•   over 3 years ago

How Long Is It Taking To Certify Skills?

I have a skill that I published a new version of for this contest. V1 is already certified and in the store.

However, I submitted the new version of the skill a couple days ago and am nervous that I’ve heard nothing back yet.

How long is certification taking for others?

  • 7 comments

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    For me it took only a day or so to get my exsisting Skill published to the US store. It is a rather simple skill, however. But normally it should not take longer than a week. Also afaik the rules state that you only need to submit your Skill for certification before the deadline and then there is another 15 days or so until it has to get certificated.

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    I submitted my skill on April 30th. On all my previous skills, I usually hear back within a couple days, its been fast lately. However, 1 week later now, and I haven't heard anything at all. No certification and no email stating I need to fix anything. So, I'm getting a bit nervous that my skill won't be certified by the deadline. :(

  • Manager   •   over 3 years ago

    Hey Jeff,

    Don't worry! The certification team has all of the skills that were submitted to the challenge.

    If you don't hear anything by Wednesday, send me an email stefanie @ devpost.com

    Best,
    Stef

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    Thanks Stef! I'll keep you posted.

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    I've also been having some issues getting certified.

    We submitted our skill at the eve of the deadline on April 30, but it then took a week for the first certification rejection to come back - a minor quibble about the launch description wording. We quickly fixed and resubmitted it, but still haven't heard back as of now.

    Is there any way to speed up or assist this process?

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    Will the certification deadline be extended? Many Alexa skills in the Life Hacks challenge, including the one my team developed (Bug Browser), have not been certified yet.

    The competition encourages skills "Optimized for Echo Spot and Echo Show" however skills that choose to optimize for these devices are taking much longer to certify than skills that choose to use just a VUI and are not granted priority over general skill submissions outside of the competition. As a result, display-optimized skills get less reviews by the certification team and have a greater chance of getting disqualified, discouraging further entry of these optimized skills in future competitions.

    The same appears to hold true for any complex skill requiring account linking, audio player, video player, and/or SMS.

    The competition team, Alexa Certification team, and Alexa Developer support teams all appear to be busy as they have not responded after several days. Our initial reply from the certification team took 9 days, which is over 1/2 of the period which the competition allots for skill approval.

  •   •   over 3 years ago

    I agree - our skill uses SMS and Echo Show display, and we've had similar certification delays. Our second submission is still in certification as of now. Would it be possible to extend the deadline?

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