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Becoming a JCP Member: Instructions for Associate Membership

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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.

If you already have a JCP account associated with your JUG, please create a second JCP account (which requires a separate email address) for your Associate Membership; each Membership requires the use of a distinct user account.

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:

  1. Register for the site if you don't already have an account.
  2. Log on to with your account.
  3. Fill out the Associate Membership Agreement (AMA) form. By default, the AMA expects an electronic signature (see the detailed electronic signature instructions below). If you wish instead to print out a copy of the agreement for a physical signature, make sure to select "Manual Signature" on the form (see the manual signature instructions section below.
  4. Submit the Associate Membership Agreement (AMA) form. You will then receive an e-mail message prompting you to sign the AMA electronically.
  5. Click the link in the e-mail prompt, which will take you to a page to sign the AMA.
  6. Sign the AMA electronically.
  7. Once you have submitted your electronic signature, Oracle will be prompted to counter-sign the AMA. Once Oracle has signed the agreement, you will be notified that the agreement is complete and you can download it and/or print it for your records. The JCP Program Management Office (PMO) will then contact you with information about your Associate Membership.

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:

  • Name and Signature: Click this field to bring up a window to type your name. In this window is a box labeled "Enter your full name here." Select that box and type your full name. The electronic signature service will then sign your name from what you have typed. As an alternative, you can click the "Draw" option to sign your name freehand with your pointer. When you are satisfied with how your name and signature appear, click the blue "Apply" button to return to the agreement.

  • Title: Click this field to type in your job title.
With any of the fields, you can return to the field after you have entered something and change it. Just click on the box again to edit what you have entered.

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.

After you have filled out the agreement form and selected "Manual Signature," you will receive an e-mail message with a PDF attachment ready for you to print and sign.

  1. Register for the site, if you haven't already.
  2. Log on to with your account.
  3. Fill out the Associate Membership Agreement form, making sure to select "Manual Signature" on the form.
  4. You will then receive an e-mail message with a PDF attachment for manual signature.
  5. Print the .pdf of the AMA.
  6. Fill out the remaining portion of the AMA by hand:
    • On page 3, print your name on the first line under "IN WITNESS WHEREOF."

    • On page 3, sign the agreement and add your name. Then add your title and the date you signed the agreement to the blanks on page 4.
    • Fill out the Exhibit A contact information.
    • Submit the completed AMA to the PMO per the instructions on submitting a Member agreement. Please make sure to submit all of the pages back to the PMO. Partial submission or incomplete submission cannot be accepted and will not be processed until it is complete.
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.