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March 16, 2017Aaron Tang
The Alexa skills catalog is home to more than 10,000 skills thanks to our amazing developer community. As most you know, every Alexa skill submitted to Amazon undergoes a certification process prior to being published in our public catalog.
To help you navigate the certification process, let me share its main purpose and requirements, the top issues we're seeing, and some helpful reference material.
All certified skills meet our requirements for policy, security, functionality, and voice interface and user experience. These certification requirements help us maintain a high quality bar for our catalog. It also ensures that the third-party skills our customers consume on Alexa-enabled devices are safe and work well.
These certification requirements are specified in our technical documentation and certification checklist. We encourage you to save this link and reference it often as you develop your skills and prepare to submit them to Amazon. Doing this should help with a smooth certification review and get your skill published within our seven-business-day SLA.
Sixty-five percent of skill submissions run into issues based on a handful of simple requirements. Here are some tips and resources to help you avoid these common pitfalls.
That said, if you think we might misunderstand something about the implementation of your skill, please be sure to let us know through the testing instructions field in the developer console.
Of course, if you run into any issues, we're here to help. In our feedback email, you will find a summary of issues we've identified, step-by-step instructions on how to reproduce each issue (when needed), and guidance to address them. If you have any questions, you can always reach us through our contact form.
Voice User Interface (VUI) design is an exciting field. As we learn more about this burgeoning space and explore the realm of possibilities, we will update our processes and requirements. I'll share news and updates as they happen, aiming to be responsive, consistent, and transparent along the way. We’d love your feedback throughout the process. Please send us your thoughts on the Alexa certification process anytime using our contact form. For additional certification tips, check out our on-demand webinar and our post on example phrases.
The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) enables developers to build capabilities, called skills, for Alexa. ASK is a collection of self-service APIs, documentation, templates, and code samples that make it fast and easy for anyone to add skills to Alexa.
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