Program Overview

The primary goal of the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Program is to improve the end-user experience by minimizing market interoperability issues and confusion.

In August 2014, our members could see issues arising in the market as a result of the wide variety of products using the PoE name. We began to explore a certification program that would distinguish PoE standards-based products from proprietary PoE implementations.  This led to the formation of the PoE Certification Program.

What does PoE Certification Mean?

The Ethernet Alliance Gen 1 and Gen 2 PoE Certification Test Plan clearly defines test procedures based on the IEEE 802.3 PoE specifications.  Ethernet Alliance Certified products that successfully pass the test plan will be listed on the Certified Product Registry and are approved to utilize the EA Certified logos on PoE products along with related documentation.

The use of Gen 1 and Gen 2 Ethernet Alliance Certified logos simplifies identification of PoE products designed to the IEEE 802.3 PoE standards and increases user confidence that PoE products will interoperate together from multiple manufactures.

Getting Started:

To learn more about how to get started with the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification program, download the Ethernet Alliance PoE Certification Getting Started Guide.

Frequently Asked Questions:

For a common list of FAQs, download our Frequently Asked Questions document.