Join the Learning Tools & Content Alliance

Join the Learning Tools (LTI®) & Content Alliance

IMS Alliances are developer communities that ensure interoperability across platforms and keep implementers current on the evolution of a specific set of IMS standards. Alliances were established at the request of the IMS members. IMS members wanted support to make reliable interoperability a reality and wanted to avoid the need for every implementing organization to reinvest in the tools, processes, and interactions to integrate with every platform. In the Alliance, IMS provides this support at a fraction of the cost and, most importantly, steps in on an ongoing basis to resolve issues that arise.

Under the Alliances, IMS provides online support to implement conformant products. When testing is completed, IMS issues a conformance certification mark that IMS stands behind. What this means is that IMS will get involved directly in any issues that arise and work across organizations to resolve. 

Joining in the Alliance and working through the process in the only way to achieve official IMS conformance certification. The certification program is managed and evolved by current IMS Members. This creates the community ownership needed to achieve high levels of interoperability and earn the trust of buyers in interoperable products.  

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Benefits of Alliance Membership

  • Ability to apply for Common Cartridge,  Learning Tools Interoperability and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Resource Search Certification
  • Promotion of certified products and services in the online product & services catalog for organizations that join and maintain membership in the Alliance.
  • Use of an approved product mark for appropriately tested products in accordance with IMS guidelines.
  • Common Cartridge®, Learning Tools Interoperability® and LTI Resource Search news updates.
  • Listing of support on IMS Global web site.
  • Notifications of new test cases and changes.
  • Opportunity to participate in Learning Tools & Content Alliance presence at conferences and exhibitions.
  • Discounted registration fees for Learning Impact Leadership Institute Conference.
  • Online support for end-user organizations in including requirements for open standards in writing RFPs, tenders, and procurements.
  • Technical support for end-user organizations implementing standards from IMS staff and other IMS members via online forums.
  • Online support to resolve integration and interoperability problems encountered with compliant products.
  • Receipt of the IMS Members Dispatch - a members-only monthly newsletter.


Annual Dues by Organization Type and Size $USD (see All Membership Levels)

Organization Type Organization Size Learning Tools Content Alliance
Suppliers by Annual Revenue +$50 million $5,000
+$10 million $4,000
<$10 million $3,000
<$1 million $2,000
Higher Education Institutions by Annual Operating Budget State System N/A
+$500 million $1,500
+$250 million $1,000
<$250 million $750
School Organizations by Number of Students Served State Dept of Education N/A
+15,000 students N/A
<15,000 students N/A
<2500 students N/A

*Note: There are infinite types and sizes of organizations around the world - many of whom do not fall into the defined categories above. Please contact us if you are wondering how your organization fits. 


Benefits of Certification


  • Buyers trust IMS as the neutral arbiter of truly interoperable products and content 
  • IMS certification designates passing a set of tests that will guarantee interoperability across the widest range of integrations - across a growing range of  100s of certified products
  • Certification requires extensive testing and is much better than claims of “compliance"
  • The IMS Certification process connects your organization to an community of technical resources making implentation of the standard easier
  • IMS certificaton provides a specific registraton number for a product to be used in responses to requests for proposals 
  • IMS certified products are backed by IMS technical support to troubleshoot any technical issues that may occur 
  • Organization achieving IMS certificaton can use the IMS certification logo in product and general marketing 
  • The IMS certification Alliance community provides continuous updates and involvement in the evolution of the standard and conformance testing 
  • Certification is included as a benefit of IMS membership: any number of products can be certified at no additional cost for each Alliance category or all categories for Affiliate or Contributing Members of IMS 
  • The IMS web site provides high traffic marketing exposure as the authoritative source for IMS certified products