A quality assurance program for your API

The Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community is proud to announce the immediate availability of our xPress Roster Certification to the educational marketplace.  Responding to the demands of the marketplace, this certification program offers benefits to both software providers and end-users by providing a verification process and quality assurance. The Certification Program was established to empower end users in selecting best-of-breed products, guaranteeing that every Certified product offers a quality standard of interoperability.  This Certification Program is available to solution suppliers who synchronize student class assignments through the standard xPress Roster API and are A4L Community members in good standing.


“It is very exciting to have a simple API that allows for both provisioning of back end systems and gets people started on mobile solutions. For me, what differentiates xPress is how it fits into A4L’s larger standards, enabling growth without needing to revisit the drawing board”
John W. Lovell, Technology Director, A4L Community


To access the xPress Roster API Test Session, please click here.

To modify a previously submitted CSQ (Conformance Statement Questionnaire), please click here.



About the Certification Program: 

The objective of the Access 4 Learning (A4L) Community, formerly the SIF Association, is to enable disparate vendor applications to exchange data, without the end-user re-entering data multiple times, to provide secure and consistent information to all applications across a given zone/environment.  The A4L Community established the Certification Program to help ensure that data is successfully transferred between applications and that the transferred data successfully resides in all sharing applications, by using an open, community developed data standard – the SIF Specification.  The Certification Program is a voluntary program, and is open to any member of the A4L Community.

Several documents are of particular use to any solution provider considering obtaining SIF Certification for their product:

The SIF 2 Certification Guide and SIF 3 Certification Guide provide an overview of the entire SIF 2 and SIF 3 certification processes, including ‘checklists’ to assist with every certification process, and should be referred to first.

The SIF Certification Policy documents in detail the policies that govern the operation of the SIF Certification Program. These policies define what software products can be certified, what it means to be certified, and the process for achieving and maintaining certification. Buyers intending to procure SIF-certified products will also find this document useful for understanding what they may expect from such a certified product.

Taken together, the SIF Certification Agreement and the Trademark License Agreement (TMLA) constitute the set of requirements and obligations for achieving certification.

All products that have successfully completed the  Certification Program are listed in the Certification Registry.