To help you shine in the eyes of prospective clients, we created badges for freelancers. We designed these badges to highlight your proven talent and expertise.

Rising Talent


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When you are new to Upwork, the Rising Talent badge will let clients know you are among the best new freelancers in the Upwork marketplace.

To become a Rising Talent, you must have great potential based on a strong background in your field(s) and early success with your Upwork clients. Agencies can also earn a Rising Talent badge, showing that they either have strong backgrounds in their industries or were started by Top Rated freelancers.

This badge is one of the ways that we help freelancers and agencies who are new to our platform establish themselves on Upwork.

Criteria

To be eligible for the Rising Talent Badge, you must:

  • Have a 100% complete profile with accurate skills and genuine work
  • Keep your availability status updated
  • Have positive performance on Upwork, including submitting high-quality proposals, being selected for jobs, and completing jobs as promised
  • Follow the Upwork Terms of Service
  • Have a JSS of at least 90%, if you've earned a JSS (you don't have to have a JSS to receive a Rising Talent badge)
Benefits
  • A Rising Talent badge that displays on your profile and projects
  • A one-time bonus of 30 free Connects to help you grow your business
  • Ability to offer consultations to share expertise with clients

Once you have enough work history on Upwork, we will add a Job Success Score (JSS), which can also help communicate your potential to clients.

Learn more about earning a Rising Talent here.

Top Rated


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You can earn a Top Rated badge if you have built a strong reputation on Upwork by getting positive feedback from your clients, time after time. If you become Top Rated, you will represent the top 10% of talent on Upwork.

We update eligibility every two weeks to be sure to recognize the most current outstanding members of our marketplace. We know competition can be strong, so this is our way of giving a leg up to talent who impress their clients.

Learn more about becoming Top Rated here.

Criteria

To qualify for the Top Rated badge as a freelancer, you must have:

  • A current Job Success Score of 90% or higher
  • Had your first project on Upwork more than 90 days ago
  • Maintained Rising Talent status or a Job Success Score of at least 90% for at least 13 of the last 16 weeks
  • A 100% complete profile (90% for those who brought their profiles over from Elance)
  • Earned at least $1,000 USD in the past 12 months
  • Up-to-date availability (if unavailable now, set a date estimate)
  • An account in good standing with no recent account holds
  • Activity on the platform (proposal, accepted invitation, or earnings) in the past 90 days

Benefits
  • A Top Rated badge that displays on your profile and projects to all clients
  • More control over your Job Success Score with feedback removal option
  • Invitations to submit proposals to jobs assisted by Talent Specialists
  • Our Job Digest email to make it easier for you to find jobs that are a great match
  • Faster payments on hourly contracts
  • Ability to offer consultations to share expertise with clients

Top Rated Plus


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To earn a Top Rated Plus badge, you must display proven success on large or long-term contracts. You will have built a strong reputation on Upwork by getting positive feedback time after time, including work on high-value contracts. If you become Top Rated Plus, you will represent the top 3% of performers on Upwork. You worked hard to get here, so we want to help you show it off.

Learn more about becoming Top Rated Plus here.

Criteria

To qualify for the Top Rated Plus badge as a freelancer, you must have:

  • Demonstrated consistent high-quality work with multiple clients
  • An outstanding Job Success Score (at least 90%) and maintained Top Rated status
  • An up-to-date and complete freelancer or agency profile
  • Accurately listed your current availability for new jobs
  • An account in good standing with no recent account holds
  • Total earnings over $10,000 in the past 12 months
  • Worked or be working on one or more large contracts in the past 12 months without negative outcomes
Benefits
  • A Top Rated Plus badge on your profile and projects
  • More control over your Job Success Score with feedback removal option
  • Invitations to submit proposals to jobs assisted by Talent Specialists
  • Our Job Digest email to make it easier for you to find jobs that are a great match
  • Faster payments on hourly contracts
  • Ability to offer consultations to share expertise with clients

Expert-Vetted


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To earn an Expert-Vetted badge, you must be invited and go through an interview process and screening with our Talent Managers. If you become Expert-Vetted, you will represent the top 1% of talent on Upwork. If you're here, you're among the elite on Upwork, and we want to let prospective clients know it.

Learn more about becoming Expert-Vetted here.

Criteria

To qualify for the Expert-Vetted badge, you must:

  • Possess exceptional expertise in your field
  • Pass a screening process by Talent Managers
  • Possess strong soft skills including excellent communication
Benefits
  • Be identified as the top 1% of talent on Upwork
  • An Expert-Vetted badge on your profile that displays to Upwork Enterprise clients
  • A dedicated Talent Manager who understands your strengths and helps optimize your profile and coach you through proven Upwork strategies
  • Opportunities to partner with Enterprise clients, including Fortune 500 companies
  • A badge that displays your Expert-Vetted status on your profile and proposals to Upwork Enterprise clients
  • Ability to offer consultations to share expertise with clients

Eligibility


Upwork's Talent Badges highlight proven or expert talent on Upwork. Learn more below about the criteria for freelancers and non-exclusive agency members.

Note:

Agencies have different criteria to qualify for Upwork's Talent Badges. Find more details about each badge in the links at the top of the chart.

Criteria Rising Talent Top Rated Top Rated Plus Expert-Vetted Talent

Job Success Score (JSS)

Not required

90%
or higher *

90%
or higher *

Not required

Required Expert screening 

 

 

 

✓ 

100% complete Freelancer Profile

✓ 

 

Comply with Upwork Terms of Service

✓ 

✓ 

First contract on Upwork was more than 90 days ago

 

 

12-month earnings of at least $1,000

 

✓ 

 

12-month earnings of at least $10,000

 

 

 

* To receive and keep Top Rated status, you must have a Job Success Score of at least 90% (or have been in Rising Talent status) for 13 of the last 16 weeks.

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