers must maintain a Job Success Score of at least 90% or have been in Rising Talent status for 13 of the last 16 weeks.

Program Perks

Perks Rising Talent Top Rated Premium
Program badge on Upwork profile Continue to receive Rising Talent and Top Rated perks as you remain in those programs
30 free Connects (one-time bonus)  
Phone, chat, and ticket support from a specialized customer support team
Eligibility to apply for Upwork’s Premium Freelancer Program (available for select skill categories)
Prioritized by Upwork when we recommend freelancers for projects (when freelancer meets the project criteria) Priority High priority Highest priority
Prioritized for promotion in Upwork emails and marketing pages Priority High priority Highest priority
Customized Job Digest emails highlighting top opportunities on Upwork Hand-picked
Personalized profile tips to help effectively market your freelance services Via email Via email Via live consultation
Access to the private Top Rated forum   Continue to receive Rising Talent and Top Rated perks as you remain in those programs
Option to periodically remove one job’s feedback from profile and Job Success score  
Online office hours, and opportunities to attend or host local events in select cities  
Exclusive access to projects through Upwork Pro, Team Builder, and Enterprise    
Dedicated support from talent agents who hand-pick jobs for consideration and showcase your proposals to clients (support available for select Premium freelancers)    

For a chart of program eligibility and perks for agencies, click here.

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