At Upwork, we’re always looking for ways to help you connect with the right clients and projects. Our Expert-Vetted program helps identify and promote top-level talent.

Only the top 1% of talent on Upwork qualifies for Expert-Vetted talent status, and only those in select categories are eligible. These users have gone through a thorough pre-screening process that evaluates technical expertise and soft skills.

How to earn an Expert-Vetted badge

Become Expert-Vetted

Only freelancers and agencies who work in these categories can become Expert-Vetted:

  • Web, Mobile, and Software Development
  • Design and Creative
  • Sales and Marketing

Expert-Vetted is available by invitation only. Once invited, you’ll be given a series of individual tests (when applicable) and interviews. This pre-screening process makes sure you have the expertise and the professionalism needed to be successful as an Expert-Vetted user.

The pre-screening process includes:

  • Hard skill analysis with professional Talent Managers to ensure the highest technical competence
  • Testing to check expertise in your domain
  • Soft skill assessments, including reliability and communication skills
  • Personal interview


Vetting processes vary by skill category.

Benefits of becoming Expert-Vetted

When you earn Expert-Vetted status, you’ll get to enjoy the following benefits:

  • A dedicated Talent Manager who understands your strengths and helps match them to the right clients
  • Opportunities to partner with high-impact Marketplace, Enterprise, and Talent Scout clients, including Fortune 500 companies
  • Reduced fees starting at 10% for Featured Jobs
  • A badge that displays your Expert-Vetted status on your profile and proposals to Upwork Enterprise and Business clients

Expert-Vetted badge

Learn more about Expert-Vetted Talent here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become Expert-Vetted?

This badge is invitation-only, meaning we will reach out to you if you qualify. After being invited, you’ll go through an intense pre-screening process that tests your abilities and professionalism to make sure you have what it takes to be successful as an Expert-Vetted freelancer or agency.

What are the benefits of being Expert-Vetted?

When you’re Expert-Vetted, you’ll work with a dedicated Talent Manager to help you find the right clients, Opportunities to partner with high-impact clients, reduced fees, and a badge that displays your Expert-Vetted status. This is the highest level of badge you can receive as a freelancer or agency on Upwork!

How does this work for agencies?

Most often, we’ll invite agency owner(s) to become Expert-Vetted. If they are a good fit, we’ll badge the entire agency profile.

What categories qualify for the badge?

Right now, the badge is available in three categories: Web, Mobile, and Software Development, Design and Creative, and Sales and Marketing. We limit the badge to specific categories based on the extensive pre-screening and testing needed to qualify. We hope to expand to more categories soon!

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