Expert-Vetted Talent. It’s your time to shine.

Stand out as part of Upwork's top 1% of global independent talent and get exclusive opportunities that match your unique skill set.

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When you’re at the top of your field, you deserve to get noticed

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Let clients see your Expert-Vetted Talent badge, so they know you're in the top 1% of independent pros.

Partner with Enterprise and Talent Scout™ clients, including Fortune 500 companies.

Get a dedicated Talent Manager who can help optimize your profile and coach you through Upwork strategies.

Access exclusive opportunities with clients you want to work with.

Build connections with other Expert-Vetted Talent members and join a tight-knit community.

How it works

We’ll send you an invitation to start the pre-vetting process, which evaluates technical expertise and soft skills. When you earn Expert-Vetted Talent status, you can stand out and partner with exclusive clients to take your freelance business to the next level.

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Look out for an invite

We’ll send you a message with next steps on how to get started with the Expert-Vetted process.

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Interview with a Talent Manager

They’ll become your primary point of contact and connect your profile to our broader network.

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Show your badge and get to work

Stand out to Enterprise clients with your new badge and scale your freelance business or agency in a sustainable way.

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Meet some of our members

Ross J. Team Member

“Expert-Vetted has allowed me to network with a lot more of the Upwork team, which has helped our efficiency, it’s helped us understand tools more, understand processes and how we can improve.”

Ross J.

Digital Marketer, United Kingdom

Yunche Wilson

"Being an Expert-Vetted Talent member on Upwork has given me the ability to work and live on my terms. They help me connect with clients who are ready for my high level strategic process which saves me a ton of time and energy."

Yunche Wilson

Fractional CMO, Houston, United States

Jacqueline D. Team Member

“Upwork provided endless opportunities to work alongside some incredible clients. I have built long-lasting relationships with these companies, allowing me to create a trusting brand and scale my business.”

Jacqueline D.

Agency Owner, New York, USA

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"This year since becoming Expert Vetted I’ve earned over $500K on the platform. Upwork has given me the means and support to create the life of my dreams."

Courtney Allen

Presentation Designer, Atlanta, United States

Frequently asked questions

How Expert-Vetted differs from Talent Scout

Expert-Vetted is invitation-only, qualifies you as part of the top 1% of talent on Upwork, and comes with a badge on freelancer and/or agency profiles. Talent Scout is open to freelancers only and doesn’t come with a badge.

Who can become Expert-Vetted

Freelancers and agencies in Web, Mobile, Software Development, Data Science and Analytics, Design and Creative, Sales and Marketing, HR, Consulting, and Writing are eligible to become Expert-Vetted.