Z-Wave Plus Certification Program

* The information provided here applies to both the original Z-Wave Plus and the new Z-Wave Plus v2 programs. Although technical specifications and requirements differ, the process is identical for both programs.

Z-Wave Plus certifications include stringent technical compliance testing as well as a Market Certification. The Market Certification, administered by the Z-Wave Alliance, is mandatory and must be completed prior to a Z-Wave Plus product
certification being issued.

All Z-Wave Plus devices and software must be submitted on our web-based certification portal

Access is restricted to licensees. Company and user accounts will be needed to access the portal. Requests for new accounts must be submitted to the certification mailbox and include the company name, company location (country) user’s first & last name and their e-mail address.  Multiple user accounts can be created for a company; just provide the required information for each one in your request.

An automatic e-mail notification will be sent by the portal when a new account is created. This message will include a link to the portal and a temporary password. The “Getting Started” tab should be the first stop after logging in and completing the registration. This tab is a link to an integrated Wiki which provides a walkthrough of how to create and submit a certification case, a comprehensive user guide and an overview of the certification program.

All Z-Wave Plus Market Certifications must be submitted in the Z-Wave Alliance Market Certification System

Access is restricted to Full or Principal members of the Alliance. Individual member accounts are used to access the portal. There are no limits on the number of member accounts (employee, sub-accounts) that may be created for a company. New employee accounts under the main company account can be created by the person who holds the credentials for the main company account. Accounts can also be created by the Z-Wave Alliance – send an email to Certification@Z-WaveAlliance.org with your company name and your name and an invitation link to create an employee (member) account under your main company account will be sent to your email.

Certification cases are identified as being in one of the following phases:


1. Initial Form Selection – Developer identifies & selects what is being implemented.
2. Self-Certification – Developer conducts self certification tests and verifies compliance.
3. Initial Review – Case has been submitted by the developer and is pending initial review. The form will be returned to the developer for clarifications and/or corrections if needed
4. Wait for Verification Test – Case has passed initial review and developer needs to pay the fees and submit required documentation & test samples to the selected test partner.
5. Verification Test – Test Partner has received everything (all required documentation, test samples and fees) and the product is ready to be tested. At the completion of testing, results will be submitted to the Certification Manager for review & processing.
6. Wait for Ad Hoc Test – Initial testing resulted in minor issues and the developer needs to submit fixes to the test partner. (Ad Hoc is a 30-day period during which the developer works directly with the test partner to resolve all issues.)
7. Ad Hoc Test – The test partner has received everything needed to re-test the product and verify the issues have been resolved. At the completion of testing, results will be submitted to the Certification Manager for review & processing.
8. Market Certification – A case may be in this phase for either of the following reasons:
    1. This is a review-only recertification that has passed the initial review. It will remain in this phase until the Z-Wave Alliance has approved the corresponding Market         Certification for this product.
    2. The test results for this case have been received from the test partner; however, the Market Certification for this device has not yet been approved by the Z-Wave         Alliance. A product certification cannot be issued until the Market Certification has been approved so this case will remain in this phase until that has been         accomplished.
9. Certification Finished – The certification case has been closed. Possible outcomes are:
    1. Passed & certification issued.
    2. Failed - Product must be resubmitted as a new case.
    3. Cancelled
    4. Expired – Developer has exceeded the allowed time for ad hoc issue resolution.
    5. Revoked

Initial Form Selection / Self-Certification: Question Mark icons “?” are located throughout the certification form. Clicking on these icons opens a Wiki page in a new browser tab with more information and in many cases the related test specification. The test specifications on these Wiki pages will be updated as needed.

Market Certification: Product & market information can be submitted in the Z-Wave Alliance Market Certification System after a case number has been assigned. Case numbers are automatically assigned when the certification form is submitted for the initial review. Please note that full membership or higher in the Alliance is required.

Verification Testing: The testing required depends on the type of device and its functionality. Testing verifies RF functionality, core Z-Wave functionalities and Command Class implementations as identified in the Device Type Specification, Role Type Specification, Command Class Specifications. Depending on the device, additional specifications documents may also apply.

Our independent test partners try to conduct all testing within two to three weeks of a device entering the test queue but the number of devices in the queue changes constantly and our independent test houses get backed-up occasionally. A device doesn’t actually enter the queue until all of the following are completed:

  • The submitted form has been reviewed & approved.
  • The test house has received payment.
  • The test house has received test samples and all necessary documentation (instructions/manual, special instructions if needed, etc.)


A complementary tool, the Z-Wave Compliance Test Tool (CTT) is available for download from the Silicon Labs tech support website. The CTT can be used to help verify that slave devices are performing properly in respect to Z-Wave functionality and that all mandatory device and command class requirements have been implemented properly. The CTT may also be used to emulate some slave devices and assist with controller functionality testing.

Important Notice: New products MUST be based on the latest specifications and utilize the current certification form but a developer may be finalizing their product and preparing for certification when new versions of the documents are published. Due to this:

  1.  A device may be submitted for certification based on the previous specifications for a period of 60 days from the publication
    date of the new specifications.  The test partner must receive fee payment and test samples within 60 days of the form passing the initial review or the case will be cancelled.
  2. The form on the certification portal is always the latest approved version so comments MUST be added for any items based on the earlier specifications and not complying with the new specifications.
  3. Any submission occurring after the 60 day time period MUST be based on the latest specifications.


Note

The Z-Wave Certification Portal and the Z-Wave Alliance Market Certification System both have methods for making a copy of a previous certification case for the purposes of making it easier to complete a certification form when one product is based upon or closely related to another.     

  • In The Z-Wave Certification Portal there is an option to “clone” a case to create a new certification request submission. Remember to make changes to the          cloned information where appropriate prior to submitting for approval.
  • In the Z-Wave Alliance Market Certification System there is an option to “import” information from another case.  After the new certification case has beeninitialized in the system and before information is entered, i.e. at Step 1 ofthe process, enter the previous case number (e.g. C/N[#xxxxx]) or the previous Z-Wave Certification Number (e.g. ZC1x-xxxxxxxx) in the box next to the IMPORT button and then click IMPORT.
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