Welcome to the SIF Certification Program!
About the SIF Certification Program:
The objective of the SIF Association is to enable disparate vendor applications to exchange data, without the end-user re-entering data multiple times, to provide secure and consistent information to all applications across a given zone/environment. The SIF Association established the SIF Certification Program to help ensure that data is successfully transferred between applications and that the transferred data successfully resides in all sharing applications, by using an open, community developed data standard – the SIF Specification. The SIF Certification Program is a voluntary program, and is open to any member of the Association.
Several documents are of particular use to any solution provider considering obtaining SIF Certification for their product:
- The SIF Certification Guide provides an overview of the entire certification process, including 'checklists' to assist with every certification process, and should be referred to first.
- The SIF Certification Policy documents in detail the policies that govern the operation of the SIF Certification program. These policies define what software products can be certified, what it means to be certified, and the process for achieving and maintaining certification. Buyers intending to procure SIF-certified products will also find this document useful for understanding what they may expect from such a certified product.
The certification program benefits both customers and vendors by:
- Providing end users an assurance of a high level of conformance and interoperability between SIF-certified products.
- Reducing the vendor’s costs and risks involved with getting a product certified.
Under the SIF Certification Program, vendors warrant conformance to a specification. This requires that their product will remain conformant throughout the life of the product’s registration, and that any non-conformance will be promptly fixed.
If you are interested in finding out what products are currently SIF Certified and available in the educational marketplace, please visit the SIF Certification Registry.
If you are interested in participating in the SIF Certification Program, the Guide to the SIF Certification Program is designed to answer the basic questions of an applicant and walk you through the certification process. It should be the first document referred to. Section 4 of the guide provides checklists to help you through the SIF Certification Program.
The following set of steps provides a high level view of the SIF Certification process:
A more detailed description of each process step can be found in the Guide to the SIF Certification Program document, Checklist section.
Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact John Lovell, Senior Systems Developer, or Penny Murray, Community Development Manager.