Becoming a JCP Member: Instructions for Full Membership
Legal entities such as companies and corporations can join the JCP as a Full Member. Individuals may also join as a Full Member. To join as a Full Member, a Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) must be signed. The JSPA is an agreement between a company, organization or individual, and Oracle, setting out each Full Member's rights and obligations when participating on the development of Java technology specifications in the JCP. For a comparison of the privileges of Full Membership and the privileges of other types of Membership, refer to the Participation Overview page or the Membership Classes chart.
Once you have determined that you can and wish to join as a Full Member, follow the applicable instructions:
Instructions for Organizations
Anyone employed by a Full Member organization can participate in the community and make use of the results of this participation within any projects or product developments at the organization.
If your company is not already a Full Member, it can join the Java Community Process.
Take a look at the reasons why your organization should participate in the JCP program. There is no fee for JCP Membership.
Instructions for Individuals
Most individuals who wish to participate in the Java Community Process will do so by becoming Associate Members, but it is possible for an individual to become a Full Member. In order to do so, the individual must fill out the JSPA 2 as described above, AND get his/her Employer to sign an Employer Contribution Agreement (ECA). If you are an individual who wishes to become a Full Member, please submit a JSPA and direct your Employer to visit https://jcp.org/en/participation/eca to fill out an ECA. You are responsible for informing the PMO when your Employer changes.
If you are an individual who is self-employed, a student, unemployed, or employed as a professor at a university, you do not need your employer to sign an ECA.
Electronic Signature Instructions
The default method of Associate Membership Agreement signature is electronic signature.
When you fill out and submit the form for your Membership agreement, an e-mail message will be sent to you. This e-mail message will have a subject line that starts with "Please sign JCP." In the message, it will prompt you to click a link to sign the agreement. Clicking that link will open a web browser window on the electronic signature page for your agreement.
The agreement will be displayed in its entirety. If you have not read the agreement in advance, you can read through it here.
A yellow arrow will hover to the left of the agreement if you still have areas to fill out on the agreement. Click that yellow arrow to jump to the next area where you need to enter information (signature, initials, etc). Each area requiring your input is highlighted as a pink box with a red asterisk. Click on the box to enter your information, as described below:
After you have entered the information for all the fields, a blue button will appear at the bottom of the page labeled "Click to Sign." Once you are satisfied that all the information you have entered is correct, click that blue button and the agreement will be forwarded to Oracle for counter-signature.
Once the agreement has also been signed by Oracle, you will receive an e-mail notification with the subject line "[Name of Agreement] is Signed and Filed!" This message will contain a link to download the fully-signed agreement. Please make sure to save a copy of the agreement for your records; the agreement will only be available for download from the electronic signature service for 30 calendar days.
A note on delegation: if you wish to send the agreement to someone else in your organization for review and/or signature, there are two ways to do so. First, the e-mail message you will receive with the subject line starting with "Please sign JCP" contains another link for delegation. The relevant section reads "If you need to delegate this document to an authorized party for signature, please do not forward this email. Instead, click here to delegate." Second, once you are on the electronic signature page looking at the agreement, you can also delegate by selecting "Someone else should sign" in the "Alternative actions" pull-down menu in the upper left. Either approach will load a form in your web browser where you can specify the e-mail address of the person you want to review and/or sign the agreement, and a box for writing a message to that person. Once you have filled in information for both of these, click the blue "Delegate" button. That person will then receive an e-mail prompt to sign the agreement; please contact that person separately to make sure that he or she is aware that you expect them to review and/or sign an agreement. You may also wish to send that person these instructions.
Instructions for Manual Signature
The default method of JSPA signature is electronic signature. Manual signature is likely to result in a delay between your signing the agreement and completing the process to become a Full Member.
You are strongly encouraged to sign the JSPA electronically. The following instructions are for those who cannot, for whatever reason, sign the JSPA electronically.
After you have filled out the JSPA form and selected "Manual Signature," you will receive an e-mail message with a link to the JSPA 2 ready for you to print and fill out by hand.
If you are unclear about where to put particular information or how to fill out the JSPA, please refer to this sample JSPA.
If you have any questions about filling out an agreement or the Java Community Process in general, please contact the Program Management Office as per the instructions on the PMO contacts page.