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Latest Z-Wave Certification Updates:
Certification has been updated to support specification version 2021B, C, & D
The Certification tools have been updated to support the latest specification requirements. This means that the Z-Wave Plus v2 program now uses form revision 10 and the Z-Wave Plus program uses form revision 30. The old form revisions will be deprecated on February 22, 2022 and from that date submissions based on Z-Wave Plus form revision 29 and Z-Wave Plus v2 form revision 9 will be rejected in Initial Review. The Compliance Test Tool (CTT) has also been updated and the latest version 3.2.3 must be used when creating tests
Certification cost reduction of Z-Wave Plus v2 Z/IP GW Controllers
The Compliance Test Tool v3 and the number of automated test cases introduced in this version has reduced the time needed in verification. So as of October 1, 2021, the cost of certifying a Z-Wave Plus v2 Z/IP GW Controller device has been reduced by 25% to $6,000 USD.
Deprecation of the Z-Wave Plus certification program
- From April 4, 2022 all new certifications must be based upon the Z-Wave v2 certification program. Re-certification of Z-Wave Plus certified devices will still be possible.
- When transferring to the Z-Wave Plus v2 program, users will benefit form the full functionalities provided in the CTTv3 tool, such as 80% automated test cases and direct interaction with the Portal form. The Z-Wave Plus v2 certification program is made more user friendly by automatically pre-selecting the form items that are mandatory based upon product information provided by the user
- Z-Wave Plus v2 provides equal high level of interoperability on any new Z-Wave product brought to the ecosystem in Z-Wave Plus v2 such as: any device type MUST support the same package of command classes:
- Indication mechanism
To view past certification news please visit our Certification Archive page here.
Interoperability between all Z-Wave products is the cornerstone of the brand.
Certification of devices to Z-Wave standards is required as part of the Trademark and Distribution License agreement and every device must pass a series of tests to ensure that it is compliant prior to the device being marketed or sold commercially.
In order to secure interoperability there is a straight-forward Z-Wave certification program in place that consists of 2 mandatory components:
1. Technical Certification
2. Market Certification
Both components must be successfully completed before a device certification number can be issued and products can feature the Z-Wave interoperability logo badges. The Z-Wave Plus logo on a product or package assures customers, consumers, dealers, integrators and service providers that the products will reliably perform with all Z-Wave certified products, designed for the same region.
Z-Wave Certification Process
1. Membership of Z-Wave Alliance. In order to certify products, companies must join the Z-Wave Alliance at the Manufacturer level or higher. Brander members may brand and adopt certified products and may hold a license to use Z-Wave certification marks, but cannot submit their own products for certification. For full information on membership, please review this page. In order to take advantage of all the Z-Wave Alliance benefits this step should be considered early in your development process. Please be sure to include your marketing team to ensure compliance with the marketing requirements, logos, packaging and paper inlays.
2. Z-Wave Certification Portal. Request access to the Z-Wave Certification Portal by emailing the Z-Wave certification team.
On the Z-Wave Certification Portal, read the information in the “Getting Started” section. Here you will find step-by-step instructions to help you create a certification case.
3. Compliance Test Tool. Download the Compliance Test Tool (CTT) from the Z-Wave Certification Portal and use it during product development to test and verify your Z-Wave implementation.
4. Send your Product to Certification Testing. After ensuring your product is Z-Wave compliant, finalize and submit your form on the Z-Wave Certification Portal. A case number is automatically assigned and once your submission has been reviewed and approved, you can start working with one of our independent test houses.
5. Market Certification. Start your Market Certification with the Z-Wave Alliance as soon as you have a case number. More information about how to use Market Certification may be found on the “Getting Started” page in the Certification Portal, linked above.
6. Z-Wave Certification is done. Once the device has passed the technical tests AND the Market Certification has been approved by the Z-Wave Alliance a Z-Wave certification number is issued and you can now launch your product into the interoperable Z-Wave ecosystem.
Important Documentation for Z-Wave Technical Certification
Device and Role Type Specifications documents
Z-Wave Certification Support
Z-Wave Certification Team for questions regarding the overall certification process or questions regarding certification interoperability testing done by the independent test partners: CertAdmin@Z-WaveAlliance.org
The Chip vendor Support Team or local Field Application Engineer for questions regarding the Z-Wave Protocol, Command Class implementation or specification issues..