What is Self-Certification
Self-certification is a formal declaration by an entity that its identified deployment of a product or service conforms, through a process of conformance testing, to a specific conformance profile of the OpenID Connect protocol. Customers often need an assurance that their deployment conforms, and certification can help provide that assurance.
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NOTICE: This OpenID Connect Certification Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is designed to assist in understanding the concept of, process for, and rules applicable to self-certification of conformance with conformance profiles of the OpenID Connect protocol. This FAQ is subject to change at any time by the OpenID Foundation.
After its launch in April 2015, the certification program for OpenID Providers progressed from the pilot phase open to members to general availability to all in January 2016. The Relying Party certification program entered the pilot phase in December 2016 and progressed to general availability in August 2017. These production OpenID Provider profiles are generally available: Basic OP, Implicit OP, Hybrid OP, Config OP, and Dynamic OP. These production Relying profiles are generally available: Basic RP, Implicit RP, Hybrid RP, Config RP, and Dynamic RP.
NEW! Conformance profiles for OPs and RPs implementing the Form Post Response Mode entered the pilot phase in June 2018. They are Form Post OP and Form Post RP. Please give them a try!
Certification to conformance profiles in the pilot phase is open to all OpenID Foundation members. Members interested in “testing the tests” should send a note to email@example.com to be part of the certification pilot phase for new profiles.
A fee is required for certifications of both OpenID Providers and Relying Parties, unless the certification profile is still in the pilot phase. The fee is intentionally low, to encourage participation, but is there to help cover the ongoing costs of operating the certification program. See the OpenID Certification Fee Schedule page for the prices. Please pay for your certification application at the Certification Payment page when you send in your submission.
No fee is required for certifications to conformance profiles in the pilot phase, since for those we are still “testing the tests”. Payment will be required for new certifications to those profiles once the pilot phase has been completed and the profiles reach general availability.
Yes. By signing and submitting the Certification of Conformance, the organization is declaring both to the OpenID Foundation and to the general public the accuracy of the matters set forth in the Certification.
The OpenID Foundation board of directors approved and published the Open Source Project Certification Policy in June 2021. It provides for no-cost certifications for open source projects meeting defined criteria.
The OpenID Foundation board of directors approved and published the Third-Party Support Certification Policy and initial list of available consultants in June 2021. The certification program team is not resourced to provide consulting services or specific guidance on OpenID specifications, but rather, is narrowly focused on helping those seeking certification understand the process, from performing the tests and interpreting the results through to submitting your self-certification request. If you or your organization require expertise in understanding OpenID specifications or how to successfully configure and deploy, there is a non-exclusive list of consultants available to assist you below, some of whom are also contractors on the OpenID Certification team.
Criteria for being listed as an available consultant:
- OpenID Foundation member in good standing — organization or individual
- Contributor to a prior successful OpenID certification
- Successful OpenID certifications – list of successful certifications (e.g. Connect, FAPI, etc.) to highlight specific expertise
- Languages fluent – spoken languages fluent as this will be become increasingly important as the Foundation and FAPI scale globally
Please send a request to be listed as an available consultant to firstname.lastname@example.org.