Certify and Publish Your Skill

After you design, build, and test your skill, you're ready to certify and publish your skill. To receive certification, your skill must meet Amazon requirements and pass a certification process. After your skill receives certification, you can publish your skill in the Alexa Skills Store. The Alexa Skills Kit (ASK) includes guidelines and tools to certify and publish skills.

For smart home skills and devices, Amazon has an additional certification program to establish your product's compatibility with Alexa.

Skill certification guidelines

For smart home skills and devices, you can also submit your product for Works with Alexa Certification.

Certification process

After you submit your skill for certification, you can track the review progress of your skill in the Alexa developer console or follow the progress by using the Get certification review REST API.

Certification turnaround time varies based on the type of skill and the type of test plan that the skill requires. The certification process includes policy, security, functional, voice interface and user experience testing. Amazon recommends that you review the submission checklist as you build your skill.

After the certification review completes, you receive an email at the address associated with your Amazon developer account. If you don't receive an email, check your spam folder or update the email address associated with your company profile.

To view the progress of certification testing in the Alexa developer console

  1. Sign in to the Alexa developer console.
  2. From the skill list, under STATUS, locate the development version of your skill, and then, in the dropdown under ACTIONS, select Edit.
  3. Open the Certification tab, and then from the left menu, select Submission.
  4. Here you can view the skill status, an estimated date of certification, and the countries that your skill will be available in.

Additional resources

Use the following additional resources to help you learn how to certify and publish an Alexa skill. For questions about certification of Alexa skills and features, you can contact Amazon.

Concepts and procedures

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Last updated: Apr 23, 2024