Get IMS Certified

Top 5 Reasons Why Now is the Time to Get Certified


Educators have enough to juggle these days without having to figure out if your company’s software will plug-and-play with the rest of their digital ecosystem. Here are five ways IMS certification gives you an advantage when institutional leaders consider their digital learning priorities.

  1. A name they trust. The IMS Certified Product Directory provides high-traffic marketing exposure as the authoritative source for IMS certified products. When institutions shop, they start here first.

  2. Stand out in a crowd. Certification goes beyond claims of “compliance." Having an IMS certification shows your dedication to improving outcomes for teachers and learners.

  3. Play well with others. IMS certification guarantees interoperability across the widest range of integrations and thousands of certified products. The list continues to grow every day.

  4. Stay sharp. IMS certified products are backed by expert technical support to troubleshoot any technical issues that may occur—making the implementation of a standard easier.

  5. You're in good company. As part of the IMS community, you’ll be ahead of the curve with updates to standards and involvement in the evolution of conformance testing. 


Barry Brahier, Ph.D. Infinite Campus

“Districts count on our implementation of IMS Global specifications to transfer mission-critical information between vendors. IMS Global certification is key to our successful supplier partnerships.”

Barry Brahier, Ph.D.
Chief Product Officer for Teaching & Learning
Infinite Campus


Ready. Set. Certified.

As an IMS member, it's easy to run an online IMS certification test using the member-only reference implementation to see how your digital resources and software measures up in a specific standard.

Use our detailed report and test as many times as you like on as many products as you like. Then submit your successful test to us. We'll review the results and put your product in the IMS Certified Product Directory.

We partner with you every step of the way, ensuring you achieve certification and get the promotion your product deserves. If you have any questions please contact us.

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Let’s get started together.

Check out our Development, Testing, and Conformance Central resource. Log in with your IMS credentials. Get your IMS certification. It's free for IMS members. 


Rick Johnson, VitalSource

“IMS consistently demonstrates its value and trust by enabling timely integrations and interoperability with our customers. Getting our products certified is how we show commitment to secure and interoperable digital learning ecosystems.”

Rick Johnson
Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Strategy



Are Your Products IMS Certified?

IMS has a community-governed testing program that enables products to be certified compliant with specific IMS standards and features of the standards. For technology suppliers, participation in the IMS certification process is the fastest and most cost-effective way to achieve product integrations. For institutions, ensuring that your educational technology tools are IMS certified is the best way to establish a plug-and-play ecosystem, allowing your tools and content to work together seamlessly, giving you more choice, and reducing your total cost of ownership. 

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IMS members get access to expert support to implement the standards before testing. IMS conformance certification is available for the following IMS standards:

  • Accessible Portable Item Protocol® (APIP®)
  • Caliper Analytics®
  • Common Cartridge®
  • Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®)
  • LTI Advantage
  • Interactive Whiteboard/Common File Format
  • Learning Information Services
  • Open Badges
  • Question and Test Interoperability® (QTI®)
  • Thin Common Cartridge®
  • OneRoster®