Magento Associates are companies that primarily implement Magento Community Edition sites and are developing their Magento skills. You may find that some Magento Associates have, or are developing, their Magento Enterprise Edition expertise and can be engaged in Magento Enterprise implementations, but most support our merchants by implementing Magento Community Edition based sites. Magento Associates are not required to have any Magento Certified Developers on staff (as Solution Partners are). It is important to find the right company to design and develop your online store with the level of Magento expertise and experience your project requires. This may be a Magento Associate, or a Magento Silver or Gold Solutions Partner.