The Imperial Trading Company uses several different ranks within the guild.
Each of these ranks represents the function the guild member serves, as well as the permissions and perks the guild member receives.
Below each rank is explained.
If you would like to apply to become a more senior rank (an officer) it's actually very informal and straight forward, simply speak to one of the existing Senior Officers or the Guild Leader.
Freeman - Our entry level rank and the most basic rank of membership. Every member who joins the guild will begin here and those only interesting in shopping and trading will likely stay here. In order to achieve and maintain this rank you must agree to buy and sell through our guild store and follow our basic rules as described in the guild charter. This rank is reserved for people who simply use our services for trading purposes and as such has no additional perks or permissions. They have access to buy and sell goods in our guild store.
Yeoman - The senior rank for active guild members. In order to qualify for Yeoman, you must be an active, contributing member of the guild. You must have been with the guild at least one month and have earned one or more of the participation or trading badges. Yeoman permissions include access to the guild store, depositing items to the guild bank, and are trusted with withdrawal as well. They also have the ability to recruit new members but aren't expected to take an active role in recruitment.
Trader - A rank for trading members above yeoman. You earn this by gaining a 'Top Trader' badge 10 times or a Vendor badge 10 times (in other words you get the Executive or Shopkeeper badge).
Merchant - Currently the top level trading rank in the guild. You earn this by gaining a 'Top Trader' badge 20 times or a Vendor badge 20 times.
Junior Officer - In order to attain this rank, you simply need to be helpful and actively recruit new members. Regularly help in dungeons, take an active role with recruitment, ensuring the roster stays active or perhaps suggest and run a more imaginative guild event? It's a more casual officer position for those not able to commit regular blocks of time. Permissions include recruiting powers, access to deposit items into the guild bank and permissions to claim keeps and other resources on behalf of the guild in PvP, and promote members from freeman to yeoman. Junior Officers are also welcome to join in council discussions.
Senior Officer - The top tier officer rank, all Senior Officers have full in-game permissions, they can edit the guild details and message of the day, recruit, promote, demote and dismiss members. They have full access to the guild bank (withdraw and deposit both items and gold), and can claim or release claiming PvP resources. Senior Officers can also bid for traders although this task will be assigned to a specific officer. Senior Officers are players who have agreed to commit more time to the Guild especially with maintaining an active Guild roster and encouraging & attending events. They also assist with other events and resolving disputes when they're available. Senior Officers also have a seat on the Council, kind of like a Guild 'parliament' where major Guild decisions are made.
Guild Leader - This is the leader of the Imperial Trading Company. All permissions and access are granted.