How to Get your Hardware PTCRB Certified

The PCS Type Certification Review Board (PTCRB) is an international approval organization founded in 1997. Technical experts from manufacturers, operators and test laboratories work together on specifications for proper and safe functionalities of mobile devices in mobile networks. PTCRB focuses on ensuring that a device functions in accordance with the American mobile phone standard as defined in the regulatory and network operator requirements of the USA (North American Program Reference Document).

PTCRB certification is therefore required for products that rely on mobile communications technologies and are intended to be operated in the USA. These technologies include the mobile communications standards 2G, 3G and LTE, but also new technological developments such as CAT M1 and NB IoT. Consequently, PTCRB operators may block devices from their network, if they are not PTCRB certified.

To learn more details about the specific processes and requirements to get PTCRB certified, check out all the downloadable documents located at the URL below.

Documents include:

  • PTCRB Program Management Document - The PTCRB Program Management Document defines the process to obtain certification.
  • PTCRB NAPRD03 Document - The PTCRB NAPRD03 Document defines the technical requirements for certification.
  • PVG Permanent Reference Document PVG.11 - The PVG 11 Document identifies the frequency bands for testing.
  • 10 Steps to PTCRB Certification for Integrated Devices
  • Guide: How to Certify an Integrated Device