Becoming a JCP Member: Instructions for Associate Membership
Individuals who wish to be listed as Contributors to a JSR become Associate Members. They do so by signing the Associate Membership Agreement (download a review copy). The new Associate Membership class is targeted at individual developers who wish to participate in the JCP. Such developers either have not signed the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) or are not employees of entities that have signed the JSPA. This membership agreement maintains some of the same restrictions and requirements currently under the JSPA but is considerably shorter and simpler. Unlike the JSPA, no employer approval is required.
For information about the other classes of JCP Membership, refer to the Participation Overview page.
Once you have determined that you wish to become an Associate Member, follow these steps:
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 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.
Manual Signature Instructions
The default method of Associate Membership Agreement signature is electronic signature. Manual signature is likely to result in a delay between your signing the agreement and completing the process to become an Associate Member.
You are strongly encouraged to sign the AMA electronically. The following instructions are for those who cannot, for one reason or another, sign the AMA electronically.
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.