Join as an IMS Affiliate

Join IMS Global as an Affiliate Member

Joining IMS Global as an Affiliate member provides access to a community for developers and end-users to collaborate on tools, techniques, and trials of distributed learning products and delivery systems. The individuals and organizations play a key role in providing feedback to IMS and the Technical Advisory Board.

IMS Affiliates are valuable for enabling broad participation in the activities of IMS by end-user organizations and for the sharing of best practices in learning technology innovation.

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Who Should Join as an Affiliate:

  1. If you are a product or service company implementing or using IMS specifications, you are strongly encouraged to join the Affiliate to indicate your support for open specifications development. In return, IMS provides tools to implement the specifications much more productive and effective and will update you directly on any changes or improvements.
  2. Affiliate membership is also for organizations that are end-users of learning technology such as educational institutions, school districts, and the training or human resources units of corporations who are interested in accelerating the development and adoption of the open architecture needed to improve teaching and learning impact.

Affiliate Non-Technical Benefits

  • Access to quarterly meetings and leadership groups not available to the public on the effective implementation of the IMS specifications and new innovations in the learning industry and the state of open specifications and standards for learning
  • Receive the monthly IMS Member Dispatch to keep up to speed on the latest IMS news, workgroup activities, and upcoming meetings
  • Application fee for the annual Learning Impact Award competition is waived.
  • Ability to attend IMS Quarterly Meetings.
  • Discounts on IMS's annual Learning Impact Leadership Institute.
  • Identification on the IMS web site
  • Ability to use relevant IMS trademarked terms on your web site and marketing materials in accordance with IMS guidelines.
  • Timely notifications of new releases, Learning Impact articles, and specification updates delivered via email.

Affiliate Implementation and Adoption Benefits

  • Preferred early access to draft specifications.
  • Access to development tools not available to the public, such ar reference implementation, Apache 2 Open Source licenses, UML diagram and EXI files as released by the technical project groups.
  • Access to IMS Alliance resources and conformance certification tests for most IMS Standards*. 
  • Ability to obtain IMS Conformance Certification for all IMS standards.
  • Apply the IMS Conformance Certification Trademark and Registration Number to Specific Product(s) to promote valid certifications.
  • Ability to participate in the TrustEd Apps Program.
  • Technical support for end-user organizations implementing standards from IMS staff and other IMS members via online forums and the IMS Support Portal.
  • Ability to participate in the IMS LTI Developer's Assistance Program
  • Access to an Affiliates Forum for discussion with peers
  • Technical support for end-user organizations implementing standards from IMS staff and other IMS members via online forums
  • Ability to implement the CASE standard get certified as a CASE Network Consumer. Details can be accessed on the member website at
  • Access to Premium CASE Network Services that include use of the GUID Translator to match the text of a given standard framework with the correct identifiers (GUID) found in the CASE Network and add those identifiers to their database. Contact for more information or to arrange a demonstration of the GUID Translator. Special offers from CASE Network Preferred Partners, email notifications and updates related to the CASE Network, and online support to resolve integration and  interoperability problems encountered with certified products. 
  • Access to the CASE Network Supplier benefits.

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

Organization Type Organization Size Affiliate
Suppliers by Annual Revenue +$50 million $14,500
+$10 million $9,500
-$10 million $5,500
-$1 million $2,500
Higher Education Institutions by Annual Operating Budget University State System $15,000
University State System Office $3,500
Community College System $5,000
Community College System Office $2,500
+$500 million $3,500
+$250 million $2,500
-$250 million $1,500
School Organizations by Number of Students Served State Dept of Education $3,000
+15,000 students $1,500
-15,000 students $1,000
-2500 students $750

*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.

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