Device Hardware Reliability Certification

The Device Hardware Reliability Certification program defines a standardized lifecycle testing methodology to predict the expected field performance of today’s sophisticated smartphones. Utilizing modern reliability engineering techniques, this industry-standard allows device manufacturers to eliminate duplicate testing that may be taking place across similar but slightly different methodologies defined by individual network operators. Testing includes drop, tumble, water ingress, and PCBA reliability.

The Certification Process


Manufacturer submits a request for certification through the CTIA Certification database.


Manufacturer selects a test lab.


Test lab conducts testing and submits test results to the certification database.


Manufacturer submits required documentation to the certification database.


Manufacturer pays lab for testing and CTIA for certification.


CTIA Certification ensures that all requirements have been met.


Certification notice is issued to the manufacturer.

Device Hardware Reliability Certification FAQs

Here are answers to common questions about our Device Hardware Reliability Certification Program. If you have questions that we have not answered, please submit a question or contact us.

Authorized Device Hardware Reliability Test Labs

There are numerous CTIA Certification Authorized Test Labs (ATLs) throughout the world. Find one near you.

Working Groups

CTIA Certification working groups are the foundation of our certification programs. This global network of operators, service providers, device manufacturers, test labs, and many others, solve industry challenges, enable new efficiencies, and hold the wireless industry to the highest standard.